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Nursing (Adult) BSc Honours

Have a profound impact on people’s lives with a fulfilling career in the nursing field.
September 2020
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *
Course leader
Year 1 Programme Leader: Carol Graves
Year 2 Programme Leader: Aneta Polec

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

This course is now available in Clearing.
Follow this link or call 020 8411 6565 for more info

A hugely rewarding career in nursing

Developed in partnership with the NHS trusts, the course will see you spend 50% of your time on placements with our partner hospitals. You’ll learn the essential nursing skills needed to take effective care of adult patients in a live environment.

You’ll develop your skills in communication, care and compassion, demonstrating your dedication to making a difference in other people’s lives. You’ll study in modern facilities that include nursing skills labs, professional training equipment and high-fidelity simulations in areas such as resuscitation.

Building practical skills to make you a confident nurse

During your nursing degree you’ll complete more than 2,300 hours of clinical training, meaning your practical skills are developed on the job. We have links with many prestigious NHS trusts, A&E, theatres and medical wards.

Our course allows you to combine the theory you learn in the classroom with the actual practice of treating patients in a hospital environment. You’ll use equipment for practising realistic emergency care situations and scenarios, our life-like mannequins simulating diseases, symptoms and conditions you’ll encounter as a working nurse.

Beyond the essential nursing skills, you’ll build your problem-solving skills and critical decision making, gaining confidence to work in a high pressure, stressful environment.

Supporting your nursing career

Our personalised approach gives you the support you need to succeed as a student. While you're an undergraduate or foundation year student, you’ll have a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. If you need support with academic writing, numeracy and library skills, we’ll be sure to provide it. Our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants have studied your subject and can support you based on their own experience.

With a BSC in Nursing, you’ll become an independent and self-motivated practitioner with a range of career options. Previously, graduates have gone on to work as nurses, health coordinators, ward managers and more.


Our degree is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

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What will you study on the BSc Nursing (Adult)?

You will learn a range of essential nursing skills and techniques to effectively care for adult patients in a variety of healthcare environments. Problem solving and making critical decisions will become second nature, and you will become confident working collaboratively in teams; ensuring you are able to assess, plan and implement adult care effectively.

You will develop a detailed understanding of the on-going development of nursing as a profession and be confident in contributing to the debate about its future.

What will you gain?

You will become an independent, self-motivated practitioner, able to reflect on your practice and adopt a critical and analytical approach to the care of adult patients.


  • Year 1

    • Foundations of Expansive Learning (15 Credits)- Compulsory
      • To equip students to develop their self-awareness through critically reflective activities.
      • To offer students the opportunity to develop a range of applied skills through active enquiry, synthesis and reflection on their personal and professional identities
      • To encourage a broad understanding of the context and complexity of the health and social care issues that students may encounter in their learning journeys and professional careers.
    • Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice (15 Credits)- Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the student with a foundation to enable the development of appropriate professional attitudes, values, knowledge, skills and conduct to be a graduate adult nurse.

    • Foundations of Scientific Principles for Adult Nursing (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      This module will introduce and expand on the scientific principles underpinning nursing practice. This module is comprehensive and introduces principles which draw on scientific areas of biopsychosocial and behavioural sciences as related to all areas of adult nursing.

    • Practice Learning 1 Adult Nursing (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in meeting the fundamental care needs of people across their lifespan, with a range of physical, mental, cognitive and behavioural health challenges. The students shall demonstrate high standards of professional conduct in line with the NMC code in all aspects of their practice and be able to carry out a range of procedures, under supervision, that are expected of them at this level, in a variety of health and social care settings.

    • Foundations of Adult Nursing Knowledge (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      This module aims to start developing the role and function of the graduate adult nurse in health and illness. It will provide the fundamental nursing knowledge required to undertake basic nursing assessment, support and enable people across different life spans in managing and improving physical and mental health, as well as preventing ill health. Theories, evidence and models to support the art and science of nursing will be introduced to develop knowledge and understanding about the nature of adult nursing, the person, health, society and the environment.

  • Year 2

    • Developing Expansive Learning (15 Credits)- Compulsory
      • To support students to develop their self-awareness through critically reflective activities, gain competence in evaluating their own learning needs and plan to address them.
      • To scaffold student learners with tools to develop their professional presentation and expand their interpersonal and communication skills with increased independence.
      • To provide students with an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of a subject of their choice and to encourage a broader understanding of the context and complexity of current health and social care.
    • Developing Professional Nursing Practice in Adult Nursing (15 Credits)- Compulsory

      The module aims to enable students to develop their professional knowledge in Adult nursing practice. They will be facilitated to build on theoretical knowledge to enhance clinical and professional judgements with awareness/sensitivity applicable to the wider perspective of health and social care economies.

    • Developing Scientific Principles for Adult Nursing (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      This module will build upon the scientific module of year 1 to further develop principles and deepen the knowledge and application to adult nursing.

    • Developing Nursing Knowledge in Adult Nursing (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the knowledge and skills required of the graduate adult nurse to assess, plan and evaluate care across the lifespan during illness that is person centred and evidence-based. It will focus on interventions to address physical, cognitive, mental, spiritual, behavioural and social health needs during illness.

    • Practice Learning 2 Adult Nursing (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      Students will demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills to meet more complex care needs of people across the lifespan with a range of physical, mental, cognitive and behavioural health challenges, across a range health and social care settings in line with the new standards of proficiency. The students will be expected to demonstrate increasing independence in their own filed of adult health practice whilst maintaining high standards of professional conduct in line with the NMC Code, showing awareness of the implications of the Code for self and others.

  • Year 3

    • Consolidating Expansive Learning (15 Credits)- Compulsory
      • To support students to develop their skills in understanding their own learning needs and responding professionally to those of others
      • To support student learners to creatively evaluate, investigate and respond to complex problems
      • To provide students with in-depth knowledge of a subject of their choice and to encourage critical questioning and socially engaged nursing practice
    • Consolidating Professional Nursing Practice in Adult Nursing (15 Credits)- Compulsory

      The module aims to build upon and consolidate knowledge and skills to manage and lead as an accountable, responsible, emotionally intelligent registered adult nurse within health and social care environments. The module will facilitate critical examination of key concepts and theories of effective leadership and management.

    • Consolidating Scientific Principles for Adult Nursing (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      This module will build upon the scientific module of year 2 to consolidate scientific principles and deepen the knowledge and application.  It also aims to extend knowledge and application of pharmacological principles especially as to underpin nursing care within the adult field of practice and future potential prescribing practice.

    • Consolidating Nursing Knowledge in Adult Nursing (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to enable the student to critically engage with the coordination and management of care delivery for those individuals who are severely ill with life-threatening or limiting illness, or have complex physical/mental health needs requiring long-term care in a range of healthcare settings, working in partnership with the individual, their families where relevant and the multi-disciplinary team to evaluate whether the care is effective and meets desired outcomes. It will focus on encouraging the student to build on prior learning in relation to critically applying adult nursing knowledge, evidence/research and the adult nursing process in the planning and co-ordination of care for the individual with complex needs.

    • Practice Learning 3 Adult Nursing (30 Credits)- Compulsory

      Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to work autonomously in the adult field of practice caring for all people across the lifespan with a range of physical, mental, cognitive and behavioural challenges. The student will display advanced clinical skills and have the ability to integrate leadership in all aspects of care management. Students will utilise a critical and reflective approach in delivering high standards of professional conduct in line with the NMC Code as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback

We maintain strong partnership relationships with NHS and independent health and social care organisations so that you’ll have access to excellent placement opportunities as a nursing or midwifery student. We have approximately 500 pre-registration students out on placement at any one time, with over 400 placements being utilised.

Main placement providers

Our main placement providers are:

In addition to a number of placements in both community and hospital environments in the NHS Trusts and independent sector that are highlighted above, we also have a range of placements in the following areas:

  • General Practice Nursing
  • Care Homes
  • Schools
  • Nurseries and Play Schemes
  • Learning disability homes
  • Specialist areas such as children’s hospice care, eating disorders, forensics
  • Volunteering opportunities with a range of voluntary/ charitable organisations across London

We also work with a number of other London NHS Trusts in supporting a range of pre-registration pathways. These include (but not limited to):

Erasmus / European Placements

In addition to students accessing a range of placements in the London region we have excellent partnerships with European Universities and you will be offered opportunities to undertake a period of exchange (depending on availability). These include placements in Finland, Malta, Denmark, Portugal, Spain and Belgium. To find out more, please view our study abroad pages.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply

New students in England studying pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses will have access to the NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF). This includes a £5000 bursary for all new students from September 2020 entry.

For more information on funding arrangements for studying nursing and midwifery pre-registration courses and what it means for you, visit The NHS Business Services Authority website or check out their FAQ.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the BSc Nursing (Adult) support your career?

Employment prospects in the nursing field are excellent with around 90% of our nursing students being in graduate level employment six months after graduation. In addition, salaries are good with our 2012 graduates averaging £36k per annum.

Nursing is a flexible and varied career which you can shape to suit your ambitions. There are many well-paid nursing roles within both the NHS and private sector. The skills you will formulate in your studies with us may support you to quickly progress up the nursing career ladder.

On successful completion of the programme students are eligible to enter the professional register for nursing. You will also receive career guidance from your professional development tutor.

Nursing is a profession requiring shift work throughout the 24 hour period. Duty rotas will reflect this and will include early, late, night, weekend and bank holiday shift patterns.

Our nursing graduates have gone on to work in roles including nurse, health co-ordinator, ITU critical care specialist,ward manager and ward sister, in hospitals including: North Middlesex, Whittington, UCL, Ealing, Royal London, Princess Alexandra, and Royal Free.

Professional accreditation

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK. The NMC sets standards, guidance and requirements for nursing and midwifery programmes of education across the UK.

Our BSc Nursing (Adult field) course  is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This means the course is professionally recognised for being of the highest quality, focused on developing the knowledge and skills that employers require.

Margaret Herlihy
Course Leader

Margaret Herlihy is a Senior Lecturer in adult nursing. She has a specific interest in renal and transplantation nursing and worked in this field prior to moving to nurse education in 1998. She has a breadth of experience teaching nurses both pre and post-registration.

  • Lisa Lewington

    Nursing (Adult) BSc student

    "I had to defer my third year as I have son with complex needs who was seriously ill in hospital. Middlesex has been absolutely amazing. Now I'm back at uni, they've done everything they can to help me keep going, like making sure my placements are based near to my home, and being flexible when I've had to take time out for my son's hospital appointments. My tutors have been so encouraging and positive about my work too.

    My advice for new students would be that if you have an issue, always speak up as Middlesex will do everything they can to support you. I gain so much from the group of friends I've made on my course too. You go through your journey together and support each other.

    There's a real mix of people studying adult nursing – from eighteen year-olds who've come straight from A Levels to people in their 40s and older, like me. Some are new to the field, others are health care assistants stepping up to do nursing. They all have a lot of experience you can learn from."

    Read more about Lisa's experience at MDX.

  • Marnie Constantinou

    Nursing (Adult) BSc graduate

    “What I liked most about the course was gaining new knowledge in a field I love. The tutors had a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with us.

    I loved every placement. This was the time to learn new skills, link your theory with practice, assist the nurses and show them how valuable you are as a team player.

    I was chosen as Middlesex’s Student Nurse of the Year. I was shocked but very humbled. I committed myself fully for three years to my study in order to be the best possible nurse I can be.

    My plans for the future are to complete my preceptorship within a year, and look ahead to become a band six in 18 months, probably as a deputy ward manager. There’s no stopping me…

    I’m proud to say I’m ‘made in Middlesex’.”

  • Hufzha Juneja

    Nursing (Adult) BSc student

    When I came for the open day at Middlesex I felt so welcomed and at ease. It's given me everything I wanted - great friends, great student life, a sociable atmosphere that welcomes everyone from all backgrounds and a great education too.

    I absolutely love my course. We get to do a range of placements in various areas, such as A & E, theatres and medical wards, as well as opportunities to study abroad – with academic and financial support from the University.

    The tutors are more like our friends – they understand and support us. It's amazing how much they do for us. I've studied in across the UK, and some of the best lecturers I've ever come across have been at Middlesex. I've been so fortunate to have such brilliant, experienced, talented lecturers that have a passion to teach– it makes learning so much more enjoyable.

    I'm proud of choosing a nursing degree, and I'm proud of being a Middlesex student.

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