Duration: One to two years full time (normally one year for Post Graduate Diploma, two years for MSc with part time study of dissertation in year two); two to five years part time.
In the Specialist Practice Community Nursing masters pathways you will:
- Examine role development in relation to advanced practice and specialist practice.
- Examine the nature and use of communication, decision-making, management and leadership skills within community nursing practice.
- Explore how to meaningfully apply evidence within the field of community nursing.
- Undertake learning which enables you to develop new and/or enhanced clinical skills and apply these within the context of community nursing.
- Enable you to build on your knowledge, skills and competence to become a clinical expert and/or leader within community nursing practice.
This pathway is made up of 50% pratice and 50% theory. You will be allocated a qualified practice teacher to support and assess you in your pactice settings.
You can register to undertake this programme online using our online application form
For further course information contact the Pathway Leader:
Postgraduate diploma - 60 ECTS* normally six taught modules
MSc - 60 ECTS* from taught modules plus a 30 ECTS dissertation
*All modules are credited using the new European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) which replaces the former Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (CATS). 10 ECTS = 20 CATS. A Masters degree is therefore 90 ECTS and a Postgraduate Diploma therefore 60 ECTS.
If you have not achieved a first degree, you may be considered for admission to the programme if you are an experienced practitioner, and can consequently demonstrate that you have acquired suitable experience and supportive qualifications.
Typical entry requirements
The entry requirements for both the District Nursing in the home and Community Children's Nursing Pathways are:
- A first degree (2:2 Honours degree or above) or equivalent* in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education.
- A current professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on part one of the register. Applicants for the ‘District Nursing in the Home' pathway must be registered as an RN (Adult) and applicants for the ‘Children's Community Nursing' pathway must be RN (Child)
- A current or recent relevant job contract in a clinical or clinically related area
- At least two years relevant post registration clinical experience.
- At least one satisfactory reference (on some occasions a second reference will be required)
- Sponsorship or secondment is normally also required from an NHS or similar employer
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
Normally you will be in receipt of sponsorship or secondment from an NHS trust. Note that for entry to this programme of study, you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and have the support from your manager to undertake this programme of study. This pathway is therefore not open to international students unless they are NMC registered and working within the UK.
Students may exit with a postgraduate diploma (70 ECTS - additional 10 ECTS over normal postgraduate diploma requirements to fulfil all the NMC Specialist Practitioner recordable qualification requirements) - or complete the with the additional study of the 30 ECTS dissertation module.
The MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (District Nursing and Children's Community Nursing) pathway modules are listed below. To see a full list of individual modules, please follow the link below.
HLTH6115 Decision Making for Advanced Clinical Practice
HLTH6107 Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice
HLTH6151 Transition to Advanced Practice (District Nursing/Community Childrens Nursing Pathway)
HLTH6121 Principles of History Taking and Physical Assessment
HLTH6120 Pharmacology and Applied Clinical Science for Prescribing and Advanced Medicines Management
HLTH6150 Community Nursing in the Home (District Nursing)
HLTH6149 Community Childrens Nursing
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo. |
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Equipment||Medical equipment and materials (e.g. stethoscopes, pen torches, tuning forks):
In most cases students undertaking practical components within the course will be working within a healthcare setting and thus required equipment will be available to them. However some modules may require equipment not routinely available; the most frequently needed equipment (essential for all students on the advanced practitioner pathways) is a good quality stethoscope.|
|Equipment||IT: Computer discs and memory sticks, software licenses and hardware -
The use of IT equipment is essential within this course. All students will have access to University based computer suites but most students will prefer to have access to their own computer (laptop or desktop). Access to a suitable word processing package (e.g. Microsoft word), teaching materials package (e.g. PowerPoint) and spreadsheet package (e.g. Excel) will be required. If University computers are used these will be available on the University machines, but students will require memory sticks for saving downloaded materials and storage backup.|
In most cases students undertaking practical components within the course will be working within a healthcare setting and thus required uniform will be available to them. Occasionally students may have a placement made available to them as part of the course, and in these instances students may be responsible for purchasing their own uniform including suitable footwear. This will need to be to a design stipulated by the host placement.|
|Printing and copying||Some essays and projects are likely to be submitted online. However the course currently requires much of its coursework to be submitted in hard copy, and in addition there are some items (such as portfolios and dissertation log books) that due to their format cannot be submitted electronically. Therefore students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/services/copying_for_students_and_visitors/faq.php#594 |
|Placements||Placements (including Study Abroad Programmes): Accommodation, insurance, medical insurance, travel costs, immunisation/vaccination costs, Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance, translation of birth certificates, other.
In most cases students undertaking practical components within the course will be working within a healthcare setting and thus required uniform will be available to them. Occasionally students may have a placement made available to them as part of the course, and in these instances students or their sponsors will be responsible for the cost of travel to and from the placement and in some cases accommodation near the placement setting. Such placements would require indemnity insurance, vaccinations and DBS clearance - the cost of this may be covered within course fees, or may be passed on to the student. Which is the case will be made clear to students/sponsors at the time such placements are agreed - well before programme commencement.|
Some modules may include optional visits to exhibitions, professional study days, professional body events (e.g. events hosted by the Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health Professions Council). You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.|
Students will be expected to meet their own parking costs for attendance at the University. These costs will vary depending on the location of the teaching session - current University Main Campus visiting car parking costs are £1.10 per hour. Limited free parking may be available in nearby streets but is at the students own risk.|
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.