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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing PGDip

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Mode of study

52 weeks full-time

104 weeks part-time


Home £11,000 (full-time) / £5,500 (part-time)
EU £15,740 (full-time)
International £15,740 (full-time) / £7,870 (part-time, Occupational Health Nursing only)

Entry requirements

A first degree or a minimum of a Diploma of Higher Education.

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Do you have a first degree and are ready to study at postgraduate level? Are you a qualified nurse or midwife and looking for your next career step? Perhaps you would like to progress into a leadership or management role.

This course enables you to specialise in one of three areas and on successful completion of the course you’ll be a qualified Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in your chosen area. Our course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), granting a license to practice, so you’ll be eligible to apply for specialist community public health nurse posts within your specialism.

You’ll be at the forefront of specialist nursing and be able to influence and facilitate change within the community environment.

Once you have successfully completed the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing PG Diploma at Brunel, you’ll have the option to apply to complete the MSc qualification by registering for a dissertation module for an additional fee.

On the PGDip programme you’ll follow one of our three specialist pathways:

Health Visiting

You’ll learn to promote health and the prevention of ill health in a proactive and innovative way. This can be applied to individual, group and community levels within the context of national and international considerations.

Occupational Health Nursing

This course covers health and safety at work, risk assessment, management of occupational disease and the promotion of physical and psychological health among the workforce.

School Nursing

This course will prepare you to lead a school nursing team of variable skill mix, to promote school health and meet the health-related needs of children and adolescents at school and their families and carers.

Brunel University London 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.

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

All incoming health and social care students must be double vaccinated against Covid-19 before the start of the course. More information can be found on the Immunisation Checking web page. ***Please note Brunel is aware that the mandatory vaccine policy is under Ministerial review and we will add an update here in due course.***

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Course content

You’ll benefit from a course designed to combine your professional education with academic excellence. You’ll continue to gain valuable work experience while you study, as half of your time will be spent on supervised practice placements. You’ll also undertake a combination of compulsory and professionally-specific modules, the latter will be during the practice-based component of the course.

Please note, you'll only study the 'Managing Professional Perspectives in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing' module that relates to your chosen pathway. 

This course can be studied 52 weeks full-time or 104 weeks part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

The NHS values are at the core of everything we do; working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts. We have great links with the local NHS and Community Trust, as well as organisations employing Occupational Health Nurses.

Half of your time will be spent on supervised practice placements within your chosen SCPHN field of practice. Our London location is ideal for access to a wide variety of fieldwork placements, so you’ll add exceptional clinical placement experiences to your CV.

Angela Davy - SCPHN Programme Lead

If you are seeking to progress into a leadership role in community nursing, the SCPHN programme we’ll enable you to achieve these ambitions.

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UK entry requirements

Qualified nurse/midwife with active registration on part one, or part two of the NMC Nursing Register (NMC PIN number should be provided within the application) with:

  • 2.2 or above in a Nursing Degree


  • A Nursing Diploma of Higher Education or the equivalent of 120 level 3 credits will be considered with nursing experience.

Two satisfactory references, one of which one should be an employment reference.

All applicants are required to be interviewed to ascertain their academic and professional readiness to undertake postgraduate study.

Please note: Students will be required to complete certain professional course requirements, this includes completion of a Criminal Conviction Disclaimer, an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application and a Pre Course Occupational Health Questionnaire. The application process, costs and more information about these requirements can be found here: Professional course requirements | Brunel University London

For further guidance please email

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Fees and funding

2024/25 entry


£11,000 full-time

£5,500 part-time


£15,740 full-time

£7,870 part-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.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Scholarships and bursaries

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

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Assessment and feedback

You’ll be assessed through a range of project work, assignments, examinations and practice experience.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.