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Nursing with registration (graduate entry) PG Dip

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Nursing with registration is an innovative two-year programme, which enables graduates from other disciplines to gain professional registration in Adult, Children's or Mental Health nursing through postgraduate study. This course will permit you to develop your nursing skills and build your knowledge of professional and ethical practice.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

  • No.1 Nursing Faculty in the UK and 3rd in the world (2017 QS World University Rankings)

  • Study in the heart of London

  • Pathways for Adult Nursing, Children's Nursing and Mental Health Nursing.

  • NHS bursaries available for tuition fees and maintenance for students starting the Postgraduate Diploma programmes in 2017.

  • Partnerships with world-class teaching hospitals including Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, South London & Maudsley NHS Trust.

  • Links with industry, health services and policy makers.

  • Excellent employability. Our graduates are highly sought after nationally and internationally.

  • Renowned for the quality of our research work.

  • World-class academics and gifted students from all walks of life.

  • Approachable, available and supportive staff.

  • Located in the heart of London, across four of King's Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas' and Guy's) and the Denmark Hill Campus in south London. 

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Two years full time

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 120/ECTS 60

Programme accreditations Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Course intake 183

Course leaders

PGDip Adult Nursing Lead: Dr Lynn Sayer ( ; PGDip Children's Nursing Lead: Dr Edward Purssell (; PGDip Mental Health Nursing Lead: Sharon Jupp (

Further details

Course contact for further information

Undergraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7162

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care



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Course detail


This postgraduate nursing programme is designed for graduates from other disciplines who wish to gain professional registration in Adult, Children's or Mental Health Nursing. The programme runs over two years. 

The programme focuses on quality care, cutting edge clinical skills and is designed to be both research intensive and research informed. You will learn the pivotal roles of nurse and client, while developing your nursing skills and building your knowledge of professional and ethical practice. This innovative programme ensures our students meet the registration requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. 

Subjects such as nursing bioscience, professional practice, research, evidence-based practice, policy and clinical leadership, as well as adult, children's or mental health nursing are studied. The programme is divided between theoretical modules and clinical practice, with blocks of time spent in clinical placement.

You will have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of healthcare settings. Opportunities for national and international electives are also offered.

Course purpose

The primary aim of the programme is to support students as they progress towards registered practitioner level and beyond, and to provide a framework within which they can acquire and demonstrate both generic transferable competencies and those specific to their area of practice.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

Main Hall lectures; facilitated seminars; clinical skills workshops; electronic learning materials; optional opportunities to explore nursing through various media; use of enquiry-based learning; learning in a variety of health care environments Assessment strategies include: electronic examination; clinical portfolio; essays; peer review; assessment of clinical learning.

Extra information

All students on nursing programmes are required to undertake an enhanced DBS check and all must give consent to this. Completed DBS checks must be received prior to the student undertaking any clinical placement. All students attend Occupational Health (OH) on entry the programme. All applicants are required to make an APEL claim. Pre-registration nursing programmes should normally be no less than three years. However, the use of APEL permits us to offer a programme of two years duration to those applicants who can show evidence of prior learning relevant to the programme.


Year 1

Required Modules

Adult Pathway

Year One:

  • Professional Knowledge and Skills for Nursing Practice

  • Nursing Bioscience

  • Nursing Adults 1

  • Principles and Practice of Healthcare Research.

Year Two:

  • Evidence for Healthcare Practice

  • Nursing Adults 2

  • Policy and Politics for Clinical Leadership.


Children's Pathway

Year One:

  • Professional Knowledge and Skills for Nursing Practice

  • Nursing Bioscience

  • Applied Children's Nursing Theory, Policy and Practice

  • Principles and Practice of Healthcare Research.

Year Two:

  • Evidence for Healthcare Practice

  • The Child in Children's Nursing

  • Policy and Politics for Clinical Leadership.


Mental Health Pathway

Year One:

  • Professional Knowledge and Skills for Nursing Practice

  • Nursing Bioscience

  • Assesment, Formulation and Management of Care

  • Principles and Practice of Healthcare Research.

Year Two:

  • Evidence for Healthcare Practice

  • Engagement and Recovery

  • Policy and Politics for Clinical Leadership.


In addition there is a formative and summative assessment of clinical practice monitored through a clinical practice assessment document.

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Normally Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent) and 575 hours (approximately equivalent to four months FT) healthcare-related experience.  

Applicants who have achieved a high 2:2 may still be considered, and will need to ensure they include their grades for each module for all years of study on their application, or attach a transcript from all years of study at the time of application.

Successful applicants will be asked to complete an RPEL (Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning) claim form. Further information regarding RPEL can be found here.

It is highly desirable for applicants to have studied Biology or Human Science to GCSE level or equivalent.

Application procedure

For entry onto any of the nursing pathways in September 2018

Applications must be made through UCAS.

UCAS is the University and Colleges Admissions Service. Please see the UCAS website on instructions on how to apply. The UCAS institution code name for King’s is KCL, and the institution code is K60.

The UCAS codes for the different programmes are:
B741 – Adult branch
B731 – Children's branch
B761 – Mental Health branch 

Please note: Applicants who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma programme may apply via King's Apply for the MSc Nursing programme.


Meeting the Numeracy & Literacy requirements for the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements  

If applicant has already achieved grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English, or equivalents, including overseas equivalents and Functional Skills, they will not be required to sit the Numeracy & Literacy test.  

If applicant has not yet achieved the GCSE Maths and/or English requirement, or equivalents, including overseas equivalents and Functional Skills, but is currently studying for them, they will need to sit the corresponding test(s). This does not include Access applicants.  

Access applicants that have not achieved GCSE English and/or Maths grade C or above or equivalents, including overseas equivalents and Functional Skills, will need to sit the Numeracy & Literacy test(s).

Applicants who will need an English test as part of their academic entry requirements will not need to sit the Literacy test, as meeting the English Language policy means they will meet the Literacy requirements. 

Personal statement and supporting information

A personal statement will be required when you apply through UCAS or King's Apply. Applicants will also be required to provide a reference as part of their application along with details on their qualifications.

Application closing date

For entry onto any of the nursing pathways in September 2018

The initial deadline for applications was 15 January 2018. This has now been extended. The final applications deadline for UK/EU nationals and international students is 30 June 2018.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: NHS Funded*
  • Full time overseas fees: N/A
  • Part time UK fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

*For academic year 2017/18

The Government has confirmed bursaries for tuition fees and maintenance for students commencing Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing programmes in the academic year 2017/18. This is a transitional arrangement only for new entrants in the academic year 2017/18 until a longer-term solution is finalised from 2018/19 onwards. Further information can be found in the Department of Health Reforming healthcare education funding report (p.10-11 and p.16 for the postgraduate information):

*For academic year 2018/19

King’s is awaiting information from Higher Education England about the financial support for students entering Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing programmes in academic year 2018/19.  We will update this page as soon as information is available.

Please note: further details about NHS funded courses and bursaries, including eligibility criteria, are available here

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Further information coming soon.

Career destinations

Registered Nurse positions in a range of leading NHS Trusts and with other health care providers.


Next steps

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