Public Health Practice with SCPHN (School Nursing) MSc

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Why Surrey?

Combining practice with taught modules, this dynamic programme leads to qualification as a school nurse and will advance your academic, profession and clinical skills.

It will also develop your ability to critically analyse the challenges you’ll face and lead on innovation and change in the constantly evolving and complex public health environment.

Programme overview

Our MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (School Nursing) programme will enable you to obtain an academic award and, through completing a specified period of practice, to register on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.

Our programme is responsive to the dynamic and evolving nature of healthcare and has strong links with practice, addressing the high-level clinical skills and in-depth understanding of healthcare delivery that school nurses require.

It also encourages shared learning, draws upon an innovative research base and will guide you in displaying the values required in modern healthcare such as compassion, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Students are sponsored for the NMC Specialist Community Public Health Practice award by a health care provider organisation.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. Students then consolidate their practice and complete their dissertation over a further three years.

Students can also study part-time over two academic years, then consolidate their practice and complete their dissertation over a further three years.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to advance the critical and analytical skills of the students to allow critical evaluation of current public health policy and practice, to equip students to initiate, lead and manage change, and to problem solve across disciplines and organisations, drawing on a breadth of knowledge from an inter-professional approach to education.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Draw on a range of research based information to inform their understanding of the practice of public health and underpin practice and service development
  • Utilise and critically evaluate appropriate tools and screening processes to identify individuals and groups who are at risk and in need of further support
  • Initiate and engage effectively in professional debate over policy and practice issues and development

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Identify and define complex problems and apply relevant knowledge and skills to their solution to protect the public’s health and wellbeing from specific risks
  • Critically analyse and interpret data and communicate information about the health and wellbeing related needs of a defined population
  • Critically evaluate, challenge and apply health policies relating to the wellbeing and protection of groups and communities and their environments
  • Evaluate and apply legal and ethical principles within their own area of practice
  • Recognise and determine complex problems and issues clearly and initiate and manage projects to improve health and wellbeing of individuals and groups
  • Critically evaluate and apply research methodologies and other evidence based knowledge to synthesise information for the advancement of public health practice

Professional practical skills

  • Establish working partnerships to raise awareness about health and social wellbeing and related factors, services and resources
  • Communicate effectively and confidently in an academic or professional arena
  • Identify opportunities to work collaboratively to initiate and develop health programmes and services to reduce inequalities

Key / transferable skills

  • Develop effective communication skills to empower individuals and groups to improve their health and wellbeing
  • Reflect on own and others’ functioning in order to improve practice
  • Develop as an independent and self-critical learner, able to manage own requirements for continuing professional development
  • Work effectively with a public health team as a member and a leader, clarifying tasks and making effective use of the capacities of group members
  • Become an independent and self-critical learner, able to manage own requirements for continuing professional development

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

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Programme leader

Dr Pat Colliety

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Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Full-time: To be confirmed

Start date:

Feb 2017, Sep 2017

Entry Requirements

Students will normally hold a previously accumulated credit volume of 360 FHEQ Level 4-6 credits, of which at least 120 will be at FHEQ Level 6, and be named on Part One or Part Two of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register (NMC 2006a).

Students applying for the Postgraduate Diploma Public Health Practice/MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN endorsement will also need to secure sponsorship from a community healthcare provider.

Advertisements for sponsorship will be on NHS Jobs. There is a joint selection process between the providers and the University.

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English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, 7.0 in each component (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Feb 2017 TBC TBC
Full-time Sep 2017 TBC TBC

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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