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 (School Nursing) course will set you on the path to qualifying as a school nurse, a career which will see you working with children, young people and families, and making a significant impact on their lives. We will nurture your skills so that you can make your own mark in this profession and in public health.
What you will study
Completion of our MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (School Nursing) 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. This course’s 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 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 12 months. This gives you time to achieve the recordable SCPHN qualification of school nurse. You’ll also be given a further 16 months part-time study to complete the dissertation module and achieve the full MSc. This particular course needs to be completed within five years after you have registered.
Our part-time option for this course gives you 104 weeks, or 24 months, to achieve the recorded SCPHN qualification of school nurse. Once again, you’ll also be given an additional 16 months’ part-time study to finish the dissertation module which allows you to complete the full MSc.
Further course information
We’ve designed our course so that it meets the necessary requirements of the NMC for registering the qualification of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN).
If you’ve completed the PG diploma, 52 weeks full-time and 104 part-time, this meets the requirements you need to record your NMC qualification. You can also exit with a postgraduate diploma after 52 weeks or 104 weeks part-time. Equally, you could also decide to continue for a further 16 months in order to complete the dissertation module and gain 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.
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:
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.
Asylum Seeker Bursary
Application Deadline: 30.06.21
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Surrey International Masters Scholarship
Application Deadline: 30.09.20
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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 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 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.
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.