Interested in Nursing? QUB offer an extensive range of nursing courses, whether it be initial training courses, or those to further your development, such as shortened speciality courses for those already qualified. Initially you may apply for the diploma programme, which can then be topped up to a degree, or you can choose to take that on at a later date. You can decide to top up to the degree at the start of the third year of training. Whether you will be advised to continue with the degree will be based on how your tutors feel that you are getting on. I have found that many people have opted out of the degree, and will take it on at a later date. At the moment, it consists of 18 months common foundation programme (CFP), and 18 months chosen branch (adult, children, mental health, learning disabilities), but this will sooon change, leaving CFP to 1 year, and branch 2 years. They promise that this will include many more placements, of greater length. At the moment, placement lengths are generally 4 weeks long, but ultimately depends on the area. For example, Midwifery placements are near impossible to get. They are beginning to offer great programmes such as working alongside medical students, and much research has gone into this project. The first batch of students has gone through, and it has been a reasonable success, one which all involved are hoping to build on. QUB student nurses are given a bursary of £400 a month, but the RCN student community are attempting to get this sum raised to a decent level. Those who have children, are single parents etc, will also be offered further money. This is means tested, but aims to increase recruitment to nursing. All fees are paid, and the staff and lecturers are all very good, willing to help, and listen if you have any problems. It is a great place to do nursing!