Taught course

Nursing with Registration PGDip

King's College London · Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care

Entry requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Normally Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent) and 575 hours (approximately equivalent to four months FT) healthcare-related experience.
Successful applicants will be asked to complete an RPEL (Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning) claim form. Further information regarding RPEL can be found here.
It is highly desirable for applicants to have studied Biology or Human Science to GCSE level or equivalent.
See the next tab, 'Applying, Fees & Funding', for further details. of the application procedure (including details of Disclosure & Barring Service - previously DBS - and occupational health checks).

Months of entry


Course content

Nursing with registration is an innovative two-year programme, which enables graduates from other disciplines to gain professional registration in Adult, Children's or Mental Health nursing through postgraduate study. This course will permit you to develop your nursing skills and build your knowledge of professional and ethical practice.


This postgraduate nursing programme is designed for graduates from other disciplines who wish to gain professional registration in Adult, Children's or Mental Health Nursing. The programme runs over two years.

The programme focuses on quality care, cutting edge clinical skills and is designed to be both research intensive and research informed. You will learn the pivotal roles of nurse and client, while developing your nursing skills and building your knowledge of professional and ethical practice. This innovative programme ensures our students meet the registration requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Subjects such as nursing bioscience, professional practice, research, evidence-based practice, policy and clinical leadership, as well as adult, children's or mental health nursing are studied. The programme is divided between theoretical modules and clinical practice, with blocks of time spent in clinical placement.
You will have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of healthcare settings. Opportunities for national and international electives are also offered.
Course purpose
The primary aim of the programme is to support students as they progress towards registered practitioner level and beyond, and to provide a framework within which they can acquire and demonstrate both generic transferable competencies and those specific to their area of practice.

Further literature

Course format and assessment
Main Hall lectures; facilitated seminars; clinical skills workshops; electronic learning materials; optional opportunities to explore nursing through various media; use of enquiry-based learning; learning in a variety of health care environments Assessment strategies include: electronic examination; clinical portfolio; essays; peer review; assessment of clinical learning.
Extra information
All students on nursing programmes are required to undertake an enhanced DBS check and all must give consent to this. Completed DBS checks must be received prior to the student undertaking any clinical placement. All students attend Occupational Health (OH) on entry the programme. All applicants are required to make an APEL claim. Pre-registration nursing programmes should normally be no less than three years. However, the use of APEL permits us to offer a programme of two years duration to those applicants who can show evidence of prior learning relevant to the programme.

Fees and funding

The Government has extended bursaries for tuition fees and maintenance for students commencing the Postgraduate Diploma programmes in 2017. This is a transitional arrangement only for new entrants in 2017 until a longer-term solution is finalised from 2018 onwards. Further information can be found in: the Department of Health Reforming healthcare education funding report (p.10-11 and p.16 for the postgraduate information).

Please note: further details about NHS funded courses and bursaries, including eligibility criteria, are available here.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0) 20 7848 7162