International learning and teaching

BSc single honours Nursing Studies For International Students 2019/20

Year of entry

Top up degree

Nursing care is a global concern in the 21st century as national and international travel now means that it is essential to understand healthcare and nursing issues within a global context. The many challenges faced by today’s nurses requires them to be practitioners who are knowledgeable, skilled and who are research competent.

This programme offers qualified international students a unique opportunity to develop, deliver and critically analyse evidence-based healthcare practice to enable them to become effective change agents on return to their own country through the development of leadership and management skills.

Our Canterbury Campus is based in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies for International Students top up degree programme is for nurses who have attained registered nurse status in their own country and who wish to apply to undertake further degree study in the UK.

The programme does not provide eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or to any practice in the UK.

The Programme will offer you an opportunity to develop your critical understanding of the various contexts in which health and social care and nursing care are provided to enable you to compare and contrast the context, principles and practices of nursing in both the UK and your own country.

Throughout the programme, three key themes have been integrated at module level: evidence-based practice, communication and transcultural nursing.

The course comprises five core modules:

  • Evidence-based Practice in Nursing (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Nursing Practice (20 credits)
  • Global Public Health Issues (20 credits)
  • Clinical Leadership: Quality Improvement for Transformation (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

Students will also be required to undertake the Enhanced Induction Programme in term one.

For international students, studying in the UK offers the potential of improved career and employment prospects, combined with higher incomes, status and influence that generally ensue. It is suggested that while living and studying abroad, students will develop language and cultural skills (WHO 2013), as well as an expanded worldwide view that, while difficult to quantify, can translate into personal and professional advantage.

This top up degree is designed to develop international students’ graduate skills, and enhance their professional knowledge and understanding, so that they may develop, deliver and critically analyse evidence-based healthcare practice.


Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Accommodation Cost to be covered by the student
Travel whilst in the UK Cost to be covered by the student
Entrance fees to venues where applicable Cost to be covered by the student
Text books Cost to be covered by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

The content of this programme aims to build on the skills and experience that you will already have as a qualified nurse.

The programme will commence in September 2018 and the year will be split into three academic terms; Michaelmas, September-December; Lent, January-March; Trinity, April-July.

Academic input

The programme will embrace student-centred learning and will use a range of teaching and learning strategies including keynote lectures, discussions, student-led seminars, and formative presentations involving group work, which will be peer and tutor assessed.

Learning will take place through research and inquiry based approaches to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and qualities that are outlined in the programme aims. The use of technology-enhanced learning will complement face to face teaching to offer you a more flexible type of learning. The use of Blackboard, as a virtual learning tool, is a further useful resource that will form a major part of your learning.

You will be expected to be an active participant in the learning process, and will be encouraged to contribute your ideas and experiences throughout the programme, critically reflecting on your own and others performance throughout.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments, case study presentations, report writing and online learning. Experienced practitioners, lecturers and researchers will be utilised to deliver evidenced-based teaching.

The Extended Induction module will have a formative assessment to review your progress and ascertain whether further academic support might be required. You will also be allocated a supervisor to support your dissertation development in term three.

In addition to the summative assessments, there will be an opportunity to receive constructive and developmental feedback from your lecturers and your peer group through formative work which may include the production of a draft essay, or giving a mock case presentation to gain feedback from your module tutor.

International student applicants will be a qualified nurse with professional registration in their own country with a Diploma HE (or equivalent qualification). The students’ previous qualifications must relate to nursing.

Additionally, the following entry criteria must be met:

  • IELTS score of 6 or more across all four areas to indicate the required level of competence of both written and spoken English.
  • International students must be computer literate.
  • Satisfactory visa (Tier 4) application to the UK Visas and Immigration.
  • Able to satisfy institutional requirements with respect to attendance – this will be monitored by the Programme Director and the teaching team. Attendance information will be fed back to the International Office at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Applications for this programme can be made through the University's International Office.

For more information please contact or find out more here.

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year full-time


  • September 2019 (Canterbury)

Entry requirements

  • International student applicants will be a qualified nurse with professional registration in their own country with a Diploma HE (or equivalent qualification).

    More entry requirement details.



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