Primary and Community Care (District Nursing) MSc

Why choose this course?

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.

What you will study

A district nurse 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.

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Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
MSc Full-time 48 months Sep 2018
MSc Part-time 60 months Sep 2018
Stag Hill

Professional recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an approved programme for recordable qualifications.

Global opportunities

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify, your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Programme leader

CROSS CE Mrs (Health Sci.)

Our students

  • Oliver Ketch, BSc Paramedic Science

    "Being on the road has allowed me to experience more than I could have ever imagined before I started the degree."

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  • Millie Johns, BSc Midwifery: Registered Midwife

    "My best moment at Surrey so far was when I delivered my first baby. There is no feeling like it and I would never have had that opportunity if it wasn’t for Surrey."

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Our graduates

  • Emma Tracey, BSc Child Nursing

    "The staff at Surrey are incredibly supportive. Every teacher is passionate about giving you the best learning experience possible, and I’ve been lucky to have worked with inspiring and enthusiastic mentors."

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  • Dr Piyali S Basu, Tuberculosis researcher

    "The research culture we have at Surrey is supportive, sociable and inspiring which makes a staggering difference to my perspective, outlook and motivation."

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The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

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.

Timetable

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

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 Academic: 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 Academic  writing component.

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

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2018 To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part-time Sep 2018 To be confirmed To be confirmed

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2018-19 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Funding

Scholarship for Pioneers of Tomorrow

Do you want to make a real difference or have you already accomplished something special? Then the "Pioneer" student scholarship program is right for you!

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Student finance

Find out about the Government's postgraduate taught student finance support and Career Development Loans.

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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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How to apply

Applications should initially be made via NHS jobs. Eligible applicants will be given further information on how to submit an application to the University following a successful interview with the Trust. If you have any questions please email admissions@surrey.ac.uk.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Contact us

Admissions enquiries

+44 (0)1483 682 222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

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