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Public Health (District Nursing, Health Visiting or School Nursing) MSc/PGDip/BSc (Hons)/GDip

Public Health (District Nursing, Health Visiting or School Nursing) MSc/PGDip/BSc (Hons)/GDip

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

District Nursing Health Visiting School Nursing Problem Awareness / Counselling (For Teachers) Health Promotion

Course type


Course Summary

Key information

You will combine the latest research and theory with practical work-based learning on these programmes for qualified nurses and midwives. You will learn with expert practitioners and researchers who are leaders in community-based healthcare, enhancing your career and enabling you to contribute to research in the field.

Course overview

Benefits of this course

You will cover a wide range of areas that influence community-based healthcare, including:

  • public health policy, practice, care delivery and service development
  • the social and cultural perspectives of public health, health and disease
  • the role of multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working in relation to public health practice
  • essential skills and knowledge to practise autonomously and organise and appraise practice and learning
  • competency to prescribe from the community practitioner formulary for nurse prescribers.

Who is this course for?

If you are a qualified nurse or midwife and want to develop your career along a specialist community practitioner route, these programmes will give you the skills and knowledge you need.

You will back up your commitment to prevention and health promotion with the latest research and evidence-based practice and gain a professionally recognised academic qualification of BSc (Hons), Graduate Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma, the last of which can lead to an MSc.


Depending on which practitioner route you follow, on successful completion of this programme, you will be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Practice District Nurse, or to register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse if you want to become a health visitor or school nurse.

As your career progresses, you could consider roles such as:

  • practice teachers
  • community matrons
  • nurse consultants
  • Managers
  • professional organisation officers
  • institution lecturers
  • specialist roles within district nursing/health visiting/school nursing.


This module aims to further develop the leadership and management competencies of qualified health and social care professionals. You will critically analyse the principles of project management and the theories that explain the leadership phenomenon.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This course is not suitable for students who are not eligible to work in the UK.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply to join the District Nursing part of this programme, you will have completed a period of experience of sufficient length to have consolidated pre-registration outcomes and to have gained a deeper understanding in relevant professional practice. You should have an undergraduate degree in a health or allied subject with either a first or upper second classification. You are required to present evidence of study in the past five years at HE level six or above.

University information

City, University of London is a leading UK institution, offering an innovative programme of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses which uphold the university’s commitment to enhance people’s lives through education. City is a research-driven university and has around 21,000 enrolled students, of which 45% are studying postgraduate qualifications. The university community is a diverse and international population home to students from...more

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