Public Health Practice (SCPHN) (Health Visiting) MSc

Why choose this course

Combining taught modules and hands-on practice, this course will give you the aptitude and skills you will need to meet the many challenges of modern healthcare while enhancing your academic, professional and clinical prowess.

If you are a registered nurse or midwife, choosing our MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) course sets you on the path to qualify as a health visitor, a career which will see you working with children and families and having a significant impact on their lives. We can help further nurture your skills so that you can make your own mark in this profession and the future of public health.

What you will study

Completion of our academic award for MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) allows you to register the award with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Continually updated to match the evolving nature of healthcare, this course addresses the high-level clinical skills and in-depth understanding that prospective employers want to see in this field. By providing you with the experience and knowledge you need, the strong links to hands-on practice also help you towards a more seamless transition into a professional position.

Enhancing your understanding of the many intricacies and challenges of modern healthcare, we’ll also give you access to the pioneering research we conduct at Surrey to enhance your studies. During you time with us, we’ll also teach important values of modern healthcare such as compassion, advocacy, good communication, teamwork skills and respect and understanding of patients. 

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
MSc Full-time 48 months September 2019
MSc Part-time 60 months September 2019

Professional recognition

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.

Course lengths

Our full-time course runs for 52 weeks (12 months). This is the timeframe in which you can achieve a recordable SCPHN qualification for health visitor or school nurse. To achieve the full MSc, you need to take an additional 16 months’ part-time study to finish the dissertation module. 

Our part-time course runs for 104 weeks (24 months). In order for you to get the SCPHN qualification for health visitor or school nurse, you will also need do an extra 16 months of further part-time study to do the dissertation module and complete the full MSc. You need to complete the MSc within five years of starting the course. 

Further course information

We’ve tailored our course so that it meets the requirements of the NMC for registering the qualification of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN). 

You can complete the PG Diploma within 52 weeks for full-time students and 104 weeks for part-time students. If you wish to exit, there is also an option to obtain a postgraduate diploma within the respective 52 or 104 weeks. You can also continue with your studies for a further 16 months’, part-time, to complete your dissertation module and finish the full MSc. 

You need to complete the MSc within five years of starting the course.

Programme leader

JONES F Ms (Health Sci.)

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 our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will 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.

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.

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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

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.

Year 1 (full-time)

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-mo…

Year 1 (part-time)

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-mo…

Year 2 (part-time)

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-mo…

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). 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).

Learning and disability

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development 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

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

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

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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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

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

Study mode Start date Placement UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time September 2019 To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part-time September 2019 To be confirmed To be confirmed

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 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.

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.

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