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

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

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approves all our Nursing courses, and we’re ranked top 5 in Scotland for Nursing (Complete University Guide 2023 and The Guardian University Guide 2023).

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 healthcare team upon graduation. Students from our courses have repeatedly won Student Nursing Times Awards.

Study Nursing in Scotland and make a difference caring for people.

Nursing courses


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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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 Nursing courses remain clinically excellent and that you’ll receive the best possible practical training.

The Forth Valley University College NHS Partnership is an ambitious collaboration between the University of Stirling, Forth Valley College and NHS Forth Valley, which aims to improve patient care and treatment for communities across the region for years to come.


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 Health Sciences and Nursing.