Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate & Post-experience Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

You must be a registered nurses and should normally possess an Ordinary (bachelor's) degree in nursing.

Applications from those who do not hold a degree will be considered on an individual basis as the discretion of the Admissions Officers.

You must hold current registration as a nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or for International students you must hold registration with an equivalent recognised nursing professional body in your home country.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL may be considered where applicants can demonstrate they have achieved similar or work related experience against the module or programme outcomes.

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Exceptions to this level of IELTS scoring exist fro some accredited or professionally-recognised courses (see section below for more details).

 

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Biomedical Science degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf) and our MSc Advanced Biomedical Science, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019).

For our BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science and BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science programmes, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 6.5

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

    • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
    • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
    • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

As an international (non-Eu/non-EEA) student on the MSc Nursing course, as a minimum, you should have an overall IETLS Score of at least 6.0 with no competent less than 5.5 or have an equivalent language qualification recognised by the UKVI.

Please Note: If you intend to engage in the optional UK Nursing Competency Development Course (8 weeks) with a view of applying for registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) to practise as a nurse in the UK then you must satisfy the following NMC English Language requirements:

International English Language Test System (IELTS)

  • an overall score of at least 7
  • at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

Occupational English Test (OET)

  • at least a B grade in the writing, reading, listening and speaking sections.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

Postgraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£6,500 cost of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£6,500 cost of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£6,500 cost of study

International (Non-EU)

£13,000 cost of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Module Fee: 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£930 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£930 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£930 per module (20 credits)

International

£930 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Academic Session 2021/22 Postgraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time

International (including EU)

£16,400 Cost per year (includes UK Nursing Competency Development Course)

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Academic Session 2021/22 Postgraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time

International (including EU)

£19,475 Cost per year (includes UK Nursing Competency Development Course)

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Academic Session 2021/22 Postgraduate Tuition Fees - Online

Scottish

£6,500 Cost of study

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£10,765 Cost of study

Republic of Ireland

£10,765 Cost of study

International (including EU)

£16,400 Cost of study

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2021/22 Tuition Fees for 20-credit Module (Online)

Scottish

£930 Cost of 20-credit module

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£1,600 Cost of 20-credit module

Republic of Ireland

£1,600 Cost of 20-credit module

International (EU/EEA & non-EU/EEA)

£2,345 Cost of 20-credit module

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How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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