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Health, Nursing and Midwifery courses

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 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 without formal qualifications. With the University Certificate in Health and Social Care Practice and the Alternative Route into Health and Social Care you can study part-time during the day or evenings.

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

From August 2020, undergraduate students studying nursing, midwifery and many allied health courses will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year. This doesn't need to be paid back and is in addition to any financial support received through your student loan. 

Paramedic Science is ranked 1st Overall in the UK **, and our Nursing Courses are Joint 1st for Graduate Prospects †.

Foundation year

Gives you the skills and knowledge for entry on to a degree if you don’t quite meet the academic entry requirements.

Study abroad

We have partnerships with universities across the globe. Depending on your course, you can study for one trimester, or a full year, in another country.

Industrial placement

Work in industry as part of your degree. Depending on your course, you can spend part of your degree on placement. See your course page for specific details.

Integrated Masters

Some courses combine undergraduate and postgraduate study. The integrated Masters year is an extra year after your standard degree.


  • Midwifery BSc

    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.

  • Nursing (Adult)

    Learn the necessary skills to deliver high-quality healthcare by applying for our research-led, patient-centred BSc Adult Nursing degree course.

  • Nursing (Child)

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

  • Nursing (Learning Disability)

    Help people with learning difficulties in their daily life with our BSc Learning Disability Nursing degree. Apply to start making a difference today.

  • Nursing (Mental Health)

    Gain the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality mental health care by applying for our patient-focused BSc Mental Health Nursing degree.

  • Operating Department Practice

    Operating Department Practice BSc (Hons) is designed in partnership with the NHS and independent services to help ODPs acquire the knowledge and skills to undertake more complex tasks.

  • Paramedic Science

    This paramedic science degree BSc was developed at the specific request of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to meet a critical local shortage of paramedics.

  • Physiotherapy

    Study in the award-winning Allam Medical Building on a programme developed to help meet a local and national shortfall in the number of qualified physiotherapists.

Postgraduate Taught

  • MSc in Dementia


    Gain a critical understanding of the lived experience of Dementia with the University of Hull. Find out more about our part-time, online course.

  • MSc in Healthcare Leadership


    Explore healthcare leadership in a global context, gaining knowledge and skills applicable to all healthcare systems on our part-time online 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, in some cases without the need for typical entry requirements or 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.

  • University Certificate in Health and Social Care Practice

    This part-time, flexible programme offers an easily-accessible and vocationally-relevant introduction to academic study to prepare students for further study. Upon successful completion students will be eligible to apply for selected health and social care University of Hull degree programmes.

  • Alternative Route into Health and Social Care

    Delivered through evening classes and online, this flexible course offers an opportunity for those who wish to pursue careers in Health and Social Care, but don't have the qualifications to apply for our professional health and social care degree programmes.


Our Health based apprenticeships are employer led and the University of Hull do not accept direct applications. These programmes are for staff currently employed in an appropriate health or social care setting and those interested should pursue apprenticeship opportunities with their employer. For further information please contact


  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) Apprenticeship

    This programme is for staff currently employed in an appropriate health care setting and those interested should pursue the matter of support with their employer. Nurse Degree Apprentices can access the programme from a range of health care settings. Under the supervision of mentors, they will assess, plan, implement and evaluate care required by patients.

  • Apprenticeship Nursing Associate

    Nurse Degree Apprentices are employed by the NHS and can access the programme from a range of health care settings. Under the supervision of mentors, they will assess, plan, implement and evaluate care required by patients. On successful completion of this apprenticeship, students will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice (Apprentice)

    The ODP degree apprentice programme can be accessed from a range of health care settings and is an ideal opportunity to undertake work based experiential and reflective learning whilst being employed. You will work and be assessed in a variety of specialist areas such as general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, ear, nose and throat, obstetric surgery, anaesthetic and post-anaesthetic care (recovery).

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.

ODP students Anna Williams and Lizzie Olayemi in the theatre

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.

students using blood pressure monitors on each other

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.

Midwife at Hull Women and Childrens Hospital

Postgraduate courses

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

Postgraduate Courses


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.

See where you will learn


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.

* UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Higher Education Graduate Outcomes statistics, for the academic year 2019/20, published by HESA July 2022.

100% of nursing and midwifery students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating*

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.

Explore our Research


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


Learning disability nursing

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.

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.

International Students Info

Campus tulips in Spring

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.

Book your place on an Open Day

** The Complete University Guide 2023

† (Excluding Children's Nursing) The Guardian University Rankings 2023

Contact us

Health, Nursing and Midwifery
  • University of Hull
  • Hull, UK
  • HU6 7RX