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Nursing (Professional Practice) (Top-up) BSc Honours

Develop the theory and practice to further your career in healthcare. Designed for experienced nurses, our flexible course allows you to fit your studies around work commitments.
January 2024
18 months (over 3 terms)
£63 per taught credit (UK)*
Course leader
Dr Venetia Brown

This course is offered once a year and the next start date is January 2024. This is because we've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Whenever you start, you'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support to do your best.

*Please note this course is under review, and may be subject to change.

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

This course enables current registered nurses to top up their qualification to degree level, opening up a range of new career opportunities.

This 18-month top-up course is designed for qualified nurses who already hold a Dip Advanced, CertHE or DipHE qualification and want to study for an undergraduate degree.

As part of your course, you’ll have the opportunity to study clinical and professional practice-related inquiry methods in order to engage in clinical and practice development.

What you will gain

As well as developing your critical thinking and decision making skills, you will gain the ability to reflect and analyse your own performance.

You will develop research analysis and evaluating skills and focus on the facilitation of learning and communication outcomes for a range of audiences including students, peers and clients.

What you will learn

Designed for experienced nurses, this highly flexible course enables you to fit your studies around work commitments

You can tailor this course – which is made up of two 30-credit modules – to your own interests and work commitments. The first module is a professionally relevant work-based or practice-based enquiry module.

The second is a work-based or practice-based project module with a focus on personal and/or organisational professional practice development and change.

Join us on this course and you'll be able to:

  • Study two modules relevant to your work. One will be based on practice enquiry, while the other is a work-based project
  • Develop your critical thinking and decision-making skills, and develop your ability to reflect and analyse your own performance
  • Be responsible for your own learning and progress
  • Receive dedicated support throughout your studies and be assigned an academic advisor along with a project supervisor
  • Expand your career opportunities, be able to take on specialist and leadership roles, or undertake further postgraduate studies.

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This programme offers qualified practising nurses the opportunity to study modules which will enable them to gain an honours degree. You will study two 30 credit modules as part of your degree: a professionally relevant work based/practice based enquiry module and a work based/practice based project module with a focus on personal and/or organisational professional practice development and change.


  • Modules - Compulsory

    • Work Based Project (30 credits)

      This module will support you to undertake a real work-based project that is designed to develop or inform areas of your own or your colleague’s professional practice with service users/children, in a healthcare, social care or educational setting. You will plan, carry out and evaluate a project and critically discuss the learning gained, as well as the outcomes of the project for your area of practice. The focus of the project is negotiated and can be related to individual or team practice development and/or wider organisational development aims.

    • Practitioner Inquiry (30 credits)

      This module is designed to develop practitioner inquiry skills and understanding of inquiry methodologies in order to design a work-based project that has the potential to improve your own and others’ practice for service users. It will explore approaches to practitioner inquiry appropriate for your area of work/ practice and enable reflection upon your position as a practitioner researcher and the potential ethical implications that could arise during the project.

To find out more about this highly regarded course, please download the Nursing (Professional Practice) (Top-up) BSc Honours specification (PDF).

Teaching vs independent learning

As you will be a professional practitioner with significant prior learning, you will be taught using an adult learning approach. The modules are designed to 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. Pre and post sessional work, group work and presentations also important components of the modules in addition to classroom workshops and lectures.

Where will I study?

You will be studying at our north London campus in Hendon and at our West Stand facility at StoneX stadium, Barnet.

There is a free shuttle bus service you can use to get to StoneX park from our Hendon campus.


Whether you are studying full or part-time – your course timetable will balance your study commitments on campus with time for work, life commitments and independent study.

We aim to make timetables available to students at least 2 weeks before the start of term. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on-campus sessions.

Academic support

Our excellent teaching and support teams will help you develop your skills from research and practical skills to critical thinking. Our Sheppard Library is open 24 hours a day during term time. And we offer free 24-hour laptop loans with full desktop software, free printing and Wi-Fi to use on or off campus.


The module assessments aim to encourage reflection, stakeholder engagement, the development of leadership, project management  and presentation  skills. You will receive ongoing support from the course leader, your module leaders and your project supervisor.

New nursing and midwifery tech and facilities

We have recently launched our outstanding new clinical health facilities in the West Stand at StoneX Stadium.

Our high-tech simulation suites link the theories of the classroom with the practice of treating patients in a hospital environment with:

  • The latest simulators for you to practice realistic emergency care situations and hospital scenarios
  • Life-like mannequins that can simulate symptoms, diseases and conditions you’ll encounter as a working nurse
  • Video recorders so you can receive evidence-based feedback from students and teachers watching you practice.

Student support

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health, and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability Advice and Support service.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above.

Financial Support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

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

This course will enhance your opportunities for career progression or further study, allowing you to pursue careers within healthcare education or research.

Although you will be in current employment, successful completion of the programme may rapidly expand your career opportunities into specialist and leadership roles, and allow you the opportunity to undertake postgraduate studies.

Global network

Our location in London helps us connect you with over 1,000 industry partners to develop your future employment prospects. And we have unique work and study opportunities at our campuses in Dubai and Mauritius. You’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network. And after you graduate, we'll still support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.

  1. UK entry
  2. How to apply

The fees below refer to the 2023/24 academic year unless otherwise stated. Course fees are subject to annual inflation.

UK students

Part-time: £63 per taught credit

Find answers to all your frequently asked questions at our undergraduate funding page.

Dr Venetia Brown

Dr Brown is a registered nurse and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Venetia is also Co-Director of Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor in charge of nursing continuing professional development (CPD) provision. She has extensive experience working with clinical partners to identify workforce professional development opportunities.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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