BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

Southwark Campus and Havering Campus and Croydon Campus

Mode: Full-time

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A place that cares

Develop the specialist skills required to become a confident, professional nursing practitioner helping people over the age of 18. We’re proud of our excellent reputation in nursing education. Our range of established adult nursing courses that will give you the education and training you need to succeed. Hone your skills in our state-of-the-art laboratory environments, set up to simulate hospital ward and critical care environments. Gain real-life experience in a clinical placement with an esteemed NHS Trust partners in Greater London during your degree.

Plus, our hybrid learning approach means that you’ll graduate with all the specialist knowledge to prepare you for caring for adults within the ever-evolving environment of the 21st-century healthcare system. Enter the world of work equipped to be a leader in the profession, having studied with the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s ‘Future Nurse’ standards in mind.

Our curriculum is delivered through a hybrid learning approach across our three campus sites. It encompasses a range of modules which will prepare you to care for adults within an ever-changing health and social care environment.

Why Adult Nursing at LSBU?

Ranked 2nd amongst London competitors for Graduate Prospects in Nursing (Complete University Guide 2023)
Ranked 3rd in London overall for Nursing and 96 percent of graduates get graduate level jobs or are in further education at professional or higher education level, within 15 months of graduation (Guardian University Guide 2023).
Gain practical experience in leading NHS Trusts across London.
Professional accreditation: our courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Extensive nursing skills facilities at all of our campus sites (Southwark, Havering, and Croydon)

Your Choice of Campus

This course is currently available to study at our Havering campus based in Harold Wood, Essex  or at our brand new Campus in Croydon.  It is a fantastic opportunity to experience a new building with state of the art facilities whilst completing your programme.  Students based in Croydon must be able to travel to Croydon, Epsom, Crawley, Sutton and Kent where our placements are based and students may be asked to travel to any one or more of those locations. It is not possible to transfer to Southwark Campus if an offer is made at Croydon. Find out more and apply now.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
3 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus
4 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus


On this course, you'll be taught and supported by leading academics and nurses. You’ll apply your learning in a variety of clinical and health care settings, including placements on general medical and surgical wards, critical care areas such as A&E departments or intensive care units in leading NHS Trusts and hospitals across London, Essex and the South East. You may also spend this time in community placements or services for the care of elderly people. Overall, the course is split between 50% theory and 50% practice.

All modules on the course are compulsory. Each module of study indicates the number of contact hours and the number of hours students should spend studying as self directed and blended learning activities. For each 20 credit module students should be expected to undertake 200 hours of learning.

On campus and on line live sessions account for approximately 15 hours of teaching per week.

Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

Year 1

  • Biosciences for nurses - 20 credits
    This module provides you with an understanding of the structure and function of main body’s systems and how the human body maintains homeostasis. The content of this module has been selected and developed to equip you with the necessary knowledge to inform your nursing practice and progression throughout the programme. This knowledge will enable you to go on to develop an understanding of pathophysiological processes and the fundamentals of pharmacology. You will be supported in your learning with extensive use of teaching strategies such as key-lectures, workbooks and e-learning.
  • Assessing needs and planning care in Adult Nursing - 60 credits
    This module will introduce you to the values, frameworks and skills that underpin adult nursing. The module focuses on different methods and frameworks engage in holistic assessment underpinned by evidence-based practice. The module is mapped against the NMC (2018) standards and prepares you to carry out fundamental nursing skills across the four fields of nursing, utilising a combination of teaching methods including simulated practice.
  • Communication for nursing - 20 credits
    The focus of this module is on interprofessional working to promote patient safety. Students need to learn how communication can influence practice as well as therapeutic relationships and how to assimilate theoretical knowledge into practice to improve patient safety. It will identify the need for a range of alternative communication techniques to effectively manage, maintain and promote safe care.
  • Introducing evidence based practice in adult nursing - 20 Credits
    This module introduces the nature of evidence in health and social care and the importance of evidence-based practice for patients and their families and their safety and quality of experience. You will develop skills in accessing evidence, gain familiarity with the library, including the use of electronic databases and learn how to use the University’s referencing system for their material. You will learn key terms relating to research and evidence-based practice and be introduced to an evidence-based practice model. The module also sets out the context for the conduct of health and social care research, including funding and ethical aspects.
  • Practice Placements Year 1
    You will have two placements.  These are designed to introduce you to professional work and to develop essential care and basic assessment skills, as well as to learn about infection control and safeguarding vulnerable people. These will be in a variety of health care settings. In addition to this, you will have experience in a simulated nursing environment.

Year 2

  • Providing care in Adult Nursing - 40 credits
    This module builds on students’ existing knowledge and skills and extends these for application to more complex scenarios in adult nursing. The module focuses on the collaborative planning and delivery of holistic care. The module is mapped against the NMC (2018) standards and prepares students to think more critically about and carry out more complex nursing skills in their field, as well as developing skills shared across the four fields of nursing. The module uses a combination of teaching methods including simulated practice.
  • Appraising evidence-based practice in adult nursing - 20 credits
    This module considers how research questions are generated from practice with application to adult nursing. The steps in conducting research and audit, and the main research methods in health and social care are explained and associated ethical aspects are discussed. Methods of analysing and presenting different types of research data are introduced. The rationale for appraising research is considered and critical appraisal tools are reviewed. The module equips you with the core skills and understanding to appraise evidence and assess its appropriateness to be implemented into practice. 
  • Applied physiology for Adult Nursing - 20 credits
    This module will extend and deepen students’ understanding of human physiology, which will then be applied to physiological changes that take place during disease processes. Knowledge of cell receptors and some receptor groups will be linked to physiological activity in different systems then linked to the effects of certain drugs and the changes they elicit within body systems.
  • Promoting health and preventing ill health - 20 credits
    This module introduces public health concepts and contemporary public health issues, the principles of which can then be applied at an individual and population level and within a local, national and global context. This module of study is aligned to the NMC Standard Platform 2, Promoting health and preventing ill health (NMC (2018) Future nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses).
  • Safe and effective practice - 20 credits
    This module aims for students to reflect on their professional identity and to develop an understanding of multidisciplinary roles within teams. It will advance students’ knowledge in relation to interprofessional working and the skills needed to work in diverse teams such as teamwork, work environment, stress and fatigue and reflective practice. The focus of the module is on collaborative team practice from a service user perspective. It will link professional practice to theory through experimental learning.
  • Mother and new-born - 0 credits
    This virtual learning module introduces the student to the nature of normal childbirth and neonatal care. It explores the concepts of antenatal care, childbirth and postnatal care and the role of the midwife in the delivery of woman centred care. Utilising a variety of on line resources, students will share knowledge gained with their peers on labour, infant feeding and maternal care. This module ensures compliance with European Union Directive 2005/36/EC.
  • Practice Placements Year 2
    Across year two there are three placements of varying lengths totalling 20 weeks and will include specialist settings, for example emergency care, intensive care, operating department, day surgery and a primary care setting and an acute care ward in a hospital setting. This will provide you with an opportunity to develop a range of skills across a range of areas.

Year 3

  • Implementing best practice - 20 credits
    The module brings together all the learning from the two previous years evidence based practice modules undertaken in years one and two. It involves the implementation of available research into practice. The module equips the potential graduate nurse with the core skills and understanding to be able to implement appropriate evidence, utilise and evaluate in practice. It helps the student to translate evidence into practice.
  • Enhancing and evaluating care in Adult Nursing - 40 credits
    The module develops students’ abilities to utilise clinical reasoning to respond to and manage unfamiliar and complex scenarios in adult nursing, to evaluate care that is provided and to develop the skills of other members of the team. The module is mapped against the NMC (2018) standards and prepares students to carry out fundamental nursing skills across the four fields of nursing utilising a combination of teaching methods including simulated practice.
  • Pharmacology and prescribing ready for Adult Nursing - 20 credits
    This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of pharmacology and medicines management with an emphasis on clinical application. It will explore and discuss the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics alongside the pharmacology of groups of drugs commonly used in clinical practice. It will consider and critically evaluate the role and responsibilities of the nurse in relation to the safe administration of medication and the principles of non-medical prescribing in clinical practice.
  • Complex and critical care of adults - 20 credits
    The module focuses on addressing the care needs of an adult patient who has complex care needs in line with the NMC (2018) adult field proficiencies. It will enable students to recognise, respond to and act upon their clinical findings of a patient who is deteriorating. Using a period of reflection both in and on action, students will be supported to consolidate their knowledge and skills in a range of clinical proficiencies to enable them to become a registered nurse. This will be achieved by using an enquiry based learning (EBL) approach. Facilitation will include lectures, simulation and eLearning activities.
  • Transition to leadership  - 20 credits
    This module will develop and build effective leadership skills in a complex and multidimensional health care setting. It will explore theoretical models of leadership, quality improvement and patient safety and provide an opportunity to explore how these concepts interrelate and impact on the delivery of care and prepare the students for their final clinical placement.
  • Practice Experience Year 3
    You will have three clinical placements in adult nursing, the final placement being twelve weeks when you will have the opportunity to consolidate your skills and prepare for being a qualified nurse.


On successful completion of the course you'll gain your BSc (hons) Adult Nursing, which means you can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You can then work as a registered nurse (adult) in medical and surgical wards or in specialist units such as A&E or intensive care. As your career progresses, you could become a district nurse, occupational health nurse, sexual health nurse or specialist nurse.

An adult nurse typically starts on a salary of £24,907, which can increase to £31,365-£104,927 in senior posts. (Take a look at our Prospects section for more detail).

As a graduate from this course, you can apply for further study at postgraduate level. Browse our online CPPD prospectus to find out what courses are on offer to help with your professional development.

Employability Service

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

You’ll spend 50% of your time in clinical practice in leading NHS Trusts, community placements, independent sector and voluntary sector organisations.

Your placements are your opportunity to put theory into practice by working with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to become a competent nurse.


Placements are spread over the three years. Students alternate between university and clinical placements.

When you start the course you will be allocated to a Host Trust for your placements. We partner with many leading Trusts such as:

  • Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust
  • University College London  Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Croydon Health Service NHS Trust
  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Whittington Health NHS Trust
  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trust
  • Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Year 1

You’ll undertake two placements of 7 weeks and 8 weeks in your first year in a range of health care environments. Typically each week is 37.5 hours in duration but you’ll be undertaking shift patterns and so some weeks might be slightly shorter and some a little longer. In addition, you’ll have access to our virtual learning environment. You'll receive Preparation for Practice prior to each practice learning opportunity and will meet with your personal tutor following each experience to reflect on your practice, review your practice learning and assessment portfolio and begin to plan your learning outcomes for the next practice experience. Assessment of practice is by completion of the Practice Assessment Document (Pan London).

Year 2

You will have three placements, which will cover a range of adult nursing, and alternative field placements. These will be two 6-week placements and an 8-week placement. Building on experience gained in your first year, you will begin to take on more responsibility, looking after one or two patients under supervision. You'll continue to have scheduled Preparation for Practice prior to each practice learning opportunity.

Year 3

Year three consists of three practice opportunities. You will have three clinical placements predominantly in adult nursing with the final placement being twelve weeks when you will have the opportunity to consolidate your skills and prepare for being a qualified nurse. You'll continue to have scheduled Preparation for Practice and your personal tutor will continue to meet with you on a one-to-one basis.

Supported by a mentor

Whilst in the clinical placement we will ensure you receive continuous support and guidance from a dedicated supervisor and practice learning teams made up of lecturers and practitioners.

Find out more about placements - read our nursing case studies.

The course leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Nursing and Midwifery Council logo

The Nursing and Midwifery Council regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands.


Adult Nursing skills laboratories

We have two adult nursing skills laboratories at our Southwark campus and three at our Havering campus. These labs are set up like nursing wards and are used by all student nurses and midwives throughout their courses. They learn manual handling and basic life support skills and skills that are specific to their field of nursing or midwifery.


The nursing wards have simulator mannequins: SimMan, SimBaby and SimMom. These life-size mannequins are computer controlled and can be programmed with various clinical conditions. These are operated by a computer in real-time and so respond to a student's actions. They also allow students to see the outcome of specific interventions in certain scenarios, which could make the patient better or deteriorate quite quickly.

The mannequins are used to teach students how to recognise clinical signs, and to also associate those clinical signs with the actions they are taking to care for the patient.  SimMan can be male or female with fully accurate anatomy and can breathe, blink, sweat, speak and groan in pain as well as have a pulse. Read more about SimMan.

Teaching and learning

Personal tutoring

As a Health and Social Care Student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor following every placement throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email. Personal tutors are also available via MS Teams and phone.


Entry requirements

  • A Level BBC/A*A* and 5 GCSEs including Maths and English at grade 4 or above (previously A*-C) or equivalent; or;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM and 5 GCSEs including Maths and English at grade 4 or above (previously A*-C) or equivalent; or;
  • Access to HE Diploma in Nursing or similar with 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits at Level 3 and 15 Credits at Level 2; and GCSEs Maths and English grade 4 or above (previously A*-C) or equivalent; or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points; and 5 GCSEs including Maths and English at grade 4 or above (previously A*-C) or equivalent.

Please make sure you have the required GCSE/equivalent Level 2 qualifications (or are working towards them) before applying for this course. Applicants who cannot present evidence of qualifications by 31st August 2022 will automatically be rejected.

English language

If your first language is not English you must have the following minimum International English Language Test Score (IELTS) results at the time of applying:

  • 7.0 overall or equivalent
  • 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
  • 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections.

Foundation Year

If you have been out of study for a considerable amount of time or have slightly missed the entry requirements this course, you can take your first steps to becoming a registered practitioner with our Health and Social Care Foundation year. Boost your qualifications and confidence for further study with this one-year introductory course and on completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry on to one of our 13 health BSc pre-registration health and social care degrees.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

Course status

  • Accreditation and Course validation status

    This course is validated by London South Bank University. Applications are being accepted.

How to apply

Home applicants

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3 years
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4 years
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Application method

Please send your application through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our institution code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

See our How to apply page for further details.

Choose your campus

On your UCAS application for an Adult Nursing course you will need to choose which LSBU campus you wish to study at: Southwark, Havering or Croydon.

LSBU is located in Elephant & Castle, the heart of London with access to everything the city has to offer. We are proud to partner 60+ NHS organisations across all five London NHS regions (and beyond). To study at our Southwark campus please put an S on your UCAS application.

Our Havering Campus is friendly, warm and welcoming and serves out NHS partners in Essex and East London. To study on Havering campus please put an H on your UCAS application.

LSBU Croydon is our new campus opening in September 2021 with a mission to transform lives and communities. With brand new state of the art facilities and placements across Croydon, we aim to help tackle the NHS shortage of nurses across the area. To study at LSBU Croydon please put a C on your UCAS application.

Personal statement

See our top tips for writing your personal statement.


As part of the selection process, you'll be expected to attend an interview on MS Teams. We'll invite you to book your interview by email.

You may not need to attend an interview if you can demonstrate within your UCAS application that you have:

  • A minimum of six months' experience in a clinical nursing environment, working under the supervision of a registered nurse at all times.
  • A reference from a senior registered nurse (Band 7/Practice Educator/non-NHS equivalent)

If you are shortlisted but do not satisfy the criteria above, then you will be required to attend an interview.

International applicants

If you’re an International student (non-EU national) the application process may involve further steps. Contact the International Office as soon as possible to discuss the admissions steps and the immigration requirements: or +44 (0) 20 7815 6189.


If you are unsuccessful in your application to LSBU for this year you cannot apply through UCAS Extra or Clearing. However you can apply for the following year.  It is important that you read the comments in the results statement so that you are prepared for any other interviews you may have.


Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Prepare to start

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.

The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email. You will receive the email during Summer 2023.

DBS update service

If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please bring in your original green DBS certificate for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at

How to complete your DBS

Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.

Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.

You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.

When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.

Frequently asked questions

My Social Work friends said they need to pay. Do I need to pay?

What do I need to declare on my DBS?

I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?

Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?

Who reviews my DBS?

When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?

Which address do I use?

I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?

I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?

Document check

Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you will need to produce three accepted documents from this list (PDF File 248 KB) to be verified.

Document check on campus

Document check at the Post Office

Occupational Health (OH)

An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.


Once you have enrolled, students will be asked to complete an occupational health check, the first part is completing an online questionnaire sent from our occupational health provider.

GP appointment

The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.

Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter (PDF File 126 KB)
GP Vaccination and Screening History (PDF File 117 KB)

Occupational Health appointment

After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.

The OH team have prepared this guide (PDF File 588 KB) which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to be double vaccinated?

My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?

What if I can’t make my OH appointment?

I’ve already registered with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit (DDS). Do I still need to tell the OH Nurse about my condition?

If I’ve declared a condition to the OH Nurse, do I need to register with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit as well?

Numeracy practice

Before starting your course, you may want to check or practice your numeracy skills. The National Numeracy Challenge is a free online tool that helps you learn, revise and quiz your essential numeracy skills. You’ll also be able to get a certificate to show your efforts.

Enrolment and Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.


Most placements and some practical sessions in our skills laboratories will require you to wear a uniform and name badge. You will be measured for uniforms specific to your course as part of your Welcome Week activities after enrolment. In the meantime, we have prepared answers to frequently asked questions that you might find useful.

Frequently asked questions

Do I get a uniform for when I go on placement?

Which uniforms will I receive?

How long do the uniforms need to last?

How do I know what size I am?

Am I able to request a longer tunic?

Can I use a preferred name or a nickname on my name badge?

What do I do if I lose or damage my name badge?

Can I order more uniforms?

Can I try on my uniforms?

What do I do with my uniform after I complete my studies?

Practice placements

Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.


Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.


BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (FT) - Year 1 FT Croydon SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
UK fee: £9250International fee: £25400
AOS/LSBU code: 5435Session code: 1FC00
Total course fee:
UK £27750
International £76200

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (FT) - Year 1 FT Havering Essex SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
UK fee: £9250International fee: £25400
AOS/LSBU code: 5435Session code: 1FE00
Total course fee:
UK £27750
International £76200

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (FT) - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
UK fee: £9250International fee: £25400
AOS/LSBU code: 5435Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK £27750
International £76200

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.


We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 391 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.