Why choose this course
Combining taught modules with hands-on practice, this course will give you the necessary skills to meet the challenges of modern healthcare while enhancing your academic, professional and clinical prowess.
If you are a registered nurse or midwife, our MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) course will set you on the path to qualify as a health visitor, a career which will see you working with children and families, making a significant impact on their lives. We nurture your skills so you can make your own mark in this profession and the future of public health.
What you will study
Completion of our MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) allows you to register the academic 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. This course’s strong emphasis on hands-on practice will help you towards a seamless transition into a professional position.
Enhancing your understanding of the intricacies and challenges of modern public healthcare, this course will give you access to the pioneering research conducted at Surrey to support your studies. During the course, you’ll learn about important values of modern healthcare such as compassion, advocacy, good communication, teamwork skills and respect and understanding of patients.
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. 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, 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
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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).
A minimum 2.2 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.
Application link is provided to apply post internal trust interview with University of Surrey representative. Applicants should apply through NHS jobs initially.
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.
Students will pay fees on a module-by-module basis, please see our modules for further information.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (PDF) 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.
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.
Campus locationKate 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.
Some modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.