Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Studies (leading to 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.

We all put our trust in the healthcare professionals who take care of us and our loved ones. Those professionals trust Sheffield to deliver the kind of training they need.

Because we work so closely with our partners in health and social care, you can be confident that a postgraduate course here will make a positive difference to your working life.

All our courses are research-led, shaped by local, national and international policy. They’re designed to be flexible, to meet your needs.

About the course

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.

Course content

Your learning will be 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 will help 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'll be assessed on both practice and theory. In practice, you'll need to achieve a number of competencies by the end of each unit, assessed by your clinical mentor.

Written assignments, case studies, poster presentations and exams are used to assess your theoretical knowledge.

Apply now at ucas.com

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



Key facts

Course duration

2 years full-time no fee (NHS-funded)

Entry requirements

You'll need a 2:2 degree in a relevant area (for instance, social sciences, human sciences, biomedical sciences, public services) and GCSE Mathematics, English and Science.

You'll also need to show that you have 650 hours of health care experience.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

This course is funded by the NHS.

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

The world needs healthcare professionals

And we’re dedicated to educating them.

We have strong links with other health departments at the University, including the School for Health and Related Research (ScHARR), the Department of Sociological Studies, the Medical School and the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth.

The school is close to the central University campus, opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. You'll be at the heart of student life with West Street, Broomhill, and the best students' union in the country on your doorstep.

We teach the skills that matter

Because we work closely with our partners in health and social care, your course will equip you with the skills employers are looking for. All our courses are research-led, shaped by local, national and international policy. They’re designed to be flexible, to meet the demands of a rapidly changing work environment.

We teach the skills you need to establish research and education initiatives in health and social care wherever in the world you are needed. Through our partnerships with other organisations, you’ll get the chance to network and make useful contacts.

Apply now

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Any questions?

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

Dr Mark Limb
E: m.k.limb@sheffield.ac.uk
T: 0114 222 2051