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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health) PgDip

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health) PgDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Occupational Health Environmental Health (General) Community Medicine Health Promotion Nursing

Course type


Course Summary

This course will enhance the education and training of First Level Nurses wishing to gain a Specialist Practitioner qualification and enable you to contribute to these initiatives. Occupational health services provided at the workplace address the health care needs of working populations and this has been identified as an important component of the current public health strategy. Our GradDip creates practitioners who will lead and respond to new challenges in providing workplace healthcare and will provide practitioners who will emerge as key figures involved in delivering high quality occupational health services to the working population. This programm is accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). For UK practitioners, you will obtain both an academic qualification and a professional qualification in Occupational Health and be entered on to the 3rd part of the NMC register. On completion students will emerge as a key figure involved in delivering high quality occupational health services to the working population. After exiting from our course you will work independently or as part of a larger multi-professional team and be at the frontline in helping to protect and promote the health of the working population.

Different course options

Study mode



2 years

Start date



Managing Risk in OH Practice (20 Credits) - Core
Leadership in health and social care (20 Credits) - Core
Investigative Enquiry (20 Credits) - Core
Critical Research Appraisal (20 Credits) - Core
Contemporary Occupational Health (20 Credits) - Core
Consolidation of Practice (20 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£305 per module (20 credits) - This fee is for Scottish students. £820 per module (20 credits) - This fee is applicable for English, Northern Irish & Welsh and Channel Island & Isle of Man.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

£820 per module (20 credits)

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be educated to degree level; You must be registered as a nurse or midwife on either parts 1 or 2 of the NMC professional register. However, you can be admitted to our course if you can evidence successful completion of your pre-registration nursing education course and if you have applied for NMC registration; Admission is permitted with relevant previous academic credit and/or prior learning. This will be in accordance with University of the West of Scotland's Regulatory Framework; As part of the selection process, you will also need to submit a 1000 word academic essay on current challenges in occupational health practice; Due to the practice based element of the course you must be currently working in an Occupational Health setting or have agreed to gain access to an Occupational Health setting. You must also have access to a Practice Teacher to support you through the duration of the course.

University information

With around 19,000 students, from over 140 countries around the world, the University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s biggest modern universities. Each year, around 600 postgraduate students choose to study at UWS. The location of their west of Scotland campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire and Paisley means that they are the local university for over 30% of the population of central Scotland. However, their growing national...more