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BSc (Hons) Nursing (International) Top Up Degree

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full-time international tuition fee: £16,100 per annum

All figures are subject to annual increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

Bachelor of Science

UCAS info

Points required:

UCAS code:

Institute code: L51

Study mode

One Year Full Time

About your course

This course is targeted at qualified overseas nurses who want to enhance their professional knowledge and career prospects.

  • For qualified, overseas nurses
  • Develop your skills, knowledge and professional attitudes in order to provide effective, evidence-based care
  • Study alongside colleagues from different countries
  • Top up to a Bachelor’s degree from a UK globally recognised university
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: City Campus

New Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the professional body that evaluates and monitors all Nursing and Midwifery courses in the UK. Only education and training providers accredited by the NMC can deliver courses that lead to Qualified Nurse or Midwife status and registration with the NMC.

In 2018, the NMC released plans to update the standards for pre-registration nursing and midwifery programmes, starting after 28th January 2019. The new standards set out the entry requirements, length of programme, methods of assessment and the level of award.

To ensure that our programmes are at the forefront of nursing and midwifery education and meet the new standards, LJMU is working closely with our practice partners updating our course content and student assessment methods. The course content onthe next tab is based on the existing NMC standards, and will be different to the course delivered from September 2020, but will give you an insight into the type of study involved.

You can find more information about the changes on the NMC website​​​, or you can contact our Admissions team if you have any questions about applying.​

Work-related learning

Our £1.6 million practice suites show a patient’s journey from the home environment through to rehabilitation. We have the latest clinical equipment for simulations and clinical skills development in child nursing, adult and mental health nursing, paramedic practice, social work and midwifery. There are also purpose-built, soundproof booths equipped with video camera and playback facilities. You will use the suites as part of your programme and gain clear insights into the journey of the patient.

Support and guidance

The assessment and management of patients in and out of hospital is often challenging and unique

The experienced team can guide and direct students attention towards a variety of professional issues in a range of care settings.

Course details

The innovative training delivered by Liverpool John Moores University's (LJMU) School of Nursing and Allied Health will provide you with the skills, confidence and competence to provide first class support to patients in your care.

Based in the Faculty of Education, Health and Community in Liverpool city centre, the School works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design, deliver and evaluate a dynamic portfolio of programmes. The School has delivered a successful and well established top-up degree to UK students for a number of years.

Now we are extending this opportunity to international students via our BSc (Hons) Nursing and Paramedic Science International top-up degree courses. These top-up degrees provide an opportunity to enhance existing qualifications in either nursing or paramedicine. Students can gain insights on contemporary health-related issues that affect their profession, both locally and internationally.

​This programme does not lead to license to practice within the UK. It will, however, enable you to contribute to the development of healthcare in your own country, or progress to postgraduate studies.

What you will study on this degree

New Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards

We're ​working closely with our practice partners updating our course content and student assessment methods to ensure they meet the new NMC standards​. The course content shown below is based on the existing NMC standards, and will be different to the course delivered from September 2020, but will give you an insight into the type of study involved.

Core modules: 

  •  Individual Study (Dissertation)
  • Leadership Development Through Action Learning
  • Research in Health and Social Care
  • Paramedicine/Nursing (depending on degree route) within a Global Context

  • ​Introducing Palliative Care
  • Professional Studies in the Care of People with Diabetes
  • Advancing Tissue Viability
  • Infection Control for Healthcare
  • Holistic Influences on Tissue Viability
  • Paediatric Clinical Examination and Minor Illness
  • Dementia Care
  • Negotiated Work Related Learning and Professional Development

Teaching and work-related learning

The quality of our provision is evident in successive Quality Monitoring Reports from professional regulatory statutory bodies including the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and the College of Paramedics. Teaching quality is also consistently praised by independent, impartial inspectors.

We work collaboratively with key stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally in:

  • Health and social care, with health authorities including Merseycare NHS Trust, St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
  • Education, with City of Liverpool College, Alexian Research Centre, Germany, Eindhoven, University of Technology, Netherlands, University College Thomas More, Belgium and KPJ International College, Malaysia.

Your lecturers

Lecturers are all experienced healthcare professionals in their own right which ensures that students gain the latest insights into today’s healthcare arena, enhancing the programme content and subsequent learning outcomes.

We teach using current evidence-based research, giving students a wider understanding of leadership, mentorship, nursing and paramedic care and importantly, research.

Assessment and feedback

​A range of assessments are used in this programme, including essays, reflections and a dissertation.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Application and selection

​In order to be considered for this course, you must have:

  • a qualification equivalent to a UK diploma of Higher Education (120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5)
  • a nursing qualification recognised in your home country
  • an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component)

GCSE and equivalents

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required:

BTEC qualifications

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.


This course is for international students only. Please view our Fees and Finance advice for International students.

Career prospects

If you successfully complete this course, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Nursing (International)

Studying Nursing or Paramedic Science in the UK has a number of unique benefits for International students working in these professions:

Expand your knowledge and understanding of international health service models and gain an international perspective of your profession.

The UK National Health Service (NHS) and private sector healthcare is well known for the quality and service it offers. The unique content of these degrees will give international students an insight into our health service as well as other international models.

International students will study alongside UK health professionals from a variety of backgrounds, enhancing learning and appreciation of the wider health issues of patients and service users we all care for.

Not only will your broaden your overall knowledge and understanding of professional practice by gaining an international perspective, but you will also secure a respected degree qualification, allowing you to progress further in your profession.
This course is for you if you have a passion to develop a higher level of expertise, enhance the quality of your evidence-based practice, and develop leadership and management potential. You will be taught by expert paramedic, nursing and other health professionals with wide experience of working in the British National Health Service (NHS).


You will study alongside colleagues from different countries, so developing a greater understanding of working with people from different cultures. The multi-professional educational input, diverse professional cohorts and advanced learning environment, will help to enhance your employability in the international health arena.

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students – visit the International Study Centre.

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Tuition fee deposits

As an international student, unless you are exempt, you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit.  See further information on deposits and additional payments needed prior to enrolment. 

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS to apply for a Student visa. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the university. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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