Taught course

Public Health (School Nursing, Health Visiting and District Nursing)

City, University of London · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

The course is only available to students seconded by the NHS. Applicants should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. Applicants for the District Nursing route should be registered with the NMC as adult nurses. Applicants for the School Nursing and Health Visiting routes should be on parts one and two of the NMC register. Due to the high demand for places on NHS funded courses, as well as meeting the stated academic entry requirements, applicants will be required to attend a selection day held at City University London. You will be asked to complete the NHS Constitution Assessment, which is used to demonstrate that your values match those of the NHS Constitution.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Nursing is changing with recent shifts to graduate level entry and increasing focus on public health, prevention of ill health and community care. These changes mean more specialist nursing practitioners are required that are competent and confident in clinical, research and leadership knowledge and skills outside hospital contexts.
The Postgraduate Diploma Public Health (School Nursing, Health Visiting and District Nursing) offers qualified, NMC registered nurses and midwives an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and broaden their skills base in ways that can improve health within communities. City offers three specialist community practitioner routes within the Postgraduate Diploma course: School Nursing, Health Visiting, District Nursing
All routes lead to an academic and professional award.
Students who have successfully completed a Postgraduate Diploma may progress to the MSc, most students complete this over one year part-time study.

Fees and funding

Full-time EU: £See fees & funding
Funding is provided by the sponsoring NHS Trust from HEE NCEL. Please note there is no self-funding opportunity for this course. We suggest that you carefully consider which NHS Trust you are interested in working for and check that this Trust will sponsor health visiting, school nursing or district nursing students at City University London. To apply for the programme at City University London you must submit an online application through a suitable job vacancy as advertised through NHS Jobs.
You should try to establish a connection with your preferred NHS Trust, particularly if you want to study part time, as you will also have to arrange to work part-time for your sponsoring NHS Trust.
The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January: City University postgraduate scholarships, City University London Graduate Loyalty Discount, School of Health Sciences International Excellence Scholarships (for international students only)

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7040 5000