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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

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) 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. 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).

Modes of Study

Full-time: The PgDip full-time route consists of the student undertaking four 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 four 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 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 Master's Degree in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.

Part 2 - Dissertation (MSc)

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

Programme Commencement

Induction Day: to be confirmed.

Entry Requirements

Please contact the School for further details.

How to Apply

Applications should be made via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.

The optimal date for applications for 2017/18 for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing is the end of March 2017. Your application will be considered after this date but it may be for a later intake.

Tuition Fees

Funding is available for Nurses and Midwives employed by the NHS in Wales. Self-funded students should contact the school for tuition fee information.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time n/a n/a
Part-time PgDip: TBC

Post-Diploma: £1,694

Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.
Notes Self-paying students: please contact the School for the fee.

Tuition fees for PgDip to be confirmed shortly.

Next intake: September 2017

School Contact

Name: Healthcare Sciences Admissions Team (contact for admissions related enquiries)  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7538 



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School Contact

Name: Michelle Moseley (for course related enquiries)  

Telephone: +44 (029) 2091 7821 



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