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Why should I do a degree in Nursing?

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Published: 19 October 2020

Students at the University of Sunderland in London at a Lecture

Nursing is a career filled not only with employment possibilities, but chances to make a huge impact on people’s lives.  

The pandemic has shown us just how much we, as a society, value and needs medical professionals, especially nurses.  

So why should you choose to study Nursing with us and where can our degrees take you?  

At the University of Sunderland in London, we offer two nursing courses: BSc (Hons) Nursing (Top-Up) and MSc Nursing 

Both are focused on management in the sector, rather than the traditional medical route.  

This direction makes what we offer special because, with a degree from us, you’ll be better placed to apply for higher-level management jobs – making real decisions that positively affect the healthcare industry.  

Your options  

Our focus on leadership in the nursing profession means you’ll need to apply to us after having already had some experience in the field.  

That’s true for both degree routes but differs slightly depending on which one you choose.  

With the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Top-Up), you’ll need you to have a Higher Education Diploma Level Nursing qualification.  

The course aims to take your previous degree up to full honours, giving you access to a much wider range of professional jobs in healthcare.   

For the MSc, you’ll need a degree in nursing. A masters is the next stage after an undergraduate course, meaning the level of work increases.  

Therefore, you’ll be expected to have some experience and knowledge to keep up with the workload.   

One popular route is to graduate from our Top-Up then move straight on to the MSc.  

What you’ll study  

Both courses last for one year, with up to four intakes available annually. But what you study will depend on the degree you choose.  

On the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Top-Up) you’ll look at a wide range of subjects from theory to evidence-based practice.   

You’ll also get a grounding in care management, mentorship and law before writing your final dissertation on a topic you choose with your course supervisor.  

MSc Nursing also includes a dissertation but gives you the chance to specialise even further.   

Along with the core modules of research methods, global health and teaching, you’ll choose from either epidemiology or management.  


Once you’ve achieved your Top-Up degree you can become a fully qualified nurse, giving you access to not only a wide range of employment, but opening the door to further study.  

Recently the NHS and the nursing sector, in general, have emphasised higher degrees for their top employees.  

Which means that this course is an important stepping stone in your career, especially if you want to work as, for example, a nurse consultant, research nurse, clinical nurse and much more.  

Potential employers recognise the experience and expertise of students with higher degrees like MSc Nursing.   

In practice, this means you’ll be able to apply for higher managerial roles where you can make a bigger impact and, of course, earn a greater salary.  

Nurse team managers and nurse consultants often have degrees at this level, for example.  

Nursing is an important, well-respected and varied profession. There’s plenty of room for you to work in the part of the sector which interests you the most.   

Don’t worry if you’re not sure what that is yet – we’ll help you discover your passion!  

If you want to find out more about Nursing and Healthcare courses from the University of Sunderland in London, visit our course section 

You can also find out more about your lectures for both degrees on our staff pages 

Finally, if you want help and advice choosing what to do after studying with us, speak to our Careers and Employability team. Set up a one-to-one meeting through Compass or email them at

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