• Career focused

    We confidently prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in nursing. We have high employability rates after graduation

  • Accredited by NMC

    Our courses allow you to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register so that you can practise as a nurse in your field of expertise

  • Placements

    Gain first-hand experience of working within a variety of city and community settings

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), our courses deliver the high standard of education and training you need to prepare for a successful career in nursing. We collaborate with local NHS Trusts and Partnerships to offer quality work placements, ensuring our students benefit from 100% employability rates after graduation.

Why study Nursing at the University of Cumbria?

Upon graduating from this course, you will be fully qualified to join the NMC Register. Due to the relentless demand for nurses in the UK, your qualification will open many doors for employment, and you will be able to practice as a nurse for adult care anywhere in the country. Our post-registration courses also offer nurses who are looking to progress with their career the chance to continue learning while earning.

By offering career focussed nursing courses, we:

99% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017).


Values Based Recruitment

As the largest provider of health professionals in Cumbria and North Lancashire, our team of expert lecturers adhere to the Value Based Recruitment approach (VBR) outlined in the NHS constitution. This helps the organisation to recruit staff that fit with their values while increasing the employability of our graduates.

Find out more about VBR

A choice of courses to meet your individual needs

We offer courses across all four fields of nursing, including Pre-Registration and Post-Registration Nursing:

Pre-registration Nursing

Post-registration Nursing

If you are looking to progress your career as a nurse, we offer short courses that will allow you to build on your existing qualifications. Designed as a top-up degree, you will have the opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills while working. From standalone modules to full Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, you can tailor your course to meet your personal and professional development needs.

*98 out of 157 BSc (Hons) Nursing graduates received a 2:1 or a first class honours degree qualification from the University of Cumbria in September 2016

Gain the skills and practical experience you need for a successful career in nursing. Contact us today and become part of providing better health and care for those in need.

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Nursing news and events

Campaigner brings drive for health professionals to receive mandatory autism and learning disability training to Cumbria and Lancashire

Posted: 2 Apr 2019

A high-profile mother who is campaigning for all doctors and nurses to receive mandatory training in autism and learning disability awareness following the death of her teenage son is to visit the University of Cumbria.

Back to the future for nursing graduate

Posted: 19 Mar 2019

JUST 18-months after graduating a 25-year-old Carlisle nurse returned to University of Cumbria yesterday (Monday) to become a lecturer.

Two inspirational students make the cut for national nursing awards

Posted: 5 Mar 2019

Two nursing students from the University of Cumbria have made the shortlist for the prestigious Student Nursing Times Awards 2019. Diana Heyes, 50, and Lucia Scull, 27, are up for ‘Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year’ and ‘Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health’, respectively at this year’s awards.

Sepsis specialist returns to teach nurses of the future

Posted: 22 Feb 2019

Five years ago Stacey Wilson fulfilled a childhood ambition to become a nurse when she qualified upon graduating from the University of Cumbria. Six months ago Stacey secured promotion and she is now one of two sepsis nurse specialists who oversee the care and treatment of more than 3,000 patients per month at north Cumbria’s two main hospitals. On Monday (25 February), Stacey will be on site talking about recognising sepsis and patient care.

New year heralds new nursing opportunities at university

Posted: 7 Jan 2019

The arrival of a new year is often the time when many people consider developing new skills, switching careers or taking on a new challenge. And those considering a career in nursing have the opportunity to find out more from the University of Cumbria this weekend.

Nursing at Cumbria University

Posted: 29 May 2019

At the university of Cumbria, our three year Pre-registration Nursing Programme offers student nurses the opportunity to learn from all four fields of nursing; Adult, Child, Mental Health and Learning Disability.

What happens after a nursing degree?

Posted: 30 Apr 2019

Fay Codona loves Carlisle.

I’m determined to be that person that everyone wants to see for child nursing.

Posted: 30 Apr 2019

On a compassion and care calling

Determined to succeed - against all the odds

Posted: 30 Apr 2019

If nursing is on your radar, be inspired by one remarkable woman who says it’s the best career in the world.

Learning Disability Nursing pioneer praises UoC for shaping her life and career

Posted: 22 Feb 2019

Eloise O’Neill is a learning disabilities graduate nurse - and a trailblazer. The first assessment practitioner for vulnerable young people in police custody at Workington, she’s part of the relatively new Criminal Justice Liaison Diversion service in a role she could never have envisaged.

Promoting a Healthy Transition from Child to Young Adult - Carlisle - Fusehill Street

Fri 28 Jun 2019

During this masterclass we will map the influences that protect, promote, are harmful or present barriers to health during transition of children to adulthood.

Campus Tour - Carlisle - Fusehill Street

Wed 3 Jul 2019

An opportunity to visit our Fusehill Street Campus.

Campus Tour - Lancaster

Wed 10 Jul 2019

An opportunity to visit our Lancaster campus.

Undergraduate Open Day - Lancaster

Sat 17 Aug 2019

Here's your chance to experience living and learning with like-minded individuals on a campus where you'll find your course, your calling and your career.

Nursing Placement Map

  1. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool, FY3 8NR
  2. North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, Cumberland Infirmary, Newtown Road, Carlisle, CA2 7HY
  3. North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Ladybridge Hall Headquarters, Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 5DD
  4. East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Blackburn Hospital, Haslingden Road, Blackburn, BB2 3HH
  5. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Preston Hospital, Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9HT
  6. Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Trust Headquarters, Bury New Road, Prestwich, M25 3BL
  7. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Trust Headquaters, Sceptre Point, Sceptre Way, Walton Summit, Preston, PR5 6AW
  8. Mersey Care NHS Trust, V7 Building, Kings Business Park, Prescot, Liverpool, L34 1PJ
  9. Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Voreda, Portland Place, Penrith, CA11 7BF
  10. University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Westmorland General Hospital, Burton Road, Kendal, LA9 7RG
  11. University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Ashton Road, Lancaster, LA1 4RP
  12. University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Furness General Hospital, Dalton Lane, Barrow-In-Furness, LA14 4LF

Student Testimonials

Nichola Cranston

BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult)

"My personal tutor and other university staff have been very helpful and as a care leaver, I feel I have received excellent support right from the beginning of my course"


Being a nurse!

you will never be bored.
you will always be frustrated.

you will be surrounded by challenges.
so much to do and so little time.
you will carry immense responsibility
and very little authority.
you will step into people's lives
and you will make a difference.
some will bless you.
some will curse you.
you will see people at their worst...
and at their best.
you will never cease to be amazed
at people's capacity for
love, courage, and endurance.
you will see life begin...and end.
you will experience resounding triumphs
and devastating failures.
you will cry a lot.
you will laugh a lot.
you will know what it is to be human
and to be humane.


Nursing Courses

We offer courses in a range of subject areas including Pre-registration and Post-registration Nursing;

Pre-registration Nursing

Post-registration Nursing

Our CPD/Short courses are for qualified nurses who are looking to build on their existing qualifications and enhance their knowledge; we offer a wide provision of courses from stand-alone modules to full Bachelor's and Master's degrees that can be tailored to meet personal and professional development needs.

View all Nursing courses


Midwifery courses

We offer a number of midwifery courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD/Chort courses, including some practice development routes;

View all Midwifery courses

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