Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, MSc/PGDip

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #401 (ARWU) ,
This postgraduate diploma aims to develop specialist practitioners who are competent to practise and able to influence and facilitate change within the community nursing environment. It enables nurses to qualify as community specialist practitioners able to influence and facilitate change within the community environment.


Current government policy recognises the need for specialist practitioner nurses who are prepared to take on leadership and management roles, develop research skills and be innovative and creative in practice.

The following specialisms are available:

  • Health Visiting: Develops skills in the promotion of health and the prevention of ill health at the individual, group and community level.
  • Occupational Health Nursing: Develops skills in the provision of healthcare in the workplace.
  • School Nursing: Develops practitioners able to lead a school nursing team and plan quality health care for school children and their families.


In the field of post registration community nursing, over 95% of practitioners qualify through the University and obtain employment within their chosen field.

Work Placements

Fifty per cent of the course involves supervised work placements within the chosen area of specialist practice. You will be allocated an experienced practice teacher who provides support and undertakes assessment in practice. Strong links have been forged between the University, practice teachers, managers and purchasers to ensure a quality programme.

Programme Structure

Compulsory Modules - all programmes:

  • Mental Health and well being

Optional Modules - all programmes:

  • Nursing Prescribing

Compulsory Modules - all programmes:

  • Developing Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice
  • Health Promotion and Public Health Leadership
  • Approaches to Research
  • Consolidated Practice
  • Dissertation

Occupational Health Nursing Programmes:

  • Managing Professional Perspective in SCPHN-OHN

School Nursing Programmes:

  • Managing Professional Perspective in SCPHN-SN

Health Visiting Programmes:

  • Managing Professional Perspective in SCPHN-HV

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      PGDip: 52 weeks full-time or 104 weeks part-time (September); MSc: Additional Dissertation project 6 months full-time or 12 months part-time (January, March or September registration)

  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Qualified nurse with active registration on the NMC Nursing Register in the UK.
A Nursing Diploma of Higher Education or the equivalent of 120 level 3 credits will be considered with nursing experience.
Health Visiting and School Nursing applicants should have active registration on the NMC Register in the UK.
All applicants are required to be interviewed to ascertain their professional readiness to undertake the programme.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)

  • Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)

  • BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    8730 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8730 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • Health Visiting: £8,730 full time, £4,365 part-time
  • Occupational Health Nursing: £5,511 full-time, £2,755 part-time
  • School Nursing: £8,730 full time, £4,365 part-time


  • Health Visiting: £17,200 full-time
  • Occupational Health Nursing: £11,352 full-time, £5,676 part-time
  • School Nursing: £17,200 full-time

Living costs for London

684 - 830 GBP/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Students are normally sponsored by a local NHS Trust except for those taking the Occupational Health Nursing pathway who will either gain sponsorship from their employer or be self-funding.

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