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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)

The Specialist Community Public Health Nursing programme will be re-validated for the next academic year 2016/17 and information currently displayed is subject to change. For further information on programme content please contact the Programme Manager.

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) 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).

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).

Programme Commencement

Induction Day: Monday 12 September 2016

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 2016/2017 for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing is the end of March 2016. 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 2016

School Contact

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

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7538 



School Website:

School Contact

Name: Michelle Moseley (for course related enquiries)  

Telephone: +44 (029) 2091 7821 



School Website:

School Contact

Name: Ms Lorraine Joomun (Co-Programme Manager) 

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2091 7819 



More information

Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.


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