The government will be providing a non-repayable payment of £5,000 to eligible healthcare students, for each academic year who start their course from September 2020.  

Read more about the bursary


We have very close relations with our UEA Careers Service, which in itself offers students a wide range of resources and sessions/events to enhance employability. Students have access to the Employability Development Fund which has been developed to enable eligible students to apply for a fund of up to £500 to help with the costs of undertaking a work experience opportunity or other activity to enhance their employability. It may be that the opportunity is unpaid, or there are additional costs such as that of travel or accommodation, which might otherwise prevent the experience from going ahead. 

The UEA Award offers students the opportunity to achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold award for fulfilling employability related activities. Working in conjunction with the UEA Award, as a school we have developed the Employability Development Portfolio – which is an evidence-based tool for students to use throughout their studies to provide evidence for, and to support, employability development. 

We continue to develop the employability initiatives that are on offer to our students to adapt to the changing landscape within health and social care. The emphasis is very much on students developing their employability throughout their studies to maximise their employability potential and employment options upon graduation. 


The following awards are determined by the Boards of Examiners at the end of the academic year: 

Dissertation Prize 

Awarded to students on the MSc Occupational Therapy and MSc Physiotherapy courses for the highest mark for the final year dissertation.

*Best Overall Academic Performance (Pre-registration) 

An annual prize of £100 awarded for the best overall academic performance in the following listed courses: 

  • Dip HE in Operating Department Practice 
  • Dip HE Paramedic Science HSC School Prize 
  • BSc Hons Midwifery 
  • BSc Hons Nursing Adult  
  • BSc Hons Nursing Child 
  • BSc Hons Nursing Learning Disabilities  
  • BSc Hons Nursing Mental Health  
  • BSc Hons Occupational Therapy 
  • BSc Hons Paramedic Science 
  • BSc Hons Physiotherapy 
  • BSc Hons Speech and Language Therapy 
  • Degree Apprenticeship in Adult Nursing 
  • Degree Apprenticeship in Occupational Therapy 
  • Foundation Degree in Health Studies (Nursing Associate Apprenticeship) 

Best Overall Academic Performance (Masters Pre-registration) 

An annual prize of £50 awarded for the highest dissertation mark in the following listed courses: 

  • MSc Physiotherapy  
  • MSc Occupational Therapy  
  • MSc Adult Nursing  

Best Overall Academic Performance (Post-Registration)  

An annual prize of £100 awarded for the Best Overall Academic Performance according to the final mark in all modules, in the following Post-Registration courses: 

  • BSc Hons Nursing Practice 
  • BSc Hons Acute Critical and Emergency Care 
  • BA Hons Leading Innovation for Clinical Practitioners 

If in any year no candidate is judged to be of sufficient merit for a particular prize, the prize shall not be awarded. If two candidates for a prize are judged to be of equal merit, that prize may be divided. 

Best Overall Academic Performance (Postgraduate Taught)  

An annual prize of £100 awarded for the Best Overall Academic Performance in the following listed courses: 

  • MSc Advanced Practitioner 
  • MSc in Advanced Professional Practice 


Here, some of our previous winners share what they are now up to and what winning meant to them.


Join us tomorrow on our virtual open day

Work experience during COVID Work experience during COVID

This is a difficult time to try and gain relevant experience in healthcare. The NHS is focusing on dealing with the pandemic, outreach programs have been put on hold, and most paid employment opportunities have been stopped too. In these circumstances, first time applicants to Nursing, Midwifery and the Allied Health Professions will all be in the same situation. All schools that teach the Health professions are aware that the opportunities open to you have been affected and will take this into account. Consequently, all schools of Health will have to adapt their expectations to the situation applicants find themselves in.

So, what can you do about this? Read the document below for answers to this and other concerning questions regarding work experience during the current pandemic.

HSC Applicant Advice


Watch our new video which outlines all the positive steps we are taking to ensure you have a rewarding experience at UEA when you join us this year.

A passionate and vibrant community A passionate and vibrant community

We are a passionate and vibrant community of staff and students with a shared desire to improve lives in an ever-changing health environment. 

We provide a stimulating and supportive learning environment, covering an extensive portfolio of accredited courses from undergraduate, postgraduate, apprenticeships and continuing professional development, spanning nursing, midwifery, operating department practice, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and paramedic science. We are 14th in the Complete University Guide University League Table 2019, whilst our Physiotherapy provision is ranked 4th in the UK, and our Nursing and midwifery provision is 5th in the Complete University Guide Subject Tables 2019.  

Our high quality innovative teaching is supported by our close working relationships with our clinical partners and placement providers ensuring learning is current, stimulating and enables students to learn in health care settings with the latest technologies. 

Students will benefit from hands on multi-sensory simulation exercises in our immersive classroom, discover how to operate mobility aids and therapy equipment in our Norwich Electronic Assistive Technology Centre – our unique interactive ‘domestic bungalow’ dedicated to assistive technology.  

Our courses are informed by our world-class research which is focused on addressing the global health challenges of the 21st century. The UK 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rated 91% of our research in Nursing and Allied Health professions as internationally excellent or world leading. 

We are an approved provider of the End Point Assessment (EPA) for the following programmes:

  • Registered Nurse – Degree (NMC 2010) Apprenticeship Standard ST0293/AP01.  We cater for all four fields of Nursing, Adult, Children’s, Learning Disability and Mental Health
  • Nurse Associate (NMC 2018) Standard ST0827

Further information - UEA EPA

Celebrate. Unite. Demonstrate. Celebrate. Unite. Demonstrate.

Throughout May 2020, we highlighted the different specialisms within Health Sciences. Check out the links below to see the fantastic work our students and staff have been doing!

Week 1: Midwifery & ODP

Week 2: Nursing

Week 3: Occupational Therapy & Paramedic Science

Week 4: Speech & Language and Physiotherapy