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Undergraduate adult nursing BNurs students at the University of Manchester

Nursing: Adult Nursing (BNurs)

Nursing is a rewarding career with scope to work in a range of settings and with patients from a variety of backgrounds.

Adult Nursing (3 years) [BNurs] overview Overview

Year of entry: 2016show 2017

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Why is this course for me?

  • We are among the top ten universities in the world for the study of nursing (QS World University Rankings 2016).
  • Student-focused: each week of the course integrates theory and practice to facilitate student support and consolidation of knowledge.
  • Outstanding curriculum: we utilise a range of innovative teaching and learning methods.
  • Comprehensive support: we offer outstanding support for academic studies, in placements or personal situation.
  • Clinical specialities: some of your clinical placements will be with specialist trusts.
  • Greater opportunities: as a graduate, you'll have a choice of practising as a nurse, going into a specialist or leadership role, undertaking further study, taking up research opportunities or teaching.
  • Research: in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), we were rated first in the UK for our research in the category of Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing ad Pharmacy.
UCAS course code
UCAS institution code
Degree awarded
BNurs (Adult Nursing)
3 years
Number of places/applicants
Typical A level offer
We require BBC grades (normally including at least one science: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Applied Science) and GCSE requirement which must include English Language and Maths at a minimum of Grade C or above with the overall GCSE profile being at least 5 GCSEs Grade C or above. We no longer accept equivalents to GCSE for English and Maths.

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer
We require 30 points overall including at least one science or science related subject (Biology, Chemistry or Psychology) and 3 subjects at higher level each with the grade of 5. Plus GCSE requirement which must include English Language and Maths at a minimum of Grade C or above with the overall GCSE profile being at least 5 GCSEs Grade B or above in different subjects.

Full entry requirements

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+44 (0)161 306 7600
How to apply

“The course taught me to be prepared, be flexible, keep my goals at the front of my mind and constantly update my skills to remain a desirable commodity in the field of nursing. The course also taught me to question and how to speak out, which I have also found necessary.”

Melanie Venables / District Nurse, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

“I have found that academic study and practical placements have both helped me to prepare for a position in theatres. The time I spent in placements taught me the foundations of nursing care and the lectures have also proven invaluable. I often use my notes to better understand what I have seen in surgery and apply my knowledge to further my nursing practice.”

Christopher Mullis / Scrub Nurse, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Course description

You will study the theoretical basis of nursing practice plus behavioural, social and biological sciences applied to health. Emphasis is placed on the importance of competence in clinical nursing practice combined with in-depth knowledge and evidence-based decision making skills

Clinical practice placements

The development and assessment of nursing competencies in clinical practice is a key feature and requirement of the course. Throughout the course, students will learn what it is like to work within the modern NHS, developing clinical knowledge, skills and confidence as a key member of the professional healthcare team.

We maintain excellent working relationships with local NHS Trusts in Greater Manchester and the wider North West, and students will undertake a range of practice placements in both community and hospital settings. Clinical staff based within practice placements and academic staff from the School are available to support students with their studies whilst on placement, and to assist and guide should any difficulties arise.

50% of the course is undertaken in clinical practice and students will be required to follow shift patterns in clinical placement areas where they are working. This will include early shifts starting from 7.00am and late shifts, sometimes finishing at 9.30pm. Clinical placements will usually be within the Greater Manchester regions but on occasion may be further afield. Students will be expected to travel to their placement to work a normal shift pattern. Students are advised to set up childcare arrangements close to their home to enable flexibility of travel to different clinical placements.

Students will also be required to work some weekends and some night duty during the 3 years. Annual leave entitlement is set in advance by the University and is non-negotiable. However, it does include time off over Christmas, New Year and Easter.

During clinical placements, students are supervised by qualified health professionals and are allocated a named mentor. Their role is to support students in practice-based learning and to assess their developing knowledge and skills against required competencies. In order to gain sufficient time in practice, the course is 39 weeks per year and extends beyond the normal university semesters.

The course prepares students to practise effectively in a variety of professional adult nursing settings. This well-established course has a national and international reputation for excellence, and has produced many of the country's leading nurse practitioners, researchers, academics and policy-makers.

To try to minimise the amount of travelling to practice placements students are allocated placement zones. See Clinical placement sites for a map detailing some of our main zones and locations.

Open days

The best way to get a feel for what it's like to study at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work is to come and visit us on one of the University of Manchester open days.


Fees for entry in 2016 will be paid in full by the NHS for home/EU students. The course is not open to international students. For general information please see the undergraduate student finance pages.


As a contribution to living, travel and childcare/carer costs, UK students starting on NHS funded programmes after 1 September 2012 can apply annually for an NHS Student Bursary

UK students may also apply for a student loan. Loans are normally reduced for nursing students as they have had their fees paid by the NHS.

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