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Nursing with Pre-Registration (Adult)

The University of Edinburgh

24 months
30400 GBP/year
1820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The University of Edinburgh has been providing undergraduate nursing education for more than 60 years. This Nursing with Pre-Registration (Adult) programme represents a new, two-year route for those who wish to become an Adult nurse but who already possess an undergraduate degree.


This Nursing with Pre-Registration (Adult) programme from The University of Edinburgh enables you to undertake study at masters level whilst providing the theoretical and practice based learning required to achieve the proficiency for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and therefore practice as a registered Adult nurse.

As a nursing student, you will benefit from being in a research intensive environment where you are taught by staff who are engaged with the contemporary issues in nursing through research and practice. Small cohort sizes bring the benefits of support throughout the programme. You can also get involved in the extensive activities of the wider university, benefiting from the multi-cultural and diverse student population.

The key aims of this programme are to produce graduate nurses who can:

  • Evaluate the complex interplay of human characteristics and social structures and their impact on population and individual health outcomes and opportunities, using this knowledge to inform safe, effective nursing care
  • Evaluate the dynamic and complex nature of health services and the needs of the communities they serve and demonstrate a commitment to meeting these changing needs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to design, undertake and evaluate research for the provision of safe and effective health care.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and attributes, underpinned by strong critical reflection skills, through effective working within interdisciplinary teams to achieve safe and effective patient care.

Career opportunities

The career opportunities are excellent for our graduates who will be entering a workforce with good job availability.

Our graduates, who are graduating with a masters rather than undergraduate level education, have excellent prospects of career progression into the higher levels of clinical and managerial practice within the NHS after a period following qualification in which they consolidate their nursing practice.

Additionally, nursing graduates are able to work in the third sector and a range of other contexts which draw on their skills and knowledge.

The route to PhD, should you wish to access this, will also be open to you, providing further opportunities for career development and progression.

Programme Structure

Year 1

  • Compulsory Courses: Life sciences and nursing care; Mental health and nursing care; Designing research in nursing, health and social care; Becoming a critically reflective practitioner.
  • One optional course is taken in semester 2.

Year 2

  • Compulsory courses: Dissertation; Leading and managing for health and social care; Managing complex needs; Pathophysiology and Nursing Care in the acute setting.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We may be able to consider applications made between 26 January and 15 April if place are available after all on time applications have been fully considered.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.
  • National 5 Mathematics at grade C or above or GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 or above, or its international equivalent.
  • Personal statement documenting clearly your motivation and understanding of the role of the nurse.
  • We may be able to consider applicants with a lower degree classification alongside extensive relevant experience and a strong personal statement. We are only able to consider these applicants after all qualified applicants have been fully considered.
  • Whilst we consider applications from international applicants, please be aware that we have only a small number of places available and therefore we operate a competitive selection process.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30400 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1820 GBP per year during 24 months.

RUK & ROI: £9,250

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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