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Full time | Manchester Campus | 40 weeks | SEP

Study mode

Full time


40 weeks

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Community Medicine Community Nursing

Course type


Course Summary


Our 40-week, full-time course gives you the opportunity to gain a specialist practitioner qualification in District Nursing (CSPDN).

It’s designed for nurses registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and with active registration on specific parts of the register for the pathway you’d like to study, either District Nursing or General Practice Nursing.

When you’re at university you will study some units as a whole group, with core topics including leadership theory and the influence of local government on the health of individuals, communities and populations.

On this course, you will spend half of your time on placements, and so you’ll need to have a supported practice placement (most of our students are sponsored or seconded from an NHS Trust).


As a graduate, you’ll be able to apply for a specialist practitioner role in the field of practice you studied on this course. You’ll usually work in a variety of settings, including people’s homes, GP surgeries, community clinics, and residential centres.


Specialist Practice in General Practice Nursing (Level 7) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Full-time fee: £693 per 10 credits per year.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants for PgDip will normally have a first degree in a relevant subject, with a minimum of a 2:2 classification and demonstrate the ability to study independently at level 7. Additionally, all applicants will have completed a period of experience of sufficient length to have consolidated preregistration outcomes and to have gained a deeper understanding in relevant professional practice. You must be supported in practice for the duration of the course by an appropriately qualified Sign-off Mentor or Practice Teacher. You must also meet the NMC specific entry requirements for the Specialist Practitioner Qualification.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at Manchester Met. In total, the University offers more than 250 postgraduate taught programmes and dozens of postgraduate research areas. The campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy Manchester, a city world-renowned...more

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