The School of Nursing and Midwifery is uniquely positioned to offer an innovative approach to nursing with an interprofessional learning context using the latest technologies in simulated teaching to support clinical practice. Changes in health care trends, policies and technologies and the demand for evidence of graduate study has increased the necessity for health professionals to redefine and update their skills-base.

This programme is designed for registrants needing to top-up their academic profile to degree level, our BSc in Health and Clinical Studies allows students to study in their own field of expertise, deepen their knowledge and at the same time expand their career progression opportunities with direct access to clinical placement opportunities within their clinical specialism.

Health and Clinical Studies Degree highlights

The BSc Health and Clinical Studies offers students 450 hours of clinical practice education in both urban and rural settings.

World Class Facilities

  • Learn and test your clinical skills through the use of state of the art simulation equipment. Our revolutionary facilities allow our educators to role play scenarios in response to the students' actions. This activity takes place behind a one way mirror and provides the teaching team with the opportunity to observe and monitor the students' response to the specific scenarios.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • The educational staff within the School are renowned across the world for their innovative activities and subject expertise.

Student Experience

  • The BSc Health and Clinical Studies offers students 450 hours of clinical practice education in both urban and rural settings. This is a unique opportunity for interested international health professionals to gain access to NHS clinical settings with the support and mentorship of university and clinical staff.
  • Nurses and Midwives learn to be an integral part of a healthcare team. Within this School, multidisciplinary teams of medical students and nursing students work together during interprofessional learning scenarios.

Course content

Course Structure

This programme is specifically designed for registrants wishing to top-up their academic profile to degree level; it allows students to study full time in their own field of expertise, deepen their knowledge and expand their career progression opportunities, as well as gaining valuable clinical based practical experience.

The BSc in Health and Clinical Studies will prepare nurses, midwives, and specialist community nurses:

• To foster intellectual and personal development through the study of specialist areas of nursing practice and health care provision.
• To enable students to develop a scholarly understanding of the importance of evidence based and cost – effective health and social care.
• To provide opportunities for students to progress academically and professionally and to acquire skills that will improve their employment opportunities.
• To assist students to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for their subject and acquire the skills appropriate to selfdirected study and lifelong learning.

This programme is delivered full time over two years and is structured to integrate evidence-based theory with clinical based practice learning opportunities. It consists of two discrete Parts (1 and 2) that comprise taught modules of study and a clinical practicum.

Students must successfully take and pass a total of 120 credit points, including one 20-credit-point research module (part 1) and the clinical practice (part 2). With agreement of the Programme Coordinator three modules from designated areas of practice (eg Renal Nursing, Intensive Care Nursing) may be used and identified in the final academic award.

The programme provides a range of module options to enable a bespoke pathway of study to meet a student’s personal and professional needs. It contains one compulsory research module: Research and Development in Clinical Practice, with students selecting their remaining module options from a wide ranging list that includes specialties such as

• cancer
• oncology
• orthopaedics
• children’s nursing
• mental health
• anaesthetics
• sexual and reproductive health
• infectious diseases
• respiratory
• renal

Learning and Teaching

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable students to achieve their full academic potential.

We do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:

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E-Learning technologies

Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space, podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities.


Introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).

Personal Tutor

Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during Level 1 and 2 who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.

Practical and Simulation Based Education

Where you will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts. All nursing students have opportunities to engage in interprofessional education (IPE) activities. You will be expected to attend 100% of practical classes within the relevant nursing modules.

Self-directed study

This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and research work for assignments is carried out.


Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess your own progress and understanding with the support of peers. You should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.

Work Practice placements

Students will undertake clinical placements as part of the programme. This enhances the link from theory to practice in nursing and provides students with a wide variety of opportunities and experiences in all fields of nursing.


The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Module Handbook which is provided to all students at the start of each module.

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Modules are assessed through project work, written assignments, written and oral examinations and OSCE.


As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:

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Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that you, as an individual or as part of a group, have submitted.

Face to face comment. This may include occasions when you make use of the lecturers’ advertised “office hours” to help you to address a specific query.

Placement employer comments or references.

Online or emailed comment.

General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.

Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which you can review in your own time.

Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.

Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.

Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work.

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

Application for admission to this degree is direct to the University and not via UCAS. Please contact the School directly for details on entrance requirements, information on how to apply and associated information can be accessed here:

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.


For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)


Career Prospects

The BSc in Health and Clinical Studies will prepare nurses, midwives, and specialist community public health nurses:

To foster intellectual and personal development through the study of specialist areas of nursing practice and health care provision.

To enable students to develop a scholarly understanding of the importance of evidence based and cost–effective health and social care.

To provide opportunities for students to progress academically and professionally and to acquire skills that will improve their employment opportunities.

To assist students to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for their subject and acquire the skills appropriate to self–directed study and life–long learning.

Employment after the Course
This flexible and innovative programme prepares our students to be sought-after practitioners capable of delivering care around the globe. As such we have graduates that are working locally, nationally and internationally at all levels of health care provision including in leadership and management roles. Graduates of the BSc in Health Studies may be eligible to access a range of post graduate study options e.g. MSc Advanced Professional Practice.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees


Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

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Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Health and Clinical Studies costs

All students entering this programme are required to undergo an enhanced disclosure check with Access NI which costs £33. In year 1 students must buy a uniform from a QUB uniform supplier (approximate cost £180), a name badge (£10) and a clinical portfolio (£10) from the University. All students on this program will undertake clinical placements, students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placements. Some reimbursement may be available. International and non-commissioned pre-registration students are required to pay a placement charge of £1,500. Students may wish to buy a Fob Watch or Pinard Horn, approximate cost £15.

How do I fund my study?

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.


Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

How and When to Apply

1. How to Apply

Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at:

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