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Cervical Cytology - MSc CPPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

This module can be taken as a “stand-alone” module, for nurses and other practitioners seeking to develop their skills, or as part of a PGDip or MSc programme.

This module aims facilitate you in taking a lead in your area in the provision of this major aspect of preventative health, within National Health Service [NHS] cervical screening programme, and the relevant skills and evidence base for your role as a cervical sampler.

The content of the module will examine the underlying principles of the NHS cervical screening and general principles of screening in the United Kingdom.   The course content will identify risk factors associated with cervical abnormalities and enable you to understand the natural history of cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer, whilst understanding the current and future developments related to cervical screening. You will be examining how to deliver lifestyle and other advice to clients.

There will be teaching on the skill of cervical sampling, including history taking and infection control, as well as addressing the needs of women with special requirements. There will be visits and presentations on the role of the laboratory and colposcopy departments to provide you with an understanding of these roles related to cervical screening.

Module dates

MAR: Monday 16, 17 and 18 March 2020

Module Submission Date: 20 April 2020

The university taught days are: 16, 17 and 18 March 2020. A date will be provided when a visit to a Pathology Laboratory will be arranged for students.

The exam for the module will be 20 April 2020. The submission date for the skills schedule of 20 supervised smear samples will be 14 September 2020.

Term 3

JUN: Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17 and 24 June 2020

In addition to the above dates, there will be an additional day to visit the cytology laboratory in London.



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

  • You must be registered in the United Kingdom as a nurse with a current NMC pin without restrictions on practice.
  • You must have an identified assessor who will directly supervise the student taking 20 supervised smear tests.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS:  7.0



Level 7. Code NMM320

The assessment is in 2 parts and both must be passed to be awarded the 15 credits.

Part 1 consists of a skills schedule and the student must complete 20 supervised smear samples as well as including the annonymised results.  Students must attain a true adequacy rate of 95% for all their samples.

Part 2 is an exam, which is a MCQ consisting of 10 questions AND 1 problem based scenario.  It is the scenario that allows you to demonstrate your analytical and evaluative skills, which are characteristic of studying at master’s level.

In order for you to complete your portfolio it is therefore imperative that you are working in this area of practice, or have arrangements in place for the required level of supervision.

Module leaders

  • Marie Hill

    Marie C. Hill is a Senior Lecturer in Practice Nursing in the School of Health Sciences having completed her BSc (Hons) Nursing and Master’s in Health Management in Kings College London and City University London respectively. Marie qualified as a Registered General Nurse in the United Kingdom, after which she worked ...