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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing/ Health Visiting/School Nursing MSc/PG Dip

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This MSc/PG Dip is the professional qualification for nurses who wish to gain entry to part three of the NMC nursing register as a health visitor or school nurse. Places on this programme are sponsored centrally through service commissioners and in partnership with health visiting and school nursing service providers.

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


    Benefits of the Postgraduate Diploma include:
  • No.1 Nursing Faculty in the UK and 2nd in the world (2019 QS World University Rankings)
  • Completion of clinically-focused evidence-based core modules.
  • Access to lecturers who are active researchers in health visiting and school nursing.
  • Access to extracurricular seminars and lectures given by leaders in healthcare from around the world.
  • 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 Typically students take one year to complete the Postgraduate Diploma, or two years if studies are undertaken part-time.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 120/ECTS 60

Course intake 20-60

Course leaders

Cameron Cox, cameron.cox@kcl.ac.uk

Further details

Course contact for further information

Before you apply: Use our Enquiry Form

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

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


You will undertake core modules in leadership in public health, evidence-based practice, healthcare research, child protection, specialist practice and for health visiting students, nurse prescribing. School nursing students may choose a clinically focussed option after discussion with the pathway leader. 

Please see our frequently asked questions here.

Course purpose

These pathways are designed to furnish qualified nurses with the evidence to demonstrate eligibility to register their specialist practitioner status with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). They may also suit registered practitioners who are supporting autonomous practice, supporting educational and practice development or exercising clinical leadership and who seek further educational opportunities to further this.

Further literature

For further information about our postgraduate opportunities, please visit our Faculty Postgraduate Study handbook here.

Course format and assessment

The programme begins in mid-September. Assessment is predominantly by coursework but at least one module is assessed by examination. Most modules have a single assessment and in addition students write up a project that analyses the research base or policy in an area of their choice.

Following successful completion of this course, students can opt to take a 60 credit dissertation as part of the MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing: Health Visiting/School Nursing course, where they can seek credit exemption (APL) for their 120 credits completed throughout this course.


Year 1

Required Modules
  • Delivering the Healthy Child Programme
  • Evidence Based Practice

  • Child Protection: Assessment & Intervention

  • Prescribing from the Community Nursing Formulary

  • Leadership skills for Public Health Nursing

  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Nursing: Assessment & Treatment

  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice Portfolio


Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Document checklist
Minimum UK requirements 2:1 The normal entry requirement for graduate study is a Bachelor's degree with minimum 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent). Applicants with other backgrounds or qualifications, including those without a first degree, can be considered. If you do not meet the normal entry requirements or you have only the minimum academic standard you should pay particular attention in preparing your supporting statement and CV to ensure that you draw attention to evidence of potential success at graduate level. This might include publications, preparation of substantial reports or active participation in service development initiatives or funded research. 
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements. 
Other requirements   Applicants wishing to enrol on this pathway must have secured sponsorship from a community healthcare organisation for the duration of the programme. Applicants must be a qualified or newly registered level 1 nurse (all branches) or midwife.


Application procedure

Applicants to the PGDip SCPHN Programme require sponsorship from a community healthcare organisation.  These organisations advertise their sponsorships for health visiting and school nurse training through NHS Jobs. To gain updates on the process contact the Programme Leader.

If you wish to apply to study at King's and you are a registered nurse (level 1) with a first degree at a 2:1 or above, you also need to complete our application form.

Your King's application is made in addition to the application for Trust sponsorship through NHS Jobs. You may complete the King's application form at any time but you can only obtain a place on the programme of study if you have obtained sponsorship from a Trust.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages).

Previous Academic Study  Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
Reference Yes One reference is required, professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Yes You need to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.  

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below: 

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021 

  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021 


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 Home fees: NHS funded
  • Full time overseas fees: N/A
  • Part time Home fees: NHS funded
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

King’s is awaiting information from Higher Education England about the financial support for students entering Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing programmes in academic year 2019/20.  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


Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Binding costs
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

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.


Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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