Edinburgh Napier University / Southpoint Education International

BSc Nursing Studies ‘Top-up’ Degree

BSc Nursing Studies (Top-up)


At Edinburgh Napier University, we aim to be recognised as a University that is professional, ambitious, innovative and inclusive and the School of Health and Social Care aspires to provide you with an excellent, personalised student experience. In our dealings with you we will act with respect and integrity. We will create an environment to enable you to feel proud to be a student of the University, to feel confident and supported while being academically challenged to further and deepen your knowledge and skills. A wide consultation process was undertaken to ascertain feedback from all stakeholders (including current and former BSc Nursing Studies students, registered nurses, nurse managers, nurse educators, other healthcare personnel and patients) to enable the BSc Nursing Studies programme to be evaluated and revised to ensure it meets the needs of registered nurses working in contemporary healthcare practice.

This programme is designed specifically for registered nurses who wish to “top up” their academic qualifications to a BSc Nursing Studies award. The programme acknowledges the diversity of learning needs of professionals in the workplace, particularly those working in healthcare environments who are studying concurrently.

The BSc Nursing Studies curriculum aims to provide you with a programme of study that is relevant to contemporary nursing practice and will provide you with learning opportunities to enhance your knowledge and skills to allow you to progress in your chosen sphere of nursing practice.

The programme is designed to provide a learning opportunity for registered nurses who hold either a diploma or a certificate in nursing to deepen their knowledge of evidence-based practice and develop a critical approach to integrated healthcare when they can effectively apply theory to their own nursing practice.


Trimester 1

(15 Weeks)

Trimester 2

(15 Weeks)

Trimester 3

(15 Weeks)

Module 1

20 Credits

Module 2

20 Credits

Module 3

20 Credits

Module 4

20 Credits

Module 5

20 Credits

Module 6

20 Credits



This module will encourage you to explore medical and social models of care, health outcomes, information and support, psychological consequences of chronic disease, social issues, cultural and
spiritual issues. Self-management strategies including the “Expert Patient” Programme, enabling role, partnership working will form part of your studies and offer you opportunities to explore these in the context of your own practice. Ethical issues, patient choice, advocacy and values-based practice will underpin the units of study in this module and how it links to your practice.


This module will help you explore the theories of ageing from a physical, psychological, social and cultural aspect. Older people and health care will be contextualised from a local and worldwide perspective and include exploration of the value of nursing theories when assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care.

You will be encouraged to use health care related policies, legislation and strategies, both local and international, to examine the importance of individualised approaches to meeting the often complex healthcare needs of older people within communities and globally – as well as examine the impact of the ageing population on health related services.

The module will utilise a strengths-based approach to working with older people to maximise independence and promote self-care. You will have the opportunity to explore contemporary practice by using case examples and vignettes to embed and apply theories and concepts relating to older peoples care.


The themes of this module will be explored through a ‘virtual family’ which is based on the experiences of real people. Factors influencing health: genetic inheritance; ageing process; sex; spirituality; psychological factors, eg personality; loss & bereavement; mental health and wellbeing will be explored. Coping strategies including psychological & behavioural aspects will be examined in line with health beliefs and values to increase knowledge and application of health promotion theory in your practice. Public health and the main issues and priorities related to health in your local area will be discussed as well as global issues for example obesity, type 2 diabetes, inactivity, sexual health, mental health, drug & alcohol will form the basis on which the module explores nursing assessment, intervention, and health promotion.


This module will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the different types of evidence that may be used to inform clinical practice. Specifically, you will explore different approaches to undertaking the research process, research methods and will have the opportunity to develop your skills to critique research and its relevance to practice. You will learn how to interpret statistical analyses and qualitative data analysis. You will reflect on the ethical and professional implications of research and you will also consider factors which promote or hinder the implementation of evidence to practice. This will enable you to focus on dissemination and communication of evidence in practice.


This module will introduce you to the following topic areas, which you will explore in the context of your area of nursing: Clinical Leadership; Clinical Governance and Change Management. You will explore partnership and team working, and critique effective leadership in contemporary healthcare practice. There will be opportunities to consider the role of the nurse leader in relation to teaching and learning, inter-professional education, clinical support, and supervision. You will consider leadership styles and qualities that are effective in supporting change within the complexity of healthcare settings and explore theoretical aspects of leadership in the context of your practice. Reflective skills will be explored, and these skills will be used to explore the impact of leadership and change management within your clinical practice.


This module aims to support you to deliver competent, safe and professionally accountable, autonomous nursing practice by exploring everyday clinical situations that involve challenging ethical and legal issues. It will support you in upholding global codes of ethics for Nurses by enhancing your knowledge and skills and extending your understanding of ethical theory and relevant legislation. You will consider the relevance of the law, specific healthcare legislation and ethical reasoning principles, values and behaviours to supporting professional nursing practice. You will explore potential challenges and opportunities of continuing to develop professional integrity, self-awareness and reflective practice in your nursing care. You will explore the influence of healthcare legislation and application of ethical practice in relation to cultures, sub-cultures and the wider society.
You will consider their impact on health and well-being, and explore mechanisms for supporting cultural sensitivity and diversity in all aspects of patient care in a way that reflects respect, compassion and dignity. This will be achieved by exploring specific examples of legislation, and examine the implications and impact that these may have on ethical healthcare practice.

Earn a world class BSc Nursing for under $5,000.

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BSc Nursing Studies (Top-up)

  • Assessments are completed and submitted through the secure learning environment. The schedule for assessments is published in advance. There are no formal exams – assessment is by end of unit quizzes and end of module assignments.
  • The programme consists of six modules i.e. 5 x 20 credits plus 1 x 40 credits. You can complete in a minimum of 15 months or a maximum of 3 years.
Admissions Criteria
  • You must be a practicing registered nurse and have an Associate Degree or equivalent. Those with higher qualifications may be exempt from 1 x 20 credit module.

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