Advanced Nursing PGDip

 
  

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Qualification
PGDip Advanced Nursing
Duration
9-12 months full-time
Entry requirements
When assessing an application for taught postgraduate study, the School of Health Sciences will normally consider applicants who hold a good first degree with at least a second class honours, or an equivalent qualification and evidence of relevant persona
Other requirements
Because of the intensity of study, particularly the research component, applicants for the full-time programme must hold a first or second class honours degree in nursing or other relevant topic. Applicants for the part-time programme will usually hold a Bachelors degree, or qualifications and experience deemed to be equivalent.

All applicants must be qualified nurses, usually with a minimum of two years experience in nursing practice.

There is no specific quota for international students and each application is assessed on merit.

International students will be required to have occupational health clearance, supply a declaration of good character and health form certified by their current employer and undertake governance training in order to undertake insight/observational visits. Please note if vaccinations are required, these will be at the student’s own expense

IELTS
6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
Queen's Medical Centre
School/department
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

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A natural progression from your BSc, the PG Diploma Advanced Nursing builds on your skills and specialist knowledge, giving you a deeper understanding and leading to wider career opportunities.

With nursing in England becoming an all-graduate profession, further study will help you stay ahead. Higher qualifications demonstrate your ambition and aptitude for learning, and many of our PG Diploma students and graduates find they achieve promotion during or soon after their course. In fact, in clinical practice, applicants for senior and advanced nursing posts are increasingly expected to possess, or be working towards, postgraduate diplomas or masters-level qualifications.

Taking an advanced nursing course is a real investment in your career. The programme's educational framework has been carefully designed to improve healthcare practice and, ultimately, patient care. Therefore your assignments will be firmly grounded in the realities you face in the workplace, developing skills and knowledge that will lead to practical benefits for you and your team.

You will join students from diverse clinical backgrounds, including acute and community care settings. Many come from the UK, but also Europe and further afield; all share a common enthusiasm and commitment to advancing their careers – and the profession. Learning from each other, as much as from experienced teachers, you will develop new friendships that will last long after the course. 

Alongside the clear career benefits this qualification brings, this challenging course is also highly rewarding on a personal level and many of our students comment on the enormous sense of satisfaction and achievement in gaining an award at this level.

We also offer an MSc Advanced Nursing, which has the same taught modules, but also includes a major independent research dissertation.  

For more information download the Advanced Nursing flyer (PDF).

Key facts

  • Rated 4th in the UK for physiotherapy in the Complete University Guide 2015 and 7th for nursing and midwifery in the Guardian University Guide League Tables 2015
  • We are a leading environment for world class research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014; 86% of our research activity is rated as world leading and internationally excellent with significant impact on people's health and wellbeing. We have also seen a 35% improvement in the quality of research undertaken in the past five years
  • Ranked 5th best in terms of research power in our unit of assessment, a measure which includes the quality of research and number of research active staff according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • 98% of students from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy who participated in the 2013 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey were satisfied with the experience of their research degree programme
  • Three Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellows awarded to staff in the School
  • We have a community of over 3,000 students and around 280 academic and support staff
 

Course details

All students have their own starting point and are guided through the course according to their individual needs. We are particularly aware of the demands placed on both part-time and full-time students and so provide high-level tutorial support, helped by relatively small class sizes. 

Modules are delivered by experienced teachers in an enjoyable, stimulating learning environment.

The PG Diploma Advanced Nursing starts in late September and is taught over 9 to 12 months full-time, or 18 months to 4 years part-time.  

The course comprises 120 credits worth of core and optional modules.

 
 

Modules

Core modules

  • Evidence for Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Theory and Practice of Advanced Nursing (30 credits)

Optional modules

At least one of:

  • Leadership in Health and Social Care (30 credits)
  • Advanced Nursing and Midwifery Practice in a Global context (30 credits)

Plus, if required, any other one 30 credit module from the level 4 portfolio.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

Home/EU students

Funded places are available to health and social care professionals working in the East Midlands (under certain conditions). These places are funded through Health Education East Midlands contract with The University of Nottingham. The only exception to this is the dissertation which may require self-funding or funding from another source. Once you have approval from your manager to apply for the course, complete the online application.

You can find out more detailed information about course fees, scholarships and funding on the School website.

If you have a question about funding please call +44 (0)115 823 1213.

The Graduate School website at The University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

International and EU students

The International Office provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, scholarships, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

This advanced programme of study is aimed at qualified nurses who already have professional nursing experience in their chosen field. As such, it is a vocationally-orientated course, which aims to put you at the cutting-edge of teaching, research and thinking in terms of contemporary nursing practice. 

The course will give you the skills and experience you need to develop your career and to act as a leader and innovator in the field of nursing.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 100% of postgraduates from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy taught courses and research courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,070 with the highest being £45,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for NHS trusts (eg. clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, modern matrons), universities (eg. lecturers and senior academics, lecturer practitioners, researchers) and in private practice.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

 
 

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