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BSc Nursing (Professional Practice) (Top-up)

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September 2018
1 year full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Venetia Brown

The health sector needs highly qualified nurses with the ability to analyse practice and evidence as well as be aware of the latest research and best care for their patients. This top-up course will enhance your current knowledge and skills to produce confident and knowledgeable practitioners who can keep abreast of the latest development within healthcare and nursing.

Why study BSc Nursing (Professional Practice) (Top-up) at Middlesex University?

This one year top-up course is designed for qualified and registered nurses who wish to build upon their theory and academic qualifications. The topics studied are broad and will equip already practising nurses the underpinning knowledge to expand their skills, their practice and career opportunities.

Upon graduation, you will have wide variety of opportunities from postgraduate courses in nursing and midwifery to progressing to masters and doctoral routes within nursing.

Please note, this course does not offer professional registration within nursing in the UK.

Course highlights

  • You will have the opportunity to study with other nurses
  • You will be taught within an active nursing research department (Centre for Critical Research in Nursing and Midwifery)
  • You will be taught by highly experienced staff with professional nursing qualifications and clinical experiences.

What will you study on the BSc Nursing (Professional Practice) (Top-up)?

This course will cover the various facets of nurses roles including:

  • Mentorship and learning
  • Teaching principles and practice
  • Professional ethics
  • Health promotion

What will you gain?

As well as developing your critical thinking and decision making, you will also gain the ability to reflect and analyse your own performance. You will have research analysis and evaluating skills and will focus on the facilitation of learning and communication to a range of audiences including students, peers and clients.

  • Modules

    • Professional Ethics for Health and Social Care (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce a range of these issues and equip you with the relevant theoretical grounding and key analytical skills in order to analyse and inform clinical decision making. All forms of health and social care involve some degree of value judgement, and there have always been ethical dilemmas associated with the delivery of care. The development of technology and the advance of science have only increased these dilemmas. New ideas are challenging established practices and long-cherished beliefs are being scrutinised and questioned.

    • Mentorship Promotion (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is aimed at nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals qualified for a minimum of one year. You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the role of the mentor and be able to apply this in clinical practice.

    • Wider Context of Health Promotion (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module seeks to provide the skills and knowledge required to explore and examine your role within health promotion at individual, local, national and international levels. You will explore the concepts of health and of health promotion including your own philosophies.  There will be a focus on differing agendas (including those on screening), inequalities of health, social capital, strategies for change, resourcing and health improvement plans.

    • Transcultural Nursing (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Through this module you will gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes which will enable you to provide culturally appropriate nursing care to patients, clients and service users, which is compassionate, empowering, and respectful of their human rights.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to synthesise learning from your undergraduate degree programme providing an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach and the employment and application of research skills, thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the BSc Nursing (Professional Practice) (Top-up) taught?

As you will be a professional practitioner with significant prior learning, you will be taught via an adult learning approach. The modules use a variety of approaches that will encourage you to be responsible for your own learning and progress. It is recognised that individuals learn in different ways therefore a range of teaching and learning strategies are used. Discussion, scenario work, and pre and post sessional work are also important components of the modules that you will be required to engage in.


Assessment aims to deepen and enhance your learning. A range of approaches will be used including written assignment, portfolios, digital presentations and demonstrations.

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

How can the BSc Nursing (Professional Practice) (Top-up) support your career?

This programme will enhance the knowledge and decision-making and leadership skills of experienced nurses and midwives enabling you to progress into higher level positions such as leadership, management or further studies to pursue careers within education or research.

Sheila Cunningham

Dr Cunningham is a registered nurse and principal fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has taught nursing particularly mentorship and supervises dissertation students. She is also programme lead to BSc European Nursing and the Erasmus coordinator.

Dr Venetia Brown

Dr Brown is a registered nurse and also the module lead for the Dissertation module and Associate Professor in charge of nursing continuous professional development provision. She has extensive experience with clinical partners and professional development opportunities.

Alison Harris

Alison is a registered nurse and the module lead for Transcultural Nursing. She has considerable experience as programme lead of the MSc Nursing.

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