Graduate Entry Nursing - Adult (PG Dip)

University of Nottingham the United Kingdom

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The award
PG Dip

How long you will study
2 Years

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About Graduate Entry Nursing - Adult at University of Nottingham

The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Studies: Graduate Entry Nursing is an accelerated course for graduate entrants who want to become a nurse. It is a two year full-time programme that leads to a nursing registration in either Care of the Adult or Care of the Person with Mental Health Problems. There is an option to progress to a masters award following a short period of post-registration nursing experience.
In 2009 this course was validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and we received four commendations, including a commendation for working in partnership with service users and carers, local Trusts, other health care providers and student representatives to develop the curriculum and for teaching. We also received a commendation for our problem based learning approach supported by the development of innovative IT resources.

The programme is offered at our Derby Centre and will have aspects of shared learning with the medical students.

Applicants will be expected to have an honours degree (2:2 or above) and have a minimum of five GCSEs including Maths and English at grade C or above.

How to apply

Applications must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 3LZ. Applications should be made online (NOTE: Please ignore the 'Apply for this course' link on the menu on the left as it does not go to UCAS).

The UCAS codes are:

3010 (Adult) or 3110 (Mental Health)

Adult nursing

Adult nurses work with old and young adults with diverse health conditions, both chronic and acute. They juggle numerous priorities and use caring, counselling, managing, teaching and all aspects of interpersonal skills to improve the quality of patients' lives, sometimes in difficult situations. Work may be based in hospital wards, clinics or, increasingly, community settings and you may do shift work to provide 24-hour care. For further details see the NHS Careers website.

Informal enquiries

For informal enquiries relating to this course, please contact the Course Director Julie McGarry on +44 (0)1332 347 141 ext 2201 or email

Key facts

    • We are the largest School of Nursing in the UK


    • We have 350 academic and support staff, and over 3,500 students


    • We are rated as one of the top five places to study nursing in the Guardian's University Guide 2009


    • Top 5 in the UK for nursing research according to the research power method for ranking research


  • Nursing has been rated as excellent in the independent assessment of our teaching conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency

Course Content

The Postgraduate Diploma programme follows a modular structure. Each module is integrated with clinical placements and is assessed independently, so there are no final examinations. Students spend 50% of their time in University and 50% on clinical placements. Assignment submission dates are spread throughout the academic year. The modules are designed to complement each other and to build sequentially upon earlier course content. All assignments require students to integrate theoretical and research-based knowledge with critical reflection upon nursing practice. The MSc Nursing Studies component consists of a 60 credit module that is assessed through a dissertation.

Course Structure

Students undertake a 6-month Common Foundation Programme and then study either the Adult Nursing or Mental Health nursing branch programmes (18 months). There are seven weeks of holidays each year of the course, with the expectation that students will be actively engaged in study for 45 weeks each year. The curriculum will be underpinned by problem based learning to ensure the development of clinical leadership and preparation for practice. Practice based learning is integrated throughout the programme and during your placements you will be assigned a qualified mentor. During the course you will experience a range of practice placements and will work within a multi-professional environment.


There are six theory blocks of learning which are supported through associated lead lectures, workshops, clinical skills workshops and clinical supervision:

Year 1

Foundations of health and illness
Experiences of health and illness (user and care focus)
Experiences of health and illness (professional focus)

Year 2

Complex health needs I
Complex health needs II
Clinical leadership and management of change

MSc in Nursing Studies

Following the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma and a minimum of six months Post-Registration nursing experience, students have the opportunity to study part-time for the MSc in Nursing Studies through a dissertation. See the module details on the Learning Beyond Registration prospectus.

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Entry requirements for this course

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