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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (MSc/PgDip)

1 year (PgDip) (Full-time) / 2 years (PgDip), 3 years (after completion of PgDip) (MSc) (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

Please note: The School Nurse route is not available for entry at present. The Health Visitor route is still available and places remain for September 2014.

Course Aims

This programme is designed to prepare nurses and midwives to become Specialist Community Public Health Nurses.

The programme will lead to the professional award of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (health visitor) or Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (school nurse) with subsequent registration on the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.

Only by completing the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) programme will practitioners be eligible to have their names recorded on the third part of the NMC register.

Special Features

Course Description

Part 1 - Taught Component (PgDip):

The taught component of the programme is divided into four modules that are credit rated and one module which is zero credit rated. Each taught module offers 30 credits and all must be successfully completed in order for students to have their name included on the third part of the Professional Register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. The programme offers an optional dissertation for those who wish to move to MSc level (Part 2).

The modules are:

Modes of Study:

Full-time: The PgDip full-time route consists of the student undertaking five modules over a 45 week period, then have a period of consolidation (which takes you up to 52 weeks). Each module is credit rated at M level and all five modules are compulsory.

Part-time: Students undertaking the part-time route would complete Module 1 and Module 3 in the first year, and then complete Module 2, Module 4 and Module 5 in the second year. The course will then finish in September of year two.

Note: A clinical practice element will account for 50% of the taught programme, which is in accordance with NMC (2004) regulations. Students are required to pass assessment in both their clinical and theoretical work in order to achieve their qualification as a specialist community public health nurse. Each student will be allocated a practice teacher (PT) who will take accountability and responsibility for assessing the student's clinical progress, which is evidenced through a clinical portfolio.

Students who complete the programme successfully will be awarded a PgDip in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and may proceed to Part 2 to obtain a Masters Degree in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.

Part 2 - Dissertation (MSc):

The programme offers an optional dissertation for those who wish to move to Masters level. The MSc in SCPHN is optional and self funded. The dissertation comprises of the completion of a 20,000 word dissertation. (Students have three years following completion of the PgDip to submit the dissertation).

Entry Requirements

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below

Next intake: September 2014

School Contact

Name: Ms Lorraine Joomun  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2091 7819 



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Funding Available

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