Nursing Studies (Top-up) (Distance Learning) BSc(Hons) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

In order to meet the rapidly changing needs and expectations of healthcare environments, this course provides the opportunity for qualified nurses to undertake a top-up degree through distance learning.

In 2010, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) amended its required minimum outcome for pre-registration nurse education to degree-level study. As a result, employers will increasingly require their nurses from Band five upwards to hold a degree qualification as a minimum. This course enables qualified practitioners to top-up their qualification to degree level and maximise their opportunities for career progression.

You will have the opportunity to relate your studies to your own clinical practice. This involves exploring and reflecting upon a range of ideas within healthcare practice, helping you to develop the knowledge required to provide complex care. You will also undertake exercises where you will engage with online materials and reflect on your understanding.

You will be taught by staff who are actively involved in research and have close links to practice, many of whom have recent experience of doing the job you are training for, so you will have the opportunity to learn from their up-to-date knowledge and skills.

This course aims to prepare you for the next stage in your career and helps you to develop the academic skills required to enhance your practice, as well as implement changes.

Start date:
11 / 09 / 2017


2 years part-time.

Entry requirements

•  You must possess a Nursing Studies Diploma of Higher Education or an equivalent qualification and current NMC registration.

•  Have access to a computer with a reliable internet connection and the ability to access and use online study guidance and support as this course is delivered through distance learning.

•  You must be employed in a nursing role suitable to be able to complete the course

•  Candidates for whom English is not the first language are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 7.0 with no lower than 6.5 in any single component.

Please note: UCAS points are based on the new UCAS tariff, introduced for courses starting in 2017/18.


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Course content

Year 1

Developing an Understanding of Research Processes and Methods (Distance Learning)

This module provides you with the opportunity to evaluate and critically appraise published healthcare research, as well as develop an understanding of different designs, methods and approaches to research. Emphasis will be placed on utilising a structured systematic process of reviewing research that provides the necessary evidence to support and develop clinical practice. You'll evaluate and have the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of published research within the context of ethical, national and local healthcare provision. Assessment will be through coursework.

Advancing Nursing Practice (Distance Learning)

This module provides the opportunity to advance your existing knowledge of patient care by exploring and analysing evidence based practice and current research. Through detailed reviews of scenario based exercises you’ll examine professional principles that impact on contemporary nursing practice. You’ll also develop an online learning log analysing strategies that enable enhanced performance within the care team. Integral to this process is the examination of your professional role and responsibilities in managing patient care. Assessment will be through one piece of coursework.

Year 2

Leadership and Management in Health Professional Practice (Distance Learning)

This module provides the opportunity to develop your understanding of leadership and management in healthcare practice. You’ll have the chance to explore legislation, understand how to lead teams and solve problems to promote high quality care. The module provides the opportunity to enhance the skills you already possess and further develop you as a capable, autonomous, accountable, and reflective practitioner using examples and scenarios from practice. Assessment is through one piece of coursework involving the interpretation, reflection and critically evaluation of a critical incident related to your own field of professional practice.

Research-Based Project (Distance Learning)

You’ll examine an area of current practice under the supervision of a member of academic staff and submit a research based project which demonstrates an appreciation of the area of practice and research processes. The project design can have a variety of methodologies including literature review, audit, production of learning materials or a proposal for a future empirical study. You’ll be assessed through one piece of coursework which meets the required structure of a research project.

Steven Brown, Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences

“This course was designed and validated in conjunction with local employers and provides the opportunity for nurses to gain a post registration degree related to their own professional area. The course incorporates modules that will challenge your understanding of nursing practice.  Our graduates have found the course to be very beneficial to their careers, although some had worked in the area for many years, this enabled them to gain a new perspective on their role.”

Teaching and assessment

Teaching on this course is delivered through lectures, group work, seminars, tutorials, online learning logs and distance learning. A variety of assessment methods will be utilised including negotiated learning contracts, reports, essays, research critiques and a project.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks, unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This course will provide you with the opportunity to enhance your career progression and develop as a mentor.

How much will it cost me?

Tuition fees for students joining the course in 2017/18 are £3,300. Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Further study

You may be interested in studying:

Health Studies MSc

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time online application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.

Please note, the closing date is 31 July 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.