Taught course

Specialist Community Nursing

University of Hertfordshire · School of Health and Social Work

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for the MSc Specialist Community Nursing course are:

  • A UK degree, or other qualification at equivalent level, in a health related subject (excluding a specialist community degree leading to professional recognition as a specialist community public health practitioner).
  • All applicants are required to demonstrate effective registration on parts 1 and 2 of the NMC register.

You also need to have access to an appropriate specialist community practice placement with a designated ‘sign off’ practice teacher for the duration of your studies on the course. This is normally provided through the sponsoring employer. If you are self-sponsored you are required to negotiate this with a Primary Care Organisation.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme is designed to enable practitioners to adopt a strategic approach to the provision of specialist community nursing care, working effectively with individuals, families, groups and communities, involving, where appropriate, an active and effective collaboration with other disciplines and agencies. It fulfils the professional standards for the education and preparation of specialist community practitioners developed by the UKCC [2001] and is endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The programme leads to a professional recognition in community children’s nursing, community nursing in the home – district nursing or general practice nursing, preparing students for an enhanced, specialist role with specific patient/client groups in the community with either an Independent Nurse prescribing award or community nurse prescribing award. The programme also prepares specialist community practitioners to effectively contribute to the current health policy agenda through the provision of quality specialist community nursing interventions that promote the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups and communities.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1707 284800