Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Studies (leading to a professional registration as an Adult Nurse)
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health
We provide you with the skills employers are looking for so you can move forward with your career.
About the course
Course description 2017
Our approach to teaching is innovative. Instead of sitting in a lecture theatre, you’ll work on solutions to specific problems. This helps you develop the skills and the confidence you need. You’ll study alongside other health care professionals in a health care setting.
You’ll learn how to critically evaluate current research, policies and practice. By linking theory to practice, you’ll develop a range of clinical skills and knowledge appropriate for professional registration as an adult nurse.
- Evidence-Based Practice
- Methods of Inquiry
The course is 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice, based on four core units of study:
- Foundations in Health and Nursing
- Patients with Acute and Short-Term Needs
- Patients with Long-Term Conditions and Complex Needs
- Transitions to Practice: managing and organising care
Teaching and learning
This course uses an innovative problem- based learning strategy to help you think about real clinical practice scenarios. A strong emphasis on cooperative learning helps you manage unfamiliar situations, make reasoned decisions, adapt to change, and plan your future learning. It’s a realistic and challenging preparation for registration.
You’re assessed on theory and practice. In practice, you’ll need to achieve a number of competencies by the end of each unit, assessed by your clinical mentor. Your theoretical knowledge is assessed by written assignments, case studies, poster presentations and exams.
2 years full-time
The course is suitable for registered health care professionals with experience of practice. The usual entry requirement is a first degree but if you can show you’ve completed some other type of degree-level study we’ll consider your application.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
This course is funded by the NHS.
For details of funding available please visit the NHS funding website.
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