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Postgrad Diploma Adult Nursing

Make a difference to people’s lives at the forefront of healthcare delivery.

Key Information

Start date

September 2018


Minimum 2 years full-time.


Full-time: £9,250 *

UCAS code


Who is it for?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Nursing is designed for students who already have a degree and are looking for progression and further challenges which can be fulfilled by undertaking a rewarding and lifelong career within the nursing profession.

For those starting in September 2018 a new postgraduate pre-registration scholarship, worth £4,450, is available to those who display either clinical or academic excellence.

Throughout the course, students will develop their knowledge, skills and interests in both general medicine and surgery in addition to specialist areas. They will learn through a range of methods including academic study, simulated practice learning and clinical placements where they will have the opportunity to work alongside other health care professionals in a multidisciplinary team.

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Nursing prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career caring for adults of all ages who have had injuries, suffered accidents, acquired disease or have a range of healthcare needs.

Adult nursing is a challenging and fulfilling profession; as an adult nurse you need to be committed and dedicated with the willingness to give time to others with care and compassion. You will learn the skills of clinical decision-making that is supported by knowledge and experience of providing healthcare to a diverse population.

The course combines theoretical study with clinical experience gained at London’s leading hospitals, trusts and community settings. The School's facilities feature an excellent Clinical Skills Centre, including simulated wards, where you can prepare for your practice experience. Whilst on clinical placements you will also benefit from exposure to the capital’s diverse population.


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) logo

On successful graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.

Additional qualifications may be required in some countries.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you must have:

  • a lower second class honours degree or above.
  • an awareness of health or health-related care issues.
  • a minimum of a grade 4 pass (C) at GCSE English and Mathematics. Please note, we will not accept any equivalent qualification, only GCSEs.

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 Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is required.

Shortlisted prospective applicants will be required to attend a selection process held at City, University of London where they will be required to demonstrate their numerical and literacy skills in addition to values that match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page.

English requirements

If you are educated outside of an English speaking country, without GCSEs are required to hold IELTS at:

IELTS: 7.0 overall band score; with at least 7.0 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections.

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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications must be made through UCAS. using the UCAS code 3012.

Applications for entry in September 2018 should be made between 1st September 2017 and 15th January 2018. We welcome applications after 15th January 2018 but you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Subject to successful achievement at the Assessment Day applicants will be invited to a Selection Day where they will be required to demonstrate their communication skills and articulate their reasons for wishing to undertake the course in an interview situation.

Successful applicants must complete a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim in order to obtain a place on the course.

For enquiries please contact the School of Health Sciences Admissions Office:


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000.

years’ experience of educating the capital’s nurses
in London for Nursing (Complete University Guide 2019)
of graduates are in full time employment/ further study within six months of completing the course (DLHE survey 2014-15)

More about fees

* For Home/EU students, the fee for this course will be £9,250 for each year of study for the duration of your studies.


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

The Department of Health and Social Care has now confirmed that from August 2018 this course will be eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loans via Student Finance England. The loan will support your studies and enable you to start a rewarding career in healthcare.

In addition, the School of Health Sciences at City is pleased to offer new scholarships worth £4,450 for students starting this course in 2018 who display either clinical or academic excellence.

Find out more about the loan arrangements, scholarships and additional financial support available.

The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students is subject to confirmation. Details will be confirmed on the course pages.

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.


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.

Learn more about the course

School of Health Sciences - Excellence in Clinical Skills and Research

Staff and students at City's School of Health Sciences showcase the School's new interdisciplinary Clinical Skills Centre designed to mirror 'real' health care environments and provide an adaptable, modern and appropriate space for both teaching and research.


Half of your time as a student will be spent gaining practice experience through laboratory based simulated practice and through clinical placements in health care settings.

Simulated Practice

Simulated practice is a significant component of your practice learning experience and will provide opportunities for you to rehearse a range of practical nursing skills and enact scenarios in a realistic, but safe simulated environment in our excellent clinical laboratories supervised by  lecturers.  Through this experience you will develop confidence as you prepare for your practice experience and gain a sense of purpose and belonging to the nursing profession.

Clinical Placements

Clinical placements can take place in a variety of settings such as:

  • General Practice (GP) surgeries
  • Nursing homes
  • NHS and independent sector hospitals
  • Patients' homes and in community settings.

Placements take place within our partnership of healthcare providers in Central and North East London who provide you with clinical placements, including Barts Health NHS Trust, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional knowledge and skills.

Academic facilities

Clinical Skills Centre

Facilities at City include the excellent fully equipped Clinical Skills Centre in addition to an interactive Biological Sciences Laboratory.

Many of the clinical practice placements offer the opportunity for students to experience environments where clinical diagnostic tests are performed and in addition operating theatres where surgical procedures are carried out.

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Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by academics who:

  • have a background and expertise in adult nursing and an up-to-date knowledge of clinical practice
  • have an advanced level of knowledge of the biological and social sciences and public health and the ability to apply this knowledge to the delivery of care
  • are specialist Clinical Practitioners who have contemporary knowledge of their field including up-to-date research evidence.

You will also work with service users who have an insight and understanding of the requirements of care delivery by nurses from a personal perspective.

Course activities include the following:

  • Lectures delivered by experts in their field
  • Biological science laboratory work
  • Seminar presentations
  • Development of Clinical Skills expertise
  • Professional issues workshops
  • Interactive learning using biological science and clinical skills on-line packages
  • Simulated practice of clinical experience in the Clinical Skills Centre
  • Workshops to develop understanding of different fields of care such as Learning Difficulties, Mental Health and Dementia
  • Personal and Group tutorials
  • Clinical Practice allocations

Assessments include the following:

  • Scenario based Examinations – 100%
  • Reflective Essays – 100%
  • Seminar Presentation Report – 100%
  • Case Study Analysis – 100%
  • Leadership and Management Strategy Analysis course work – 100%
  • Clinical OSCE – 100%

Clinical Practice Assessment – Pass/Fail

The strength of the programme is the variety of assessment methods in both theory and practice. There is a range of examinations, coursework and OSCEs to support students to achieve the required standard

External examiners, 2016


This course is based on the theory of relationship-centred care and the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. These themes are explored in the context of acute and long-term care and later in the course there is an emphasis on leading and managing in professional practice.

The course has three parts with two progression points which must be successfully completed in order to progress to the next part. The modular structure of the programme is developmental and students study at HE level 7 throughout the programme with students expected to demonstrate increasing levels of self-directed independent study as the programme progresses.

Student independent learning time varies during the programme and is focused more in the theory modules and averages between 30-50 hours a week.

All modules are compulsory.

Compulsory modules

Part One of the course is 26 weeks and focuses on the Foundations in Health and Nursing. This part includes the following modules:

  • HSM001 Relationship Centred Care and Concepts of Biology for Health (Theory)
  • HSM101 Engaging in Practice 1 (Practice)

Part Two is 37 weeks and focuses on acute and long term care. This part includes the following modules:

  • HSM132 Experiencing Acute Care, Diagnostics and Treatment (Theory)
  • HSM201 Engaging in Practice 2 (Practice)
  • HSM043 Experiencing Long Term Care, Rehabilitation and Recovery (Theory)

Part Three is 27 weeks and focuses on the development of leaders and managers of care. This part includes the following modules:

  • HSM051 Leading and Managing in Professional Practice (Theory)
  • HSM301 Engaging in Practice 3 (Practice)

Depending on the RPL Practice claim submitted by students there is a further 500 hours of clinical practice to be completed.

Holidays are not included in the above hours and all modules are compulsory.

Module details

The required hours for the course are 1,800 clinical practice (the remaining 500 are either completed at the end of the course or by using the RPL practice claim route). The theory hours (including assessment time) are 1,625 in addition to the credited 675 RPL hours claimed as entry criteria to the programme.

The hours per week during clinical practice are 37.5. There are a mixture of lecture and small group sessions and hours are between 4 and 9 hours a week during the theoretical component of the course.  The six simulated practice weeks are each 37.5 hours of small group clinical skill/workshop experience.

  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for Adult Nursing working in the School of Health Sciences.

Career prospects

Career prospects are excellent with Postgraduate Diploma students securing employment as Band 5 Staff Nurses with Trusts including Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospital's NHS Foundation Trust.

Nursing is a lifelong career and there are excellent progression opportunities in clinical management, education, research and clinical specialisms and many and varied career paths ranging from sister/ charge nurse, community nurse to nurse director. Specialisms include the following:

  • Breast Care nurse specialist
  • Diabetic nurse specialist
  • Emergency and Trauma care specialist
  • Practice Nursing

Postgraduates can complete the MSc programme at City. In order to be awarded an MSc you need 180 credits at level 7 (M level). Postgraduates will have 120 credits if a merit\distinction has been awarded you will be able to consider this option after you have finished the course.

100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Adult Nursing

UCAS code: 3012

Applications must be made through UCAS. using the UCAS code 3012.

Applications for entry in September 2018 should be made between 1st September 2017 and 15th January 2018. We welcome applications after 15th January 2018 but you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Subject to successful achievement at the Assessment Day applicants will be invited to a Selection Day where they will be required to demonstrate their communication skills and articulate their reasons for wishing to undertake the course in an interview situation.

Successful applicants must complete a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim in order to obtain a place on the course.

For enquiries please contact the School of Health Sciences Admissions Office:


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000.

Contact details

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