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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing PGDip and MSc

Subject area: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Open Evening
Mode of study

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)

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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing PGDip and MSc


Please note the application deadline for this course is Friday 25th August 2017. Any applications after this date will be considered on an individual basis, subject to course vacancies.

Student Health Visitor opportunities:

London North West Healthcare NHS Trust is offering sponsorship opportunities to undertake the Specialist Community Practitioner programme leading to a qualification in Public Health Nursing - Health Visiting. This offer is for the academic year of 2017-2018.   This sponsorship opportunity is subject to funding being made available from Health Education North West London Local Education Training Board. Recruitment process is undertaken jointly with Brunel University applications will only be required if you are offered a SCPHN HV Sponsorship placement.

 Interviews will take place in the week of 23rd January 2017.

Please see NHS jobs for further information  

About the course

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.

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.

Brunel also offers some modules from this programme as a CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development). To find out more and to apply, please click here.

Literacy and Numeracy Tests

Literacy and Numeracy tests as part of the centralised application process for Health Visiting and School Nursing applicants are being held on the following date and time:

8th June 2016 10am to 12pm

Candidates will be notified of further arrangements.

To gain sponsorship for the Health Visiting and School Nurse pathways most Trusts will require a numeracy and literacy assessment undertaken at a participating university. Click here for further information and to book your place.

If you are considering studying Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at Brunel University London then you are committed to working jointly with the NHS to demonstrate the values and beliefs of the constitution.

NHS values
Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS.

Values and Contributions



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.

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SCPHN Course Administrator
College of Health and Life Sciences
Brunel University London

Email communityhealth@brunel.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)01895 268833
Web Community Health Nursing / Health Studies

Course Content

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

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Special Features

You will spend half of the course on work placement in a specialist practice of your choice. You will also undertake a combination of compulsory and professionally-specific modules, the latter of which you undertake during the practice-based component of the course



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.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2017/18 entry


  • 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

An additional 60 credit module fee is charged for the dissertation for the award of MSc.

Overseas students who are funded by the NHS will be charged the NHS fee. Fees should be available early summer, however this fee is paid by NHS London. Self funded overseas students will be charged the displayed fee.

Additional course related costs

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • Qualified nurse/midwife with active registration on part one or part two of the NMC Nursing Register.
  • Ideally a first degree or a minimum of a diploma of higher education, plus evidence of recent study that demonstrates the applicant’s readiness to study at postgraduate level.
  • Two satisfactory references of which one should be an academic reference.
  • All applicants are required to be interviewed to ascertain their academic and professional readiness to undertake postgraduate study.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.