Primary and Community Care (District Nursing) MSc

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Why Surrey?

Drawing on Surrey’s excellent research base and benefitting from strong links with practice, our programme is responsive to the dynamic and evolving nature of the primary and community care setting.

It will advance your ability to critically analyse and lead on innovation and change in the workplace.

Programme overview

A District Nurse (DN) needs high-level clinical skills and an in-depth understanding of the context in which primary and community care is delivered.

Our programme allows shared learning with practitioners from other specialities and draws on Surrey’s excellent research base, to assist you in developing these skills and enhancing your knowledge.

Students benefit from strong links with practice, and the programme is designed to be responsive to changing practice needs. It will also 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.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year.

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

These aims have been guided by the NMC Standards of proficiency for specialist practitioners.

The programme aims to enhance the student’s understanding, knowledge and expertise to lead and develop primary and community care practice. The programme will develop a critical and discerning practitioner who will be able to innovate and evaluate change in health and social care practice based on a sound knowledge and evidence base.

It will provide the opportunity to develop clinical leadership necessary to achieve effective provision of care through and inter-professional approach to education across disciplines and organisations.

It aims to enhance students’ competence in complex decision making to enable them to make a significant contribution to service development through innovation, leadership and research.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive level of understanding and knowledge around their chosen pathway
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of personal responsibility and professional codes of conduct regarding ethical dilemmas in professional practice
  • Make sound professional judgements in the assessment, planning and delivery of care/ services
  • Undertake research that contributes to the development and enhancement of primary and community care

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Assess, implement and evaluate changes in health and social care practice and critically analyse a wide range of issues governing specialist practice
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between theoretical knowledge and practice in a variety of settings
  • Identify and define complex problems and apply relevant knowledge and skills to their solution, including risk assessment and management
  • Communicate complex knowledge relating to primary and community care effectively
  • Critically analyse and evaluate issues relating to primary and community care
  • Critically evaluate research and other sources of evidence and synthase information in order to inform current and future practice.

Professional practical skills

  • Develop the capacity to initiate flexible and creative professional interventions with a sound theoretical basis
  • Become pro-active in identifying and meeting changing health and social needs within a complex multi- cultural and multi-ethnic society
  • Demonstrate fitness for practice by achieving competence to meet standards set by the NMC

Key / transferable skills

  • Work effectively with an inter-professional group as a member and where appropriate, a leader.
  • Reflect on own and other’s performance in order to improve practice
  • Develop a critical and analytic approach to engaging with relevant literature in delivering evidence based practice
  • Communicate effectively and confidently in an academic or professional arena giving clear evidence based and duly considered information.

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.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2017 TBC TBC
Part-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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Programme leader

Dr Pat Colliety

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Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
MSc Full-time 12 months Sep 2017
MSc Part-time 24 months Sep 2017

Entry Requirements

Normally, applicants will have completed a Bachelors degree or have recently studied at FEHQ level 6. Individual advice will be provided by the Director of Studies.

Students will need to be entered on parts one or two of the NMC professional register, and will normally have at least two years’ post-registration experience. 

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English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, 6.5 in each component (or equivalent)For taught Health and Social Care programmes, all students must achieve 7.0 in the IELTS writing component.

Students going into a practice setting as part of their programme must achieve 7.0 in all IELTS components.

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.


Loans, scholarships and financial support

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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