International Nursing Studies BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (1 year, 2 years)


January, September


This nursing degree is designed for international students to study nursing in the UK. This nursing course will help you further your skills and increase your career prospects. Our state of the art laboratories and inspirational lecturers will provide the support you need to improve your competence and build your confidence.

Full description


Studying nursing in the UK alongside colleagues from around the world will help you to understand and work with people from different cultures.

We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – so you’ll return home with improved career prospects.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Principles of Holistic Assessment, Recognition and Management of Adult care in Nursing
    The needs of an individual will change during illness. In order to assess, interpret and manage a patient's needs nurses require particular skills and knowledge to provide high quality care. This module introduces the student to the theory which underpins nursing assessment and care management. Students will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to assess and plan care for adults, taking account of the multi-cultural needs of diverse patient populations. Students will be required to interpret and analyse the patient assessment process and understand how this is developed into evidence-based care delivery within an inter-professional environment.
  • Global Health and Sustainability
    This module will provide a brief introduction to the concepts of sustainability and resilience. Some of the global problems that are becoming apparent and you will discuss the ways these are being tackled. You will study identification, types of response as well as the speed of response and how these impact on health issues. Topics will include: international governmental organisations, role of national government in public health policy, climate change, environmental pollution health effects, non-communicable diseases, inequality of health and health systems, role of the media and moral panics and basic public health interventions.
  • Health Communication
    Educating people about their health has never been so important, but understanding how to do this, and how to understand and measure their behaviour change can be difficult. Using latest examples of campaigns from the UK and internationally, you’ll learn about and evaluate theories used in behaviour change and in health communication. You’ll get hands on as we introduce you to one counselling technique (CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing or solution-focused brief therapy) to develop your own communication skills. You’ll then put these to the test during workshops and a simulated patient encounter and podcast based campaign.
  • Health Systems 1: Epidemiology and Health Economics
    Gain an insight into different healthcare systems and investigate how public health is funded and challenged in different parts of the world, by examining geography, government, economy, the country’s healthcare system facilities, workforce, technology, cost, quality, and access. You’ll learn how to identify relevant and valid sources of data, trends, review the demographic changes in population health and appreciate how data informs health decisions. You’ll also learn the application of epidemiology in public health by exploring the theories, learning the practical skills and undertaking case study exercises.

Year two, core modules

  • Research Methodology
    You will learn to be analytical and insightful regarding research reports. You will gain an invaluable skill for anyone who wishes to provide effective and appropriate care in their individual sphere of practice. In addition, today's practitioner is required to work in a multi professional, multi-agency world which requires skills and insight into the efficacy of research. This module will revisit existing knowledge of the research process and assist you in further developing skills of critical analysis and ethical appraisal of published work.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    The undergraduate major project enables you to raise and address significant questions relating to your chosen topic/issue. You will be supported by a tutor with similar interests and research profile. This module requires autonomous study and it is your chance to demonstrate that you have met our University’s expectations and are ready to graduate.
  • Managing Care for the Adult Patient
    This module will enable you to further your understanding of nursing skill in a global context. This module aims to address the necessary theories that support nursing assessment and care planning and to consider these from a global perspective. You will be required to gather and appraise patient assessment and care planning strategies from international contexts and relate this to your professional development. Topics will include communication, health promotion, evidence-based care in a global context, legal ethical and professional practice, record keeping, patient rights, nursing models, care planning and assessment tools and multi-cultural needs.
  • Leading Change in Promoting Health and Wellbeing in an International Context
    This module will consider the nature of health, and will focus on the political, social and psychological theories and issues that underpin the concepts of promoting health and well-being. The module will introduce key concepts and issues to develop the student’s awareness, knowledge and skills to promote health and wellbeing at individual and community levels. The role of the nurse in the promotion of health and wellbeing for the individual and the population (young adult to older person) will be explored, emphasising the importance of all nurses as health promoting practitioners. The focus of the module is upon contemporary theory and the main approaches to health promotion which underpin change including; the medical approach, behaviour change approach, educational approach, client-centred approach and the societal-change approach.


We use a mix of assessment methods to help you and your tutors measure your progress on this course. These vary between modules, but include written assignments, presentations and group discussions. They’ll help you to develop the wide-ranging skills you need to be a good nurse.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2019/20 or 2020/21 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2020/21 (per year)


Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments


We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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International students

You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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