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Adult Nursing  Postgrad Diploma

Overview

Find out more funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Nursing prepares you for a rewarding career at the forefront of modern healthcare.

Adult nursing is a challenging and fulfilling profession - you will be caring for adults of all ages who may have injuries, suffered accidents, are suffering or recovering from disease or have a range of healthcare needs. You need to be committed and dedicated with the willingness to give time to others with care and compassion.

Adult nursing is a profession that allows you to really make a positive change to other peoples’ lives.

Who is the course for?

Our graduate-entry courses allow graduates with a first degree from disciplines other than healthcare to gain a pre-registration health qualification in approximately two years as opposed to the usual three - providing a fast-track route into health.

Is this course right for you?

The Postgraduate Diploma is designed for students who are committed to adult nursing as a career. You will need to have:

  • Excellent people skills.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Dedication and a commitment to the essence of care.
  • Confidence to work in challenging and stressful environments.
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

Why study Adult Nursing at City University London?

  • Broaden your knowledge through a range of clinical placements which take place in London's leading hospitals and within community settings.
  • Excellent facilities, state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre on campus at Northampton Square
  • Fast track into a career in adult nursing by completing the pre-registration qualification in two years.
  • Learn via our flexible and innovative virtual learning environments and clinical skills platforms - ensuring you are prepared for a hospital environment.
  • Gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Tuition fees paid by the NHS - a bursary from the NHS can also be made available to eligible students.

Download tuition fees and bursary information for NHS funded courses

15 credit research module - Home - £1000. Overseas - £2000.
30 credit research module - Home - £2000. Overseas - £4000.
Dissertation Module - Home - £2000. Overseas - £4000.

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Conversion to MSc

Students who have successfully completed their Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing at City University London should consider “topping up” their degree to a masters degree.

Entry points are in September and January of each year.

For further information on the MSc conversion please visit the Careers/ Further Study section, or contact Alison Coutts (A.M.Coutts@city.ac.uk)

To apply please contact pghealth@city.ac.uk

Entry Requirements:

Applications are welcomed from a wide range of disciplines with a first or second class honours degree, applicants must show an awareness of health or health-related care issues.

Applicants must demonstrate competency in spoken and written English and numeracy through GCSE Maths and English at A*-C.

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS.
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Start Date:

The course starts in September 2016.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applications are welcomed from a wide range of disciplines with a first or second class honours degree, applicants must show an awareness of health or health-related care issues.

Applicants must demonstrate competency in spoken and written English and numeracy through GCSE Maths and English at A*-C.

We also take into account previous work experience.

You will be required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearing. Academic and character references may be requested. Successful completion of Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) is required.

Due to the high demand for places on NHS funded courses, as well as meeting the stated academic entry requirements, applicants will be required to attend a selection day held at City University London. You will be asked to complete the NHS Constitution Assessment, which is used to demonstrate that your values match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:

IELTS: 7.0 overall; with at least 7.0 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections
GCSE: English language grade C

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
The course starts in September 2016.
Duration:
Full-time: two year course or two years and 14 weeks depending upon previous clinical experience. You are required to apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) to reduce the course length. The course is a fast-track route for graduates through the standard three year BSc Nursing course.

Course Content

Students are given the opportunity to combine theoretical study with clinical experience.
You will be part of a 'community of practice' where you can work in some of London's leading hospitals and community settings. This will provide you with a unique opportunity to provide culturally sensitive care within a diverse world city.

The diploma is taught by expert staff who are leaders in the field of Adult nursing.

The School previously incorporated the St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery - this gives students a unique opportunity to benefit from over a 100 year teaching history.

You will have the option to upgrade your Postgraduate Diploma to an MSc during the final year by undertaking additional part-time modules.

Course Structure

In the first year of your Adult Nursing Diploma your study will include clinical and communication skills and ethics. Throughout the course you will develop knowledge in the principles and application of biology, physiology and pathology. During the course you will also study modules directly related to the specialist area of nursing you have chosen. There is also shared learning between mental health, child and adult fields.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching includes lecture sessions, workshops, small group activities and discussions and whole class discussion.

Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of the Postgraduate Diploma, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. The practice element is assessed by the development of a portfolio of practice and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. Modules are also assessed through essays or seminars.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS.

As a student on a PG Dip Nursing (Adult, Child or Mental Health) course at City University London you will be entitled to funding from the National Health Service (NHS) which will cover the full costs of your tuition fees for the duration of your course. The funding is not a loan and you will not be expected to pay any tuition costs back after you graduate from the course.*

Most students are also entitled to apply for an income assessed bursary which is intended to support you with living costs which is also non-repayable.

Find out more about financial support

Find out more funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website.

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Conversion to MSc

The conversion fee for 2016-2017 is £2,000 for home/EU students and £4,000 for overseas students. Please note that fees are subject to change on an annual basis.

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Bursaries

The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January:

Placements

You will spend around 50% of your time on clinical placements. This takes place in settings such as acute care, GP surgeries, nursing homes, private hospitals, patients' homes and in the community.

Most placements are within our 'community of practice', a partnership of healthcare providers within the North East London area - allowing you to become familiar with the needs of the local community and its healthcare providers.

Clinical placements and Communities of Practice

Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional skills. They help you become fit for practice, fit for purpose and fit for award by the time you complete your programme. Each placement provides you with educational opportunities to develop your professional skills.

Placements are undertaken within Communities of Practice. A Community of Practice is a group of healthcare practitioners, who share specific professional interests such as midwifery, mental health nursing, children's nursing, primary care and public health care or adult nursing.

Career Prospects

nullSuccessful graduates from this Diploma in Adult Nursing will be registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) which provides a professional qualification which is internationally recognised.

The Postgraduate Diploma Adult Nursing will accelerate your career progression and open up a variety of fascinating career opportunities.

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Conversion to MSc

Students who have successfully completed their Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing at City University London should consider “topping up” their degree to a masters degree; MSc in Nursing. Students who have successfully graduated from the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing at City University London can convert to an MSc within 3 years of completion (this usually means starting the conversion within 2 years of finishing the Postgraduate Diploma). Once students have graduated they can enrol for the conversion in either September or January.

Entry to this programme is not automatic, and places are limited. Students whose PG Dip were awarded with a distinction or merit will be at an advantage.

In order to be awarded a MSc, students are required to complete a dissertation, which is a major piece of research. In order to facilitate this students are advised to undertake a taught module in research methods (15 credit and 30 credit versions available), if not completed before, which can be taken immediately prior to commencing the dissertation.  Students undertaking the research module are eligible to a 50% discount on the module fee. If you are a PG Diploma Nursing graduate from before September 2012 then you must take and pass a 15 credit research module before you can register for the dissertation. You will be eligible for a 50% discount on this module.

For your dissertation you may choose different formats for your research, the options will be explained to you during two half-study days. You will also have one or two supervisors to help you in developing your work. The submission takes one of two forms, either a small scale piece of research, written up in the style of a journal article (this doesn't have to be submitted or published for the award of an MSc), or a 15,000 word dissertation. Most students do the conversion on a part-time basis (half to one day per week). The MSc conversion takes 12 months. Students will need to complete their project within this timescale.

Entry points are in September and January of each year.

The fee for the dissertation for 2016-17 is £2000
The fee for the 15 credit research module is £1000
The fee for the 30 credit research module is £2000

For further information on the MSc conversion please contact Alison Coutts (A.M.Coutts@city.ac.uk).

To apply please contact pghealth@city.ac.uk.

About the School and Department

School of Health Sciences


Applications must be made through UCAS.

Please note that for operational reasons applications should be made through the undergraduate section of UCAS and not UKPASS using the course code listed below. When submitting an application please ensure you list all your educational qualifications including those achieved at GCSE (or overseas equivalent) as these form part of the entry criteria.

UCAS codes

Institution code: C60

3012 - Postgraduate Diploma in Adult nursing

Enquiries

For enquiries about the admissions process, please contact our admissions team:

T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000

E: health@city.ac.uk