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
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.
The course is 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent practice, based on four core units of study:
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.
You'll need a 2:2 degree in a relevant area such as 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.
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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