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MSc Community Public Health Nursing (top-up)

MSc Community Public Health Nursing (top-up)

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Nursing Health Promotion Environmental Health (General) Community Medicine

Course type


Course Summary

If you want the opportunity to make best use your healthcare training by positively influencing your career prospects and improving service delivery in practice, top-up your PgDip SCPHN to an MSc Community Public Health Nursing from the University of Bolton.

Course Details

If you’ve already successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting), you can build up to an MSc qualification by completing a 60 credit dissertation module at the University of Bolton. You’ll explore the ethical principles, values and moral concepts in health and social care, and choose a specific topic to research in depth for your dissertation, with the aim of developing both your theoretical knowledge and practical abilities.

During the programme you’ll be guided in making links between research, theory and practice, and have opportunities to use and enhance your skills in critical analysis, decision making, service delivery and leadership. You’ll be expected to use your discretion and judgement effectively, deal with complex issues systematically and creatively, and communicate your conclusions clearly. Throughout this course you’ll have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of professional practice and improve your skills in the workplace.

Course Highlights:

  • This programme will give you the opportunity to advance your professional development by building skills and awareness in a health and social care discipline of your choice.
  • The MSc Community Public Health Nursing Top-up can be completed around your day-to-day role with the support of an academic supervisor.
  • On successful completion of this course you will be awarded an MSc in Community Public Health Nursing.

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of your studies, you’ll be able to synthesise practice and theory, in decision-making within practice, service delivery and leadership and demonstrate competence, autonomy and professional accountability in the development of higher level skills. You should be able to enhance service delivery and outcomes for service users and/or the community.

The course aims to develop professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base for community nursing care. It will develop problem-solving skills and prepare you to take a leadership role in the community context.

What Can I Do With This Qualification?

The context of public health practice, both within and outside of the NHS, is constantly changing and opportunities for career development and innovative approaches to service provision exist. The course can support your progression towards becoming a nursing leader for the future. Many graduates go on to or continue to work within the NHS.

The knowledge and skills that you’ll have achieved on successful completion of this course can be applied to a wide range of community nursing or public health roles in various settings, such as NHS Clinical Nurse Manager, Practice Education Facilitator or Manager of a Care Home. You could consider careers in advanced clinical practice, public health practice or government.

You’ll also be able to consider further postgraduate study in research. Research students can become engaged in a range of research projects that focus on advancing nursing knowledge, skills and expertise as well as improving health outcomes for patients and families.


This module provides an opportunity for the student to undertake a substantial piece of independent inquiry in one area of Health and Social Care. The intention is to allow a thorough analysis and synthesis of theory and practice in order to generate new understandings and new knowledge in relation to health and social care. This piece of work will require either the empirical collection of data or a library based dissertation.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

The full time tuition fees for 2022/23 entry is £12,950 per year. It’s a guide for part time students

Entry requirements

You must have already successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting). You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

University information

The University of Bolton has a long history of providing high-quality education in the northwest of England. Founded in 1825, today it offers students a contemporary campus just a short distance from the town centre. Home to 11,000 students, the University of Bolton is ranked number one in the North West for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021). Postgraduate study is a challenging, exhilarating and rewarding advancement,...more