Postgraduate study
This programme aims to equip its graduates to advance their own working practice, advance the profession of nursing, and positively impact patient care outcomes.
PGDip Advanced Nursing
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. 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
6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£5,190 - Terms apply
International fees
£11,940 - Terms apply
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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 (60 credits).

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

Key facts

  • Ranked 4th in the UK and 28th in the world according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
  • 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
  • Our teaching team includes a number of Senior Fellows and Fellows of the Higher Education Academy

Full 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.



Compulsory modules

Students must take all modules in this group:

Autumn Semester
  • The principles and methods of evidence based practice in health and social care (20 credits)
  • Dimensions of advanced nursing (20 credits)
Spring Semester
  • Leadership and governance in health and social care (20 credits)


Optional modules

Students choose one 40 credit module, one 30 credit module or two 20 credit modules from the following options in the Autumn semester:

Autumn Semester
  • History taking clinical examination and clinical decision making 1 (40 credits)
  • Critical and High Dependency Care of Neonates, Infants and Children 1 (30 credits)
  • Adult Critical Care: Contemporary Care of Renal, Cardiac and Respiratory Disorders (30 credits)
  • Foundations in Mental Health of Children, Young People and their Families (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Quality and Improvement Science (20 credits)
  • Work based learning projects (30 credits)

The remaining credits are accrued by selecting optional modules from the School of Health Sciences portfolio below:

Spring Semester
  • Pain Management (30 credits)
  • Critical and High Dependency Care of Neonates, Infants and Children 2 (30 credits)
  • Adult Critical Care: Contemporary Care of the Traumatically Injured, Neurological and Endocrine Disorders (30 credits)
  • History taking clinical examination and clinical decision making 2 (20 credits)
  • Teaching and Learning in Health & Social Care (30 credits)
  • Working with People who Self-harm across the Lifespan (20 credits)
  • Therapeutic interventions and approaches for children, young people and their families Mental Health (20 credits)
  • Organisational aspects of risk, safety and quality (20 credits)
  • Portfolio Module (10 credits)
  • Contemporary management in diabetes/contemporary management in diabetes (30 credits)

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and 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 and professional development

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 2017, 100% of postgraduates from the School of Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The median starting salary was £32,000*

*Based on known destinations of full-time, UK, postgraduates who were available for work or further study 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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 University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.  

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.   

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

*The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research. 


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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to 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 the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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