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Health, Nursing and Midwifery

At Hull we don't just teach the theory. We go beyond the classroom, in simulated operating theatres, hospital wards and intensive care facilities, as well as on clinical placements, to give students the skills, experience and support to become confident and compassionate professional health practitioners. At Hull, Health, Nursing and Midwifery is part of the School of Health and Social Work, which sits within the Faculty of Health Sciences.


Our expert staff work with local healthcare providers to deliver programmes, ranging from 'bite-size' taster sessions and stand-alone modules to Honours, Masters and research degrees, in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

We offer flexible routes into nursing and healthcare for those who do not have the qualifications for direct entry through apprenticeships, certificates and foundation degrees.

Our Specialist Skills Post Registration Development programmes and standalone modules are for professionals wishing to improve their skills or develop their career.


  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery

    Gain the skills and self-confidence to become a qualified midwife and provide a safe and competent experience for the childbearing woman and her baby.

  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery (Short Programme)

    This course is for registered adult nurses who want to become a qualified midwife in a fully-funded and salaried 85-week programme.

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

    Adult Nursing at Hull takes a research-led, patient-centred approach and is split 50:50 between time on campus and on placements within NHS trusts.

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child)

    Our dedicated children's nursing team support students through this course which is divided equally between class-based activities and clinical placements.

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Learning Disability)

    This degree takes its student nurses into people's homes, schools, treatment units and care services and is divided equally between study and practice.

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

    Students on this programme learn to deliver high-quality, evidence-based health care and to build one-to-one relationships with those in need.

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies

    This course is designed specifically for international applicants with non-UK nursing qualifications who wish to study an academically-focused degree.

  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice

    The course is designed in partnership with the NHS and independent services to help ODPs acquire the knowledge and skills to undertake more complex tasks.

  • BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science

    This programme was developed at the specific request of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to meet a critical local shortage of paramedics.

Postgraduate Taught

  • MSc in Advanced Practice

    Designed to meet a demand for advanced care practitioners, this programme provides the next step in career progression and academic development.

  • MSc in Colonoscopy

    This unique programme is aimed at advanced nurses, and members of related professions, who wish to study colonoscopy and endoscopy practice.

  • MSc in Gastroenterology Care

    This unique programme gives students the skills and knowledge to perform and develop patient care in the growing field of gastroenterology and endoscopy.

  • MSc in Health Studies

    Developed with the NHS, this programme is designed to meet students' professional development needs as healthcare practitioners.

  • MSc in Healthcare Improvement Leadership

    This programme offers an advanced education in healthcare improvement leadership and is aimed at individuals employed within health care disciplines.

  • MSc in Leadership in Health and Social Care

    This programme is designed to support existing or aspirant leaders in health care or social work develop their knowledge and understanding of leadership.

  • PGCert Educator in Practice

    This programme was developed in response to demand from healthcare providers to prepare students for careers as educators in professional practice.

  • PGCert Practice Teacher

    This PGCert programme prepare students for careers as practice teachers in accordance with the standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

  • PGCert/PGDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Secondary Care)

    This course is designed for mental health professionals including nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, counsellors, doctors and social workers.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery (Short Programme)

    Students can gain the skills and self-confidence to become a qualified midwife in this 85-week postgraduate course.

Postgraduate Research

Flexible routes into nursing, healthcare and social Care

We offer a variety of courses where you can learn and gain experience at the same time, without the need for full-time study at the University.

Many of our flexible programmes are designed for those already working in nursing, healthcare or social work who wish to make a greater contribution to patient and client care.

They can also open up careers as nurses, midwives, operating department practitioners, paramedics and social workers to people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Gemma Ansell

"I was the first person in my family to go to university and as a mature student I am doubly proud to have got a first."

Gemma Ansell
BSc Nursing (Child)

Why study at Hull?

Our highly-qualified, experienced staff work with local health care providers to deliver a range of innovative and relevant courses in some of the UK's most advanced facilities.

Our £28-million new Health Campus is one of the finest training environments in the country, and its quality is matched by the breadth of the courses we offer.

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Approved by regulatory bodies

Our courses are approved by professional and regulatory bodies including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the College of Operating Department Practitioners and the Health and Care Professions Council.

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Flexible routes

We offer flexible routes into becoming a nurse, midwife or operating department practitioner for those who do not have the qualifications for direct entry, through our certificate, apprenticeship and foundation degree programmes.

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Postgraduate courses

Our postgraduate courses are designed to prepare professionals to deliver safe and compassionate care underpinned by the latest research and evidence.

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Health Campus

Benefit from our revolutionary new Health Campus. From simulated hospital wards and operating theatres to state-of-the-art workspaces, our new facilities offer phenomenal training environments for our students and researchers.

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Career opportunities for our students are outstanding with most going on to NHS careers as nurses, midwives, operating department practitioners and paramedics.

They work in a range of settings including hospitals, clinics, surgeries and the community.

Others find positions overseas, in private practice, in social services, the pharmaceutical industry, the armed forces, the prison service or in specialist areas such as drug rehabilitation, care homes and radiotherapy.

*Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency

100% of nursing students who graduated went on to employment or further study within six months in each of the last three years*



Mental health nursing

Our research

Our researchers work closely with NHS clinicians and social workers to ensure our research is at the forefront of its field and benefits the health and wellbeing of the local community.

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Students experience mentored clinical placements with NHS trusts in Hull and East Yorkshire, York and Scarbrough, North East and North Lincolnshire, with the private, independent and voluntary sectors, and with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Placements are a key part of our programmes. That's why we have a special team - the Placement Learning Unit - to work with our practice partners and support our students while they are on placement.

Placement Learning Unit

More than 130 nursing students in their final year of study in 2017 have been offered permanent employment at either Castle Hill Hospital or Hull Royal Infirmary


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Never stop learning

We provide an extensive range of flexible programmes for NHS practitioners and other professionals to develop their skills and update their knowledge.

SSPRD courses

Open Days

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world on all our courses. We have a wide range of programmes both for those seeking a professional nursing degree and for those already qualified.

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Come and see for yourself

The best way to see if the University of Hull is right for you is to come and visit us. We hold Open Days throughout the year. Book your place now - we'd love to meet you.

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Contact us

School of Health and Social Work
  • University of Hull
  • Hull, UK
  • HU6 7RX