Get ahead in nursing at UWS

UWS is the largest provider of nursing and midwifery education in Scotland; their graduates and staff are making an immense contribution to improving the health of the nation and are also making their mark across the world to improve health and wellbeing internationally.

Based within the School of Health and Life Sciences undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD study options are available for those looking to take their first step in nursing or to take their career to the next level.

Options include:

  • BSc Adult/Mental Health Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies
  • MSc Adult/Mental Health Nursing
  • MSc Nursing

All four Scottish campuses – based in Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire and Paisley – are equipped with state-of-the-art clinical skills and simulation facilities, replicating hospital, primary care and domestic environments and are supported by contemporary healthcare technologies.

Many of the innovative courses on offer also provide students with hands-on experience and work in real-life ward situations that prove invaluable to graduate prospects.

The University’s work in dementia care has seen them gain national recognition including best educational initiative at Scotland’s Dementia Awards 2016, and a shortlisting in the teaching innovation of the year category in the Student Nursing Times 2014 – for the Dementia: Through the Eyes of a Child project.

The Dementia Champions programme, which is funded by The Scottish Government and delivered by UWS in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland has also been honoured in the UK’s Best Breakthrough list, compiled by Universities UK, for its pioneering work in teaching qualified health and social care professionals to become agents in dementia care.

All of this expertise is incorporated into the teaching on their courses.

Current BSc Mental Health Nursing student Peter Cartwright highlights the practical experience he is gaining during the course through placement opportunities as being vital for his future career.

Peter says: “Having the opportunity to put theory into practice is very beneficial. The placements give you a real sense of the job and a good insight into best practice.”

MSc Gerontology and Later Life Studies graduate Margaret Callaghan, who is now quality manager at Thistle Healthcare Ltd, is already reaping the benefits from the time on the course.

She says: “Questioning and challenging is an invaluable part of being a quality manager. My time at UWS gave me the confidence to challenge people – even superiors – if I see somewhere we can make improvements.”

The School of Health and Life Sciences at UWS also offers options in midwifery, social care, bioscience/biomedical science and sport.

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