Taught course

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing - Adult (pre-registration)

University of Southampton · Health Sciences

Entry requirements

UK bachelors degree with lower second-class honours or higher, GCSE English language and maths 4-9 or A*-C. You will be required to successfully complete a Recognition of Prior Learning as a condition of entry to the programme. Subject to satisfactory health and DBS checks. You must submit evidence of: 990 hours of relevant theoretical learning from your first degree or employment and 110 hours of practice worked in a healthcare environment under the supervision of a registered healthcare professional.

Months of entry


Course content

Thought of becoming an Adult Nurse? This postgraduate diploma in nursing is designed for graduates and ambitious career changers who want to make a tangible difference to health outcomes. Gain advanced clinical skills and work collaboratively with multidisciplinary specialists.
You’ll develop the expertise to transform the health and wellbeing of adults on this graduate entry Postgraduate diploma in Adult Nursing. Learn to make complex decisions, evaluate practice, coordinate care and advocate for your patients' needs.
The course is also ideal if you’re already a qualified nurse and want a second field of registration. You'll join a community with a consistent global ranking for nursing and midwifery: 5th in the world and 2nd among UK universities (QS World Rankings by Subject 2022).
After you've successfully completed the PG Diploma course you can also ‘top up’ to a full MSc by completing a dissertation module.

Information for international students

This course is not usually available for EU and International students who have not completed prior study in UK.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
Not open to international applications

Additionally, to support living costs, eligible (UK) students may be eligible for a Student Finance maintenance loan; also a £5,000 NHS Training Grant of £5,000 per academic year.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0) 23 8059 4732