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Department of Nursing & Clinical Sciences

We integrate staff expertise in three fields of nursing - adult, children and young people, and mental health - with advanced clinical practice, general practice, postgraduate medicine and clinical research.  The interdisciplinary nature of the department enables us to work collaboratively on education, professional practice development and research, and creates a rich network of nursing and clinical science academics. 

Our team of highly qualified nursing staff are committed to producing the next generation of outstanding, skilled and compassionate practitioners, having been engaged in creating the nursing workforce regionally for over 20 years. Our high graduate employment rates confirm that our graduates meet the expectations of the workplace on completion and many come back to us to continue to study and develop themselves after qualification.

Our GP Centre is funded through the Wessex Deanery to prepare newly qualified doctors for general practice and to provide continuing professional development for experienced doctors across Dorset.

Research is at the heart of our work and is supported by our Clinical Research Unit (BUCRU) which conducts health related research with clinical colleagues in Dorset. The Centre of Postgraduate Medical Research and Education (CoPMRE) offers training for new doctors in hospitals, helping to further prepare them for the world of clinical practice, and brings together experienced doctors working in local NHS trusts who are, or would like to be, engaged in research or education activities. 

Our vision

The vision of the Department of Nursing & Clinical Sciences is to provide high-quality education and research that supports excellence in practice to the benefit of all those who access healthcare, nationally and globally. The department is a supportive and vibrant community of staff, practitioners, students and service users who work in partnership. Our mission is to meet the evolving education and research needs for future healthcare practice and demonstrate transformational leadership. The department prepares nursing students and postgraduate health professionals for a future in interdisciplinary team working, promoting population health, providing strong leadership, undertaking research, innovating and transforming services, providing safe and humanising care, and demonstrating person-centred professional values.

Our research activities

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Learn about the work our Centre of Postgraduate Medical Research and Education (CoPMRE) carries out in the local area.
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Discover how the Bournemouth University Clinical Research Unit (BUCRU) supports and conducts health-related research in Dorset.
Centre for GP Practice

Centre for GP Practice

The GP Centre is the “area office” for Dorset for Health Education England Wessex. We are based in the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences at Royal London House in Bournemouth University.

Nursing for long-term health

Nursing for long-term health

Learn about how nursing for long-term health research centre (also known as N4LTH) brings together academics and practice-based colleagues with passion, expertise and reputation in nurse education and research.


BU iWell is a research centre with a particular focus on people with chronic, long-term, and/or complex conditions. Our research activity takes an integrative approach to the understanding and promotion of human health.

Our courses

Undergraduate courses

Undergraduate courses

See what pre-qualifying courses we offer within the department at undergraduate level.

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Postgraduate courses

We offer a number of postgraduate and post-registration courses within the department.