Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

Brunel University, London · Clinical Sciences

Entry requirements

Qualified nurse/midwife with active registration on part one or part two of the NMC Nursing Register.

Ideally a first degree or a minimum of a diploma of higher education, plus evidence of recent study that demonstrates the applicant’s readiness to study at postgraduate level.

Two satisfactory references of which one should be an academic reference.

All applicants are required to be interviewed to ascertain their academic and professional readiness to undertake postgraduate study.

Health Visiting; Occupational Health Nursing; School Nursing

Months of entry


Course content

Current government policy recognises the need for specialist practitioner nurses who are prepared to take on leadership and management roles, develop research skills and be innovative and creative in practice.

This postgraduate diploma aims to develop specialist practitioners who are competent to practise and able to influence and facilitate change within the community nursing environment. It enables nurses to qualify as community specialist practitioners able to influence and facilitate change within the community environment.

Special Features

You will spend half of the course on work placement in a specialist practice of your choice. You will also undertake a combination of compulsory and professionally-specific modules, the latter of which you undertake during the practice-based component of the course


In the field of post registration community nursing, over 95% of practitioners qualify through the University and obtain employment within their chosen field.

Work Placements

Fifty per cent of the course involves supervised work placements within the chosen area of specialist practice. You will be allocated an experienced practice teacher who provides support and undertakes assessment in practice. Strong links have been forged between the University, practice teachers, managers and purchasers to ensure a quality programme.

Information for international students

Must be rgistered with the UK's NMC.

Fees and funding

UK students
please see above for fee breakdown
International students
please see above for fee breakdown


  • Health Visiting: £8,730 full time, £4,365 part-time
  • Occupational Health Nursing: £5,511 full-time, £2,755 part-time
  • School Nursing: £8,730 full time, £4,365 part-time


  • Health Visiting: £17,200 full-time
  • Occupational Health Nursing: £11,352 full-time, £5,676 part-time
  • School Nursing: £17,200 full-time

An additional 60 credit module fee is charged for the dissertation for the award of MSc.

Overseas students who are funded by the NHS will be charged the NHS fee. Fees should be available early summer, however this fee is paid by NHS London. Self funded overseas students will be charged the displayed fee.

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months
full time
0 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Professional practice15
Dissertation35 (17000 words)

Course contact details

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