Public Health Practice (SCPHN) (Health Visiting) MSc – 2022 entry

Key information

Start date: September 2022

Full-time: 4 years

Part-time: 5 years

Why choose this course

  • Study a hands-on, clinical curriculum to develop the knowledge and clinical skills needed to work with children, young people and families as a specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) health visitor, and lead on innovation and change within modern health and social care. 
  • Spend half of your training in clinical placements to practise your skills in healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners.  
  • Learn from a multidisciplinary team of lecturers, who are all healthcare professionals with experience of working in the NHS. 
  • Join one of our research groups to take part in seminars and workshops, and benefit from our links with renowned research institutions across the world. 
  • Meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) standards for specialist education and practice and register your qualification with the NMC. 

What you will study

You’ll develop the values that employers and the public need from modern healthcare professionals, such as compassion, advocacy, good communication, teamwork skills, and respect and understanding of patients. 

You’ll critically examine and develop awareness of the key concepts of public health and health promotion. You’ll analyse data to identify health needs and develop health promotion interventions to address contemporary public health issues. We’ll teach you the fundamentals about safeguarding children, young people and adults, empowering you to play a pro-active role in their protection. 

You’ll study topics, including community nurse practitioner prescribing (V100), early intervention work with families, leadership, mental health, public health, and safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. You’ll have the opportunity to complete a research dissertation in an area of personal interest, which we’ll match with the expertise of our academic staff, ensuring you get the best support.

Clinical placements 

You’ll spend half of your training in clinical placements, allowing you to develop your knowledge, skills and practice within healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners. You’ll complete 10 weeks of consolidated practice with your sponsoring organisation (please see the entry requirements section for further information about sponsorship). 

Facilities 

You’ll benefit from our multi-million-pound facilities, including our lecture theatres and seminar rooms, designed to promote knowledge exchange and networking with other healthcare professionals. 

Teaching staff 

You’ll learn from lecturers who are qualified practitioners, which may include specialist community public health nurse Felicity Jones. You’ll also be taught by guest lecturers, including local doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare workers. 

Throughout your placements, you’ll be supported by a community practice assessor and practice supervisor. 

Research groups 

You’ll be invited to join one of our research groups, where you’ll participate in discussions about research topics, findings and publications, and you’ll benefit from our links with renowned research institutions across the world. We also have a host of external speakers that visit us and present their work, and a collection of seminars and workshops, allowing you to network with like-minded individuals. 

Assessment 

We use a variety of methods to assess you, including case studies, examinations, presentations and written work. When you’re out on placement, your knowledge, skills and professional behaviour will be assessed by your community practice assessor and practice supervisor. 

Check individual module information to see full details at a module level. 

Sponsorship 

To study on this course, you’ll need to be sponsored by a healthcare provider organisation. Your sponsor will provide you with your clinical placement and a community practice assessor and supervisor. They’ll simultaneously support and evaluate your practice abilities throughout the course. You’ll need to negotiate with your sponsoring organisation whether your clinical placements can be full-time or part-time. 

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

Teaching 

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of: 

  • Group work (e.g. discussion groups) 
  • Lectures 
  • Online learning 
  • Role plays 
  • Seminars 
  • Tutorials. 

Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading. 

Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of: 

  • Demonstration 
  • Discussion groups 
  • Observation 
  • Practice under supervision 
  • Reflective dialogue 
  • Role modelling 
  • Shadowing. 

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way. 

Study and work abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to complete an alternative clinical practice week that you can go abroad for. 

Professional recognition

MSc - Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an approved programme for the specialist community public health nursing part of the register.

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. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools. 

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which means you’ll be eligible to register your qualification with the NMC on successful completion of your studies. 

100% of our graduates from this course go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes survey 2020, HESA). Our alumni typically take on specialist community public health visiting nursing roles within the NHS. 

Visit the NHS careers website for further information on health visitor nursing. 

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Academic year structure

This course can be taken either full-time or part-time. 

Course length

Full-time

This course can take a minimum of 1 year – 2 years and 4 months to complete, depending on what qualification you wish to attain. 

After 1 year, you’ll have gained a PGDip Public Health Practice (SCPHN) (Health Visiting) qualification and you’ll be eligible to register this with the NMC. 

If you wish to progress to the full MSc qualification, you must complete an additional 1 year and 4 months of part-time study, during which you’ll write a dissertation. You must submit this within five years of starting the course. 

Part-time

This course can take a minimum of 2 years – 3 years and 4 months, depending on what qualification you wish to attain. 

After 2 years, you’ll have gained a PGDip Public Health Practice (SCPHN) (Health Visiting) qualification and you’ll be eligible to register this with the NMC. 

If you wish to progress to the full MSc qualification, you must complete an additional 1 year and 4 months of part-time study, during which you’ll write a dissertation. You must submit this within five years of starting the course. 

Modules

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 revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.

We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2022/23 This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 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 in SCPHN OR Specialist Practice in SCPHN including V100.
Students must choose one optional module. Information on CPD modules can be found at: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/healthsciences/professional-development/cpd-modules.htm

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

Students must complete all core modules and take Specialist Practice in SCPHN OR Specialist Practice in SCPHN including V100.
Students must choose one optional module. Information on CPD modules can be found at: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/healthsciences/professional-development/cpd-modules.htm

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

Students must complete all core modules and take Specialist Practice in SCPHN OR Specialist Practice in SCPHN including V100.
Students must choose one optional module. Information on CPD modules can be found at: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/healthsciences/professional-development/cpd-modules.htm

Timetable

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). Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. You must be currently registered as a healthcare professional to apply.

International entry requirements by country

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 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.

Fees

Start date: September 2022

Full-time - 4 years

UK To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

Part-time - 5 years

UK 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 2022-23 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.

Funding

Students who undertake Specialist Practice normally receive sponsorship from a provider of NHS Community Services.

Scholarships and bursaries


We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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.

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.

Disclaimer

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 2022/23. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2022/23.  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

Our health sciences, nursing and midwifery courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Placement location

You’ll be expected to attend clinical placements with your NHS employer. Please see the placements and sponsorship sections for more details. 

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