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Specialist Practice - District Nursing MSc

Specialist Practice - District Nursing MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

District Nursing

Course type


Course Summary

Course outline

The MSc Specialist Practice Programme includes awards in Community Nursing in the Home, District Nursing and Community Mental Health Nursing. This award supports progression to specialist practice level in the chosen route and is an NMC recordable qualification.

An experienced award leader organizes and monitors each award. The aim of the awards is to provide and support opportunities that enable students to develop in-depth specialist knowledge and skills about their particular chosen route, demonstrating they have appropriate attitudes to carry out the professional role required by a Specialist Practitioner.

The carefully selected range of modules mean that students will be exposed to a range of opportunities enabling them to become critical reflectors; able to analyse and evaluate theory and practice from an evidence base; identify need; instigate, lead and manage change in complex and demanding clinical and community settings. In addition students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the impact of local and national policy within their clinical environment and in health and health care generally.

A variety of teaching and learning methods are incorporated into the modules and assessment strategies are planned to ensure that theoretical concepts are linked to practice.

Practice based learning is supported by a Practice Teacher or mentor identified by the sponsoring Trust who works in collaboration with the academic team and has a key role in facilitating practice opportunities, providing support, supervision and guidance in clinical practice to ensure the award outcomes for practice are met.

Course content

The award has a flexible structure, comprising 50 percent theory and 50 percent practice; both components are equally weighted for assessment purposes. There is a strong focus throughout the awards to ensure the integration of theory and practice.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date



Leadership - Core
Health Promotion and Research - Core
Nurse Prescribing - Core
Professional Practice - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Professional registration on NMC Register, two years post qualification experience and support from seconding PCT. Applicants would also generally have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in a related subject.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University offers many different postgraduate courses across a wide range of different subject areas and study options. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education located in Stafford and Shrewsbury. Students can study Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters, PGCE or PhDs at the University, and these...more