Primary and Community Care (General Practice Nursing) (SPQ) MSc – 2020 entry

Key information

Start date: September 2020

Full-time: 4 years

Part-time: 5 years

Why choose this course

Exciting responsibilities at a more local level.

Our Primary and Community Care (General Practice Nursing) course will give you the skills and abilities you need to succeed as a general practice nurse. As you learn about how to help with long-term conditions, screening, immunisations and health promotion and more, this course will teach you to take on and manage the varied responsibilities of this demanding, exciting role.

Thanks to our forward-thinking research and the practical experience we can offer, we will help you develop the good judgement and shrewd problem-solving skills that potential employers are looking out for.

What you will study

Working as a general practice nurse is a highly rewarding but demanding role. On this course, we help ensure that you are ready for the challenges in this career.

We will equip you with valuable high-level clinical skills and the knowledge to help you succeed. Our strong links to practice mean that we are highly responsive to changes within the industry. Equally, we ensure you are prepared with the mind-set and attitude that the profession demands such as good communication,

compassion and empathy, encouragement and respect for patients and their individuality.

Course lengths

Our full-time course runs for 52 weeks or 12 months which allows you to achieve a recordable SPQ qualification. You’ll also have an additional 16 months’ part-time study in order to complete the dissertation module and achieve the MSc. 

Our part-time course runs for 104 weeks or 24 months. This also allows you to achieve the recordable SPQ qualification of GPN. There’s also an additional 16 months’ part-time study which enables you to complete the dissertation module and complete the MSc.

Further course information

Growing your knowledge and experience, our course will transform you into a critical and discerning practitioner capable of driving innovation and change in health and social care. We will also give you the opportunity to develop excellent clinical leadership skills, while enhancing your critical decision making abilities. 

Our programme operates on a 15 credit modular structure over two semesters. All taught modules are semester based and are worth 15 credits. This adds up to 150 hours of learning, including student contact, private study and assessment. Project and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 60 or 90 credits.

Our course makes use of a 50 per cent split between theory and practice and you will need to be sponsored by an NHS provider. This is so that the course coheres with the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s requirements. The sponsor will provide the placement and your associated practice teacher and or an appropriate mentor for the placement. They’ll simultaneously support and evaluate your practice abilities throughout the course. 

We’ve made sure that this course enables you to meet the NMC (2001a) Standards for Specialist Practice within 52 weeks or 104 weeks. After meeting the NMC’s requirements, you’ll then be able to record your SPQ with them. You can exit with the postgraduate diploma after 52 weeks or choose to continue on with the dissertation module for a further 16 months of part-time study. This allows you to complete the MSc in full, and the MSc must be finished within five years of commencing study. 

Professional recognition

MSc - Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an approved programme for the recordable qualification of General Practice Nurse.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.


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

Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

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:

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Students must complete all core modules and take Specialist Practice Portfolio OR Specialist Practice Portfolio with V100.
Students must choose one optional module. Information on CPD modules can be found at:…

Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Students must complete all core modules and take Specialist Practice Portfolio OR Specialist Practice Portfolio with V100.
Students must choose one optional module. Information on CPD modules can be found at:…

Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Students must complete all core modules and take Specialist Practice Portfolio OR Specialist Practice Portfolio including with must choose one optional module. Information on CPD modules can be found at:…


Course 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 Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant UK honours degree. You must be currently registered as a healthcare professional to apply.

View entry requirements by country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

Application link is provided to apply post internal trust interview with University of Surrey representative. Applicants should apply through NHS jobs initially.

Credit transfer

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.


Start date: September 2020

Full-time - 4 years

UK/EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

Part-time - 5 years

UK/EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

Students will pay fees on a module-by-module basis, please see our modules for further information.

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.


You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.

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

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.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.


This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2020/21. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2020/21.  Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

The School of Health Sciences has now moved to the Kate Granger Building located on 30 Priestley Road on the Surrey Research Park. This is where our nursing, midwifery, paramedic science and operating department practice courses are taught.

Additional information

Some modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.

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