Entry requirements

Here at the University of Essex Online, we believe that education should be accessible to all. That is why we offer both an academic and work-based experience route onto our PG Dip Nursing course. Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.

Because of the work-based nature of the programme, all students must be working in clinical practice as a registered nurse or with a license to practice as a nurse with a nursing regulator or appropriate licensing board.

Academic entry route

You must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent in a health or social care related subject from an approved institution
  • working in clinical practice as a registered nurse or licensed to practice as a nurse with a nursing regulator or appropriate licensing board

Work experience entry route

Students who do not have a degree may be eligible for entry and will be considered on an individual basis. In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our PG Dip Nursing, you must meet the following criteria:

  • at least three years’ post-qualification work experience as a registered nurse or licensed to practice as a nurse with a nursing regulator or appropriate licensing board, supported by appropriate references

English language requirement

Our courses are taught in English so to study with us you must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or equivalent. If you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, you will be required to pass a free online English test to assess your proficiency. You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Months of entry

February, May, September

Course content

Our PG Dip Nursing gives you the opportunity to complete a recognised postgraduate qualification in just 16 months, alongside your current commitments. Learn from subject-expert tutors and explore a range of topics relevant to nursing. This unique course is entirely assignment-based and you will learn key skills such as decision-making and critical analysis. Reflect on your own clinical practice and develop a professional portfolio.
In addition to the main course modules, you can select three optional modules aligned with your interests including:
  • pathophysiology and pharmacology: the management of disease
  • underpinning infection control and prevention: the scientific concepts
  • contemporary strategies and models to guide the design of health promotion activities
  • practical leadership skills underpinned by a critical appreciation of leadership theory
Upon completion of your studies, we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for our full MSc Nursing (180 credits).

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,891
International students
£7,891

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    16 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Enquiries team
Email
enquiries@online.essex.ac.uk
Phone
+441206489358