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.

Being on placement is one of my favourite parts of the course. Whilst on placement I feel really well supported both by the academic staff at the University and my mentor.

Samantha Treloar, Postgraduate student in the School of Nursing and Midwifery

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.

Samantha Treloar, postgraduate student in the School of Nursing and MidwiferyCore modules

  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Methods of Inquiry

Course content

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.

Assessment

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.

Course duration

2 years full-time


Entry requirements

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.

Entry requirements for international students

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Fees and funding

This course is funded by the NHS.

For details of funding available please visit the NHS funding website.

Apply now

Apply online through:

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Mac Macintosh
E: m.j.macintosh@sheffield.ac.uk
T: 0114 222 2054

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.