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Nursing (Specialist District Nursing) with NMC Recordable SPQ MSc/PG Dip

Nursing (Specialist District Nursing) is unique and innovative, designed to meet the needs of nursing practitioners who wish to advance their knowledge and skills to expert specialist level within their current practice domain.


The course specifically caters for clinically experienced nurses seeking a flexible route to a master’s level qualification that has a recordable Specialist Practitioner Qualification (PG Diploma only) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Reasons to study Nursing (Specialist District Nursing) with NMC Recordable SPQ at DMU:

  • With an integrated theory and practice approach, you will develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for safe and effective specialist practice to patients and clients, as well as the confidence to deliver higher level clinical decision making, make consistent developments and advancements in clinical healthcare, and drive through strategic or operational change within your workplace
  • Our strong links with clinical practice, combined with direct input and teaching from experienced colleagues in clinical settings, ensures your learning is relevant to current practice
  • You will benefit from experienced visiting lecturers, ensuring your learning is at the cutting-edge of developments in the sector
  • Our practitioner, researchers, and academic staff are experienced specialists in clinical areas of practice and will offer a unique perspective to your learning
  • Inter-professional learning develops your ability to work as part of a multi-professional team
  • You will obtain a specialist practitioner recordable qualification with the NMC
  • Through the form of a project you can undertake a service development initiative to positively impact upon the patient experience as part of the master's qualification 

This is a standard programme and you will not need to select individual modules when making your application. Specialist academic and clinical colleagues have worked collaboratively to develop expert core and clinical modules for the following areas:

  • Specialist District Nursing including Community Formulary Prescribing v100 (full-time or part-time)

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

PG Dip - Normally two years part-time or one year full-time (for district nursing pathway only)

MSc - normally three to six years part-time
Certificate in Accountability and Consultation Skills : One year over two semesters
PG Diploma Nursing (Specialist) Practice with/without NMC SPQ : Normally two years part-time (or one year full-time for district nursing students only)
MSc Nursing (Specialist) Practice with/without NMC SPQ : Normally three to six years part-time

Days of attendance differ between modules and delivery mode

Induction : There is a three day specific induction for this course

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
Full-time 15 credit taught module £525
60 credit dissertation £2,100
Part-time 15 credit taught module £525
60 credit dissertation £2,100

To be eligible for this programme you need to be an employee of a community nursing trust, and will be seconded on to the programme following an interview with your mananger.

For further information please contact:
Donna Edwards
Programme Lead

Not available to international students

Entry criteria

  • A UK honours degree (2:2 or above in a relevant subject, or equivalent)
  • A minimum of 60 credits (inclusive of research) at level 6 plus three years’ clinical experience
  • Effective registration on the NMC professional register
  • At least two years’ clinical experience in nursing in a chosen field of practice, and demonstration of experience in leadership, within your clinical area either through continued professional development (CPD) or publication of clinical articles/material
  • You should also be able to demonstrate that you have the requisite clinical skills and relevant CPD required and therefore be in a position to develop higher level skills
  • Demonstration of direct and continuing contact with clients who have specialist care needs, prior to and continuing throughout the duration of the course
  • Provide two references, one giving emphasis to academic ability and the second relevant to clinical experience
  • You will be expected to attend an interview

You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (if you are overseas you will also need to submit a criminal records certificate from your home country), before starting the course, which need to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admission policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise


Course modules

PG Certificate in Accountability and Consultation Skills (non-NMC recordable) - all modules to be undertaken by all students:

  • Accountable Practitioner (15 credits) - semester one
  • Using Evidence to Develop Service and Advance Nursing Practice (15 credits) - semester one
  • Physical and Psychosocial Examination and Consultation Skills for Specialist Practice (30 credits) - semester two

For the PG Diploma, the nature and focus of the core modules demonstrate a commitment to give you not only the knowledge and skills to provide effective specialist nursing practice to patients and clients, but the confidence to drive through change at a strategic or operational level within your workplace. The range of optional modules allows you to tailor the course to your professional needs.

PG Dip/MSc core modules (NMC recordable) - all modules to be undertaken by all students:

  • Accountable Practitioner (15 credits) - semester one, year one
  • Influencing/Innovating and Problem Solving in Clinical Practice (15 credits) - semester two, year two
  • Physical and Psychosocial Examination and Consultation Skills for Specialist Practice (30 credits) - semester two, year two
  • Using Evidence to Develop Service and Advance Nursing Practice (15 credits) - semester one, year one

PG Dip/MSc ‘expertise’ modules (NMC recordable) - one only to be undertaken by all students:

Semester one, year two

  • Developing Expertise in District Nursing (30 credits) - with v100 Community Formulary prescribing “0” credit Module

PG Dip/MSc ‘option/student choice’ modules - one only to be undertaken by all students:

Semester two, year two

  • The Community Agenda (15 credits)

Additional final core module for all MSc students only

  • Service Development Project (60 credits)

Teaching and assessment

The course adopts a range of teaching and learning strategies designed to facilitate the learning of a professional group; aiming to be efficient and motivating in the transfer of theoretical and practical knowledge and to engage positively in actively negotiating, constructing and evaluating learning. Strategies include:

  • Teacher-led sessions
  • Student-led seminars and presentations
  • Discussions and tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Focused reflection
  • A range of experiential teaching methods

You must complete 180 credits for the MSc, 120 credits for the PG Dip or 60 credits of modules for the PG Cert.

Only 30 credits of modules can be studied per semester in the part-time mode, 60 credits (district nursing students only) can be studied in the full-time mode.

Academic expertise

A key strength of our team is that they are experienced specialists in clinical areas of practice; familiar with the evidence-based informing specialist nursing practice and a wide range of accompanying issues and debates.

Visiting lecturers will also contribute to the modules to broaden your perspective of specialist nursing regionally and nationally. In addition, many staff members are actively involved in undertaking research within this area of clinical practice.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilties

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

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Nursing practice provides an essential aspect of your professional portfolio and career development; supporting your career progression through the advancement of your own practice in providing high-quality patient, family, group and community specialist nursing care in clinical practice.

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