Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: Up to 3 years

Course level




Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

If you are an NMC Registered Nurse, this will enable you to:


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This course will enable you, as an experienced NMC Registered Nurse, to expand your knowledge, skills and proficiency in your role as a Community Specialist Practitioner, and to progress to independent scholarship.

You will study modules that are linked to clinical practice, such as public health and health promotion, research methodologies, principles of practice assessment and leading for quality to help your professional development. You will focus on the importance of leadership and develop an in-depth knowledge of professional roles, so you can bring about integrated and high quality health and social care.

Half of your time will be spent on placement, giving you hands-on experience that will support the theoretical aspects you have studied. You will study the Postgraduate Diploma full-time for one year or part-time for two years in order to gain the specialist recordable qualification. The optional MSc stage will take a further year. You will be taught using a range of methods including lectures, workshops, seminars and problem solving. Assessment is through assignments, exams and presentations.

During the MSc stage you will carry out an extended, innovative and critical research study, systematic literature review or practice-based project which analyses and evaluates an aspect of your specialist nursing area.

This course meets Nursing and Midwifery Council standards, so you will gain a recordable qualification in District Nursing or General Practice

We are proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that you’re learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change. Please check the website for the latest information.

What you will study

By completing this Programme you will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of clinical practice, care and caseload management, clinical practice leadership and clinical practice development, to enable you to become and independent prescriber. Whilst studying on this programme you will spend equal amounts of time in clinical practice and the learning environment. This means you will gain a mixture of theory and practical experience supporting you to provide effective, high quality patients care that is person centred and in the patients’ best interests.

You will study module such as:

Applied V100 prescribing/V300 Non-medical prescribing.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Postgraduate Live Online Events

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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How you will learn

This course involves a range of delivery, including lectures, workshops, seminars, group discussions, action learning sets and problem based learning.

How you're assessed

You will be assessed through assignments, exams, presentations, and the production of a practice portfolio. You will also be assessed on your placement by your practice teacher.

Entry requirements

You should:

The student will have successfully applied for a clinical secondment/sponsorship with a local Care Provider/employer prior to applying for this Programme.

It is the Employers responsibility to ensure that any necessary Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and health checks are carried out, proof of this and indemnity will be required prior to commencement of the Programme.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees (August 2020 - July 2021)

Please contact us for fee information for this course.

Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.

How to apply


You will gain a qualification which meets the standards of proficiency, and fits with the current health agenda in the area of community specialist practice, so it will really boost your career.

Contact us

Course: Louise Boole (Programme leader) +44 (0)1332 592351

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.