Taught course

Specialist Community Nursing (Community District Nursing)

University of Hertfordshire · School of Health and Social Work

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for the MSc Specialist Community Nurisng course are

  • All applicants are required to demonstrate effective registration on part 1 of the NMC register.

You also need to have access to an appropriate specialist community practice placement with a practice supervisor and practice assessor for the duration of your studies on the course. This is normally provided through the sponsoring employer.

Months of entry

January, September

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 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.

Why Choose this Course

The MSc Specialist Community Nursing course will give you specialist skills and knowledge in community nursing in the areas of health needs assessment, clinical practice, care and programme management, clinical practice leadership. It is suitable for all registered nurses who want to achieve registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Nurse. It gives you the option to specialise in children's nursing, district nursing and general practice nursing. Focuses on the multi-professional and multi-agency approaches to care. Combines on campus learning at the University with hands on experience in a practice environment, with an equal allocation of practice and theory hours.

Professional Accreditations

The MSc Specialist Community Nursing course leads to a recordable qualification on the NMC register as a Specialist Community Nurse - Distrcit Nursing.

Information for international students

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:

  • GCSE English language grade A-C
  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Theresa Titchener
01707 285929