Global Destination UK: Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Courses


Healthcare courses in nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions at universities in the UK draw students from all over the world attracted by top-class teaching, academics who are often leaders in their field and ground-breaking research that informs teaching and impacts on the delivery of healthcare services.

Courses are offered at 85 higher education institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland ranging from new universities to some of the oldest universities in the UK, with courses available at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Many UK universities have long-standing partnerships with universities across the globe and a number also have campuses overseas delivering health courses. Some UK universities also offer distance-learning qualifications, so that international students can join a global community of professionals and apply what they are learning to their local situations.


Nursing education programmes that result in being able to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s register and practise in the UK (pre-registration programmes) are only run at NMC-approved educational institutions. Courses usually take a minimum of three years. Half the programme is based in clinical practice, with direct contact with patients and families. This can include the home, community, hospitals, independent and voluntary organisations. All nurses and midwives working in the UK must have successfully completed an approved programme of education to be registered with the NMC.