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Department of Nursing Science

Department of Nursing Science

The Department of Nursing Science integrates staff expertise in three fields of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) approved pre-registration nursing programmes in adult, children and young people, and mental health nursing. The department also has a portfolio of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes for qualified nurses such as Advanced Clinical Practice, nurse prescribing and return to practice programmes as well as a suite of CPD units.

The nature of the department enables us to work collaboratively with local and regional health and social care providers on education, professional practice development and research. 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 25 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.

The department also has a strong research foundation with a track record for income generation through a number of research centres, including the Centre for Nursing and Long Term Health, exploring nursing practice, education and workforce.

Professional bodies and accreditations

Our courses

Our vision

The vision of the Department of Nursing Science 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

Nursing for long-term health

Nursing for long-term health

Nurse colleagues at Bournemouth University have been researching leadership, workforce development and value-based nurse education, as well as issues pertaining to long-term conditions such as cancer and chronic obstructive airway disease (COPD).



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.