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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing PgDip




What will I learn?

The aim of this course is to prepare students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to meet the Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (NMC 2004) Health Visitor or School Nurse. This will contribute to practice that is safe and effective in maintaining and improving the health of the public and communities, acknowledging the responsibilities and accountabilities necessary for public protection. To prepare proficient SCPHNs who can reflect systematically upon their practice. Through analysis, synthesis and evaluation the SCPHN will contribute to the development of practice.

The SCPHN programme embraces diversity on both a local and global level and is reflective of a changing society. The programme recognises the challenges of migrating populations and facilitates the student knowledge in recognising and responding to the needs of clients/families during resettlement e SCPHN programme aims for teaching excellence. It is cognisant of a positive student experience and responds to student evaluation and feedback. The students are encouraged to engage with evidence informed practice.

Ulster is the sole provider in Northern Ireland of this course. The completion of this course allows students to progress their career and practice at a specialist level. The programme engenders a sense of pride amongst staff, students and alumni. The course has a national reputation for excellence in SCPHN practice which results in it being annually commissioned by the Department of Health.

Which department am I in?

Ulster University

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£15,360.00 (US$ 18,529) per year
Full-time students registering for a Postgraduate Diploma only will be charged 2/3 of the full Master's fee for that course

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2023

Start date

Expected September 2023


Jordanstown Campus

Shore Road,



BT37 0QB, Northern Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have Bachelor degree. Normally the minimum English language entry requirement is IELTS (academic) of 6.0 (with no band score of less than 5.5).

For international students

Applicants must have current Part 1or 2 registration in either nursing or midwifery with the Nursing & Midwifery Council BSc Hons/BSc degree in Nursing or a health related area or A Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing/midwifery which is equivalent to 240 academic credits or Applicants without a Diploma Higher Education in nursing/midwifery must have successfully completed a portfolio of evidence for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) which demonstrates the achievement of all Level 4 and Level 5 learning outcomes. International students must achieve a score of 7 overall and 7 on each sub-scale on the IELTS test of proficiency in English (NMC requirement). The TOEFL iBT score would be 100 with a minimum: L – 22; R – 24; S – 25; W– 24.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Ulster University

With an international reputation for teaching excellence, Ulster University offers students a welcoming and caring environment to live and study.

  • Scholarship of GBP 2,000 for international students
  • Guaranteed on-campus accommodation for overseas students
  • Among the top 50 universities in the UK
  • Award-winning Career Development Centre (CDC)

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