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To apply for one of our undergraduate courses you must complete the following steps:

1: UCAS Application

If you wish to make an application for admission to any of our full-time undergraduate courses then you must use the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at

Click here to download our Guide to the selection process for 2020/21

2: The Selection Process

We use a selection process which is specifically designed to identify candidates who possess the attributes and skills needed to become a successful nurse or midwife.  First, we read every candidate's UCAS personal statement and look for evidence of motivation, enthusiasm, commitment and drive.  Then we invite the top candidates for interview.  We use a Multi Mini Interview (MMI) format; click here for more information on interviews.

3: Access NI Check

All of our undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery programmes involve activity with children and adults, which falls within the definition of ‘Regulated Activity’, as defined by the Protection of Freedoms Act. Candidates to these programmes must undergo an enhanced level criminal history check which is processed by AccessNI, the Department of Justice’s disclosure service. Once a check has been completed AccessNI will provide an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate (EDC).  This certificate contains details of any spent and unspent convictions, as well as any cautions, informed warnings and diversionary youth conferences that are not ‘protected’ or ‘filtered’ as per the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exceptions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1979, as amended in 2014.  It will also indicate if there are no such matters on record. EDCs may also contain non-conviction information (for example attempted prosecutions which were unsuccessful) that are held on police records which a Chief Police Officer thinks may be relevant to the post applied for (i.e. “soft/police intelligence”). The police may also include information that is protected or has been filtered by AccessNI on the basis that it “might be relevant and ought to be disclosed”.  

EDCs also contain the results of checks of either or both of the following lists:

  • The Children’s Barred List
  • The Adults’ Barred List

Candidates whose criminal history is incompatible with a career in Nursing or Midwifery may be excluded from the programmes. However, the disclosure of a criminal conviction or ‘soft intelligence’ may not necessarily prevent you from securing a place on the programme. Please note that if you appear on the barred lists it is an offence for you to engage in, or seek to engage in, regulated activity.

Any information received will be treated confidentially, in compliance with AccessNI’s Code of Practice, in line with the relevant University policies and in line with Data Protection principles.

More information is available from Access NI at:

4: Payment For Check

There is a charge of £33 for the Enhanced Disclosure Check and payment to cover this cost must be made at the same time. Please go the following website ( where you will find guidance on how to make this payment electronically. No other payment method is accepted.

5: Occupational Health Check

All students must undergo an Occupational Health check before they can begin the programme.  You will also need to receive inoculations.

6: Identification

The University requires all students to present photographic ID on registration.  Only a valid passport or driving licence can be accepted.

7: Making the Right Choice

Applicants who have applied for more than one nursing programme may receive more than one offer for different fields of nursing.  Candidates should be aware that these fields are all very different, and we would recommend that you attend the Offer Holders Day in May each year to explore each area further before you make your choice.  It is not possible to change between fields once you have commenced the programme.


Funding for pre-registration programmes

BSc Nursing and BSc Midwifery Sciences are funded by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, and eligible students may be entitled to receive a commissioned place and a bursary.  There is more detail in the DHSS&PS bursary booklet available here.  DHSS&PS also maintains a web presence here.


Transcript of Training Request

Nurses who completed their training prior to 1st September 1997 should contact the Nursing and Midwifery Council for their transcripts.

To access the QUB service for nurses and midwives who qualified after 1997, please log in here.