Taught course

Nursing (Specialist District Nursing) with NMC Recordable SPQ

De Montfort University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

  • A UK honours degree (2:2 or above in a relevant subject, or equivalent)
  • A minimum of 60 credits (inclusive of research) at level 6 plus three years’ clinical experience
  • Effective registration on the NMC professional register
  • At least two years’ clinical experience in nursing in a chosen field of practice, and demonstration of experience in leadership, within your clinical area either through continued professional development (CPD) or publication of clinical articles/material
  • You should also be able to demonstrate that you have the requisite clinical skills and relevant CPD required and therefore be in a position to develop higher level skills
  • Demonstration of direct and continuing contact with clients who have specialist care needs, prior to and continuing throughout the duration of the course
  • Provide two references, one giving emphasis to academic ability and the second relevant to clinical experience
  • You will be expected to attend an interview

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check: Yes

You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), before starting the course, which need to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admission policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.

We strongly advise that you opt for the DBS update service as it is possible that future placement providers may request a recent DBS and not one from the start of the programme. If you decide not to opt for this service then you will have to pay for the DBS again if requested by your placement provided – the university will not cover this cost.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is tailored for clinically experienced nurses seeking a flexible route to a master’s level qualification that has a recordable Specialist Practitioner Qualification (PG Diploma only) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Our practitioners, researchers, and academic staff are experienced specialists in clinical areas of practice and will offer a unique perspective to your learning. You'll also benefit from experienced visiting lecturers, enhancing your learning through varied sources of clinical expertise.

Integrating both theory and practice, you will develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to deliver safe and effective specialist practice to patients and clients. You'll gain the confidence to make higher level clinical decisions, drive consistent developments and advancements in clinical healthcare, and see through strategic or operational change within your workplace. DMU's strong links with clinical practice, combined with direct input and teaching from experienced colleagues in clinical settings, helps to ensure learning is relevant to current practice.

Key features

  • 50% of your time on the programme will be spent undertaking theory that is made up of taught sessions and private study, and 50% of the programme will be undertaken in clinical practice in district nursing teams.
  • You will obtain a specialist practitioner recordable qualification with the NMC.
  • Specialist academic and clinical colleagues have worked collaboratively to develop expert core and clinical modules
  • Specialist District Nursing including Community Formulary Prescribing v100 (full-time or part-time) will be taken as part of this programme.
  • Gain competencies that are mapped to the NMC Standards for Specialist Practice, The Queen’s Nursing Institute’s Voluntary Standards for Specialist Practice, and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Standards for all Prescribers.
  • Through successful completion of the Community Formulary Prescribing (CFP) module (V100) you will be able to prescribe from the CFP formulary in practice.
  • By the end of the programme you will have gained the specialist skills and knowledge required to be a specialist practitioner in district nursing.

This programme does not accept direct entry applications.

All applicants need to be supported by their manager and hospital trust.

For further information contact

Course Leader:
Donna Edwards

T: +44 (0)0116 257 7700
E: lbradmissions@dmu.ac.uk

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12- months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
0116 250 6070