Taught course

Specialist Nursing (with pathways)

Ulster University · School of Nursing

Entry requirements

Satisfy the University’s general entry requirements; and

  • Hold a degree in Nursing or equivalent
  • or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).
  • Hold current registration with the NMC and have completed a period of experience as a registered nurse to have consolidated pre-registration outcomes.
  • Have the support of an employer for 75 days Practice Learning and the name of an appropriately qualified Supervisor and Assessor in the Practice Learning setting.
  • Have competency in written and spoken English (IELTS 7.0).
  • Applicants for the District Nursing Pathway(+ Self -funded students) are required to complete Access NI Checks.


Months of entry


Course content

The Post Graduate Diploma Specialist Nursing (with pathways) is aimed at preparing registered nurses for leadership roles in a specialist clinical field of nursing of their choice. There are a range of pathways to suit all nurses including District Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing, and Community Children’s Nursing. The full range of Adult Nursing Specialisms include, Palliative Care, Stroke Care, Diabetes Care and Emergency Care and Adult Nurse.

The programme leads to more than one qualification. You will obtain a degree from Ulster University and a professional qualification from the United Kingdom Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Students of District Nursing also obtain a further professional qualification in Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing.

Information for international students

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 with no element below 7.0. Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    9-12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Hilary Thompson
+44 (0)28 9036 6433