University of the Highlands and Islands
Nursing (Adult) BSc
University of the Highlands and Islands

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

If you're looking for an exciting and rewarding career, nursing could be for you.

The University of the Highlands and Islands offers you the opportunity to undertake a nursing degree in the Highlands or Western Isles of Scotland, leading to professional registration as an Adult or Mental Health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Our BSc Nursing Programme is an innovative programme that combines the best of teaching, technology, simulation and practice experience to prepare you for an exciting career in nursing.

You will experience nursing care in different hospital and community settings, with options to study at our Department of Nursing and Midwifery at either of the following locations:

Inverness (Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing) Stornoway (Adult Nursing) Our students often have opportunities to undertake international elective placements.

Your programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills to gain entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council register as a nurse. The primary purpose of the NMC is protection of the public. It does this through maintaining a register of all qualified nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses eligible to practise within the UK and by setting national standards for their education, training and conduct.

The aim of the programme is to support your development into a confident and competent nurse, who can provide effective, compassionate care in a range of care settings. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of critical reading, appreciation and analysis, numeracy and literacy.

For more information, come and see us at our open days.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Nursing (Adult), BSc you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Qualification requirements

in a health-related subject

in a health-related subject

Social Services and Healthcare plus one Higher at B or above

Alternatively a College access course e.g. NC/NQ Health and Social Care/Applied Science Level 6 plus one higher at grade B or above OR Access to Nursing with a pass and CCB in the profile. UHI does not use Tariff points, and accepts a range of qualifications. Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis. Evidence of your digital and technological literacy will be determined by successful completion of your online application.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 7 IELTS at 7.0, with writing element at 6.5 or above and all other elements at 7.0 or above
Institution's Own Test OET–score of 350 or above in Speaking, Listening and Reading and score 300 or above in Writing.

Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Nursing (Adult), BSc.


Tuition Fees Nursing (Adult) BSc

Ireland £9000 year 1
EU £13620 year 1
Scotland £1820 year 1
England UK £9000 year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 year 1
Wales £9000 year 1
Channel Islands £9000 year 1
International £13620 year 1

Additional fee information

Eligible EU students, with pre-settled or settled status in the UK, will be considered as home students for fee purposes and will be charged the Scotland-domiciled fee rate. Currently, Scottish/EU students who meet the residency criteria and have not previously studied nursing or midwifery will have the full cost of their tuition fees covered. From 2021-22, this will only apply to EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK.

Scottish students who meet the residence criteria may be eligible for the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary, a non-repayable, non-income assessed bursary. Depending on your personal circumstances, you may be able to apply for additional allowances. Further details are available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland SAAS.
Students from the rest of the UK can apply for tuition fee and living cost loan from their home funding body.

This course is not currently available to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here. Students living in the UK and assessed as international for fee status will pay the fees as listed above. EU student commencing their studies from 2021-22 academic year, who do not have pre-settled or settled status in the UK, will be considered as international for tuition fee purposes.
For full details on fees and funding please visit

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

What students say about studying Adult Nursing in the UK?

  • Clare, Adult Nursing student
  • Adult Nursing student Heather's journey to Herts
  • The Placement Experience - Adult Nursing
  • Adult Nursing - documentary short
  • Nursing students share their placement experiences
  • Nursing: Course Content - Adult Nursing

About University of the Highlands and Islands

The University of the Highlands and Islands offers their students the opportunity to study at one of their 13 colleges or research centres. For those who don’t have the freedom to enrol themselves in full-time education, this university also offers a series of options on a flexible Part-time or Online basis. With that said, 7 out of their 13 institutions offer a Childcare service, which is useful for enabling parents to pursue their degrees. When it comes to research activity, the University of the Highlands and Islands’ main focus is on Engineering, Humanities, Society, and Health Science.

Where is this programme taught

Department of Nursing and Midwifery Stornoway
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Department of Nursing and Midwifery Inverness
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