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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing PGDip and MSc

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Subject area: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
Study mode

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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Study location

Brunel University London campus


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.

At the end of the PG Diploma in SCPHN, successful students will have the option to apply to complete the MSc qualification by registering for a dissertation module for an additional fee.

Literacy and Numeracy Tests

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.
Health Visitors and School Nurses cannot apply directly to the university and must apply through NHS jobs


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

Compulsory Modules - all programmes:

  • Developing Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice
  • Health Promotion and Public Health Leadership
  • Approaches to Research
  • Consolidated Practice
  • Mental Health and well being
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules - all programmes:

  • Nursing Prescribing

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.


Careers and your future

In 2015/16, six months after graduating:
100% of our graduates annually secure employment in their chosen specialist field
(Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2015/16)

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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Entry criteria 2019/20

  • 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, one 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)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

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

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry


  • Health Visiting: full time TBC / part-time TBC
  • Occupational Health Nursing: £6,070 full-time, £3,035 part-time
  • School Nursing: full time TBC / part-time TBC


  • Health Visiting: £12,480 full-time
  • Occupational Health Nursing: £12,480 full-time, £6,240 part-time
  • School Nursing: £12,480 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.

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

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).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International and postgraduate fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about postgraduate student funding options.