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University of Sunderland

100% online BSc Nursing Studies Top-Up

Take your career in nursing to the next level. Gain the knowledge and skills to progress with a great university.

Apply By 11 June 2024
To Start 25 June 2024
  • 160 credits
  • 16 months full-time
  • pay per module

Why Sunderland?

  1. 100% online BSc within 16 months
  2. QS 5 star rating for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities*
  3. Health Professions courses are ranked 10th in the UK**
  4. 70% of university research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’***
  5. 7th in the UK for social inclusion****
  6. £7,200 total fees, option to pay per module
*QS World University Rankings, 2023
**Guardian University Guide, 2023
***Research Excellence Framework, 2021
****The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2024

A flexible online Nursing BSc Degree designed to accelerate career progression for registered nurses in the UK and worldwide

2020 was marked by the WHO as the ‘International Year of the Nurse and Midwife’, and specialist nursing skills and expertise have never been held in higher esteem or been in such high demand. This presents significant opportunities for nurses to upskill, gain qualifications and progress quickly in their careers.

The 100% online BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies Top-Up from the University of Sunderland has been specifically designed for ambitious registered nurses who want to top-up their existing academic qualification to a BSc with Honours degree, unlocking progression into more senior roles and higher pay bands.

For registered nurses based outside of the EU, this flexible bachelor’s degree also provides key knowledge and skills that can help prepare you for the OSCE exam and for practice in the UK.

Learn from skilled professionals recognised for excellence in teaching and research

On the BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies Top-Up, you’ll be taught by a team of skilled professionals who each have at least one specialist area of both clinical and teaching expertise. They are actively involved in healthcare research and consultancy work, and over half of the nursing faculty research at the University of Sunderland was rated ‘world leading’ or ‘of international importance’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework.

We have been ranked internationally as a leading university, receiving five stars for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities in the QS World University Rankings 2023, the highest rating that can be awarded to a university. A special recognition of our practical focus on developing the skills that enable career progression for our students.

What will you study?

The BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies Top-Up will enhance your existing knowledge base and will provide a comprehensive understanding of how nursing models and theoretical concepts link to your own clinical practice. You will develop a wide range of skills throughout the programme which will help equip you for leadership roles, and for positions as an enquiring practitioner and an innovator in your field of clinical practice.

Key knowledge and skills taught on this course:

  • Healthcare theory and models of care
  • Principles of teamwork in delivering and organising care
  • Leadership and decision-making skills
  • Mentorship skills
  • Management theories relevant to your care setting
  • Understanding of impacts of health and social care policy changes
  • Understanding of healthcare legislation and legal principles
  • Ethical decision-making frameworks
  • Research principles and their application in healthcare

A flexible online BSc course designed for busy registered nurses with competing life commitments

Because of the uniquely flexible design of the online BSc degree, it can be studied around your work and family commitments, at times that are convenient for you.

You can continue to work in your current role and apply the knowledge and skills that you develop, earning whilst you learn rather than taking a costly study break.

You will learn and interact within an interactive online learning environment as part of a community of fellow nursing professionals from across the world. You will collaborate with tutors and fellow students via discussion boards, forums and group learning activities, providing unique opportunities to learn from the experiences of nurses from diverse backgrounds.

You will also be allocated a dedicated Student Success Coordinator, who will provide you with proactive support throughout your studies, from enrolment through to graduation.

A truly global university that champions collaborative learning and diversity of thought

There is a high percentage of international students at University of Sunderland, and we have students studying by distance learning around the world. Sunderland is also one of the UK’s leading widening participation Universities and was awarded The Times/Sunday Times University of the Year for Social Inclusion 2021. We were also shortlisted as University of the Year by the THE – Times Higher Education.

With campuses in Hong Kong, Sunderland and London, as well as many global partnerships including in the Caribbean, Greece, Kenya, Malaysia, Lanka, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tashkent and Vietnam. The way we approach learning is predicated on encouraging diverse learner cohorts of professionals to collaborate within a bespoke learning environment, benefiting from different cultural perspectives. We believe that this provides students with a broader set of insights and leads to a richer and more meaningful learning experience.

Admission requirements

Applicants must be of age 19 and above and should have or be about to complete:

You will need to be a registered nurse (in any field) and hold a Higher Education Diploma Level Nursing qualification.

We accept students who have studied a certified nursing course leading to the award of Registered Nurse, and for international Registered Nurses who also hold a Licence to Practice.

NMC registration is accepted as proof of English language ability.

This course does not lead to NMC registration and is not suitable for Nursing Associates.


Total course fees
Per 20-credit module fee

You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.

If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of £900.