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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)

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

  • Candidates must be registered on either parts one or two of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register. Candidates can enter the programme either with a diploma (120 credits at level 2) or with a degree

    Adult, children, mental health or learning disability nurses as well as practitioners who qualified as midwives via the three year direct entry route can undertake the programme and become health visitors.

    Applicants whose first language is not English or Welsh are required to provide proof of their proficiency in the English or Welsh language. They must satisfy the English and Welsh Language requirements for entry to the university by attainment of a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS no more than 3 years before the proposed date of entry.

    A Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check will be undertaken on prospective students and this must be deemed satisfactory before admission to the programme.

    Please contact the School for further details.

    How to Apply

    Applications should be made via the Cardiff University online application service.

    For details on the application deadline, please contact the School.

    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:

    • 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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