Nursing is a challenging and rewarding profession that offers a wide range of roles caring for people and promoting health.

At the University of Stirling, we’re passionate about transforming lives. We’re ranked top 5 in Scotland for Nursing (The Guardian University Guide 2022) and our courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Stirling is a superb place for you to study your Nursing degree and learn skills that are valued around the world. We offer courses in Adult Nursing (caring for adults aged over 18) and Mental Health Nursing.

You’ll gain work experience in a variety of real healthcare settings and you can even apply for a placement overseas. You’ll be supported throughout, with a personal tutor to help and guide you through your studies, as well as a practice mentor at each of your placements for additional support.

Our Nursing degrees are taught by world-leading academics with strong and established research records, expertise in nursing practice and a wealth of world-class publications.

You will leave us as a confident practitioner, fully equipped to register with the NMC and join a health care team upon graduation. Students from our courses have repeatedly won Student Nursing Times Awards.

Nursing courses

Courses labelled are available for online study only.

Undergraduate courses
CourseStart date
BSc (Hons) Nursing – AdultSeptember 2023
BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental HealthSeptember 2023
BSc Nursing - AdultSeptember 2023
BSc Nursing - Mental HealthSeptember 2023
Postgraduate courses
CourseStart date
Clinical Doctorates September 2023
MSc Advancing PracticeJanuary 2023, September 2023, January 2024
MSc Early Years Practice Health VisitingSeptember 2023
CPD and short courses
CourseStart date
Advanced Clinical Assessment and Examination (Advancing Practice)
Assessing and Managing Symptoms in Palliative Care
Contemporary Leadership in Early Years PracticeMay 2023
Diagnosis and Decision Making in Primary Care
Essentials of Mental Health Assessment – a multi-professional approachJanuary 2023
Evidence Based PracticeJanuary 2023
Exploring the Theory and Practice of Psychological Trauma
GIRFEC: A Multi-Agency Approach to Practice
Health and Wellbeing of People with DementiaJanuary 2023
Health Visiting in Practice Conversion
Improving quality through work-based learning
Living with Long Term Conditions: Care and ManagementJanuary 2023
Mental Health, Everyone’s Business
Pain 1: Understanding and Assessing PainJanuary 2023
Prescribing for Healthcare ProfessionalsJanuary 2023
Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals (Advancing Practice)January 2023
The Principles and Practice of Child and Family Health and Wellbeing

We offer a variety of short courses, modules and programmes for the continuing professional development (CPD) of qualified nurses. Our CPD in nursing is designed to improve your clinical practice for the benefit of your patients and services. Find out more about our Nursing CPD opportunities.

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We offer a variety of scholarship and funding options to help you finance your studies at the University of Stirling.

Undergraduate scholarships

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Postgraduate scholarships

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infographic: Top 5 in Scotland

Top 5 in Scotland

for Nursing

The Guardian University Guide 2022

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Our Nursing courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 

Graduate careers in Nursing

Our Nursing courses will prepare you for a modern profession, and provide the best possible patient care in a range of settings. Some of our nursing graduates focus on practice - consolidating their learning by working in roles such as a staff nurse in a hospital, community setting or care home - while others progress to postgraduate studies. These experiences can develop a career pathway, leading to specialised areas such as palliative care or advanced nurse practitioner roles.

Nursing graduates mostly find roles within the NHS, while others have found employment in other areas of the public sector-as well as with private healthcare providers and the voluntary sector.

Partnerships and industry

We work with NHS Forth Valley, to ensure that our course remains clinically excellent and that you’ll receive the best possible practical training


Stirling University Nursing Society – a society for student nurses or those interested in nursing or health related subjects.

Nursing research

In the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport we have a research-intensive environment responsible for pioneering research in a number of important fields such as nursing, public health, primary care and mental health. Our research is world-leading and has been recognised internationally for making a positive and demonstrable impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals and society. In REF 2021, 100% of our research environment, 80% of our research impact and 83% of our overall research in Allied Health Professions and Nursing was classed as world leading or internationally excellent.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Study for a Nursing or Health Sciences PhD or MPhil at the University of Stirling and you’ll join a friendly postgraduate health science community. Our degrees include a Clinical Doctorate in Nursing or Midwifery which is the only one of its kind in Scotland. See our PhD and MPhil opportunities in:

Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Research Unit

A research centre focused on research that will impact on practice, and benefit patient and population health.

Cancer Care Research Group

A research group seeking to influence policy and healthcare decisions through research that focuses on how people live well with and beyond cancer.