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Who is it for?. The course is for NMC registered nurses, who are currently working as practice nurses and wish to develop their skills and progress their career with a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc qualification. Read more

Who is it for?

The course is for NMC registered nurses, who are currently working as practice nurses and wish to develop their skills and progress their career with a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc qualification.


Throughout the world, the provision of preventive, treatment and rehabilitation services is rooted increasingly in primary care.

City’s Primary Care (Practice Nursing) course supports students in developing new skills for use in the general practices in which they work. The course is focused on practice and practical application, and is relevant to the varied communities from which our students are drawn.

The Post Graduate Diploma (PgDip) consists of 120 credits. Three of the modules are core or compulsory, with 5 optional modules. The choice of optional modules from our Continuing Personal and Professional Development portfolio will allow you to choose modules that are relevant to your work as a practice nurse within the general practice environment.

The MSc consists of 180 credits. Three of the modules are core, with one MSc Conversion top-up consists 60 credits dissertation module is core. The choice of 15 optional modules from our Continuing Personal and Professional Development portfolio will be determined by either the funder for your programme or your employing organisation .

Academic facilities

The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers excellent facilities for you to rehearse practical caring skills prior to your practice placement. You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment. In addition, medium fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow students to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS. City TECS is specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehelath and telecare technologies providing City students with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies whilst they study.

Teaching and learning

The Programme Director and other members of the practice nursing team have considerable experience and expertise in the field of practice nursing and advanced practice.

Members of the team have published research, books, as well as peer reviewed professional journals relevant to practice nursing and advanced practice.

Assessments are designed to assess students ability to:

  • grasp taught theory and research;
  • analyse and interpret theory and research critically;
  • apply the theory and evidence base to the clinical setting
  • present the relevant points clearly and concisely.

Both formative and summative assessments will be transparent throughout the practice nursing course.  Formative feedback will be available on group/individual presentations and/or tutorial support.

Summative assessment will integrate a variety of assessments, which will be dependent on your choice of optional modules including:

  • Essays
  • Skills schedule, including a multiple choice questionnaire and problem based scenario
  • Exams
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • Case study
  • Audit and supporting paper
  • Protocol development and a supporting paper
  • Poster development and supporting paper
  • A research proposal.


The course is made up of both core and optional modules, with the structure depending on whether students study on a full or part-time basis.

Core modules

  • Key Concepts in Practice Nursing
  • Research methods
  • Health Policy and Politics

Students progressing to MSc must undertake:

  • Dissertation

Elective modules

You can choose from a wide range of optional modules, including:

  • Cervical Cytology
  • An introduction to Long Term Conditions
  • Key Concepts in Practice Nursing – Module 2
  • Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Clinical assessment in Primary Care
  • Contraception and sexual health - theory
  • Diabetes care
  • Supporting and assessing in clinical practice (mentorship module)

Students have the option of exiting with 60 credits to receive the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert). In order to receive this award, students must have successfully completed 60 credits, which must include one of the core modules – Key Concepts in practice nursing and 3 other optional modules.

To study the MSc, the choice of optional modules will be determined by either the funder for your programme or your employing organisation:

  • Module Code (NMM011) - Diabetes Care
  • Module Code (NMM048)  - Asthma/COPD
  • Module Code (NMM320) - Cervical Cytology
  • Module Code (NMM945) - Key Concepts in Practice Nursing (2)
  • Module Code (NMM084) - Clinical Assessment in Primary Care
  • Module Code (NMM944) - Long Term Conditions
  • Module Code (CHM002) - Education in the workplace [a mentorship module]
  • Module Code (NMM119) - Innovations in healthcare leadership and management perspectives.

Career prospects

The completion of the MSc will enable you to develop higher order critical skills, which will enhance your clinical practice underpinned by a strong evidence base. Practice Nurses may on completion of their programme choose to specialise in certain clinical areas, especially the care and management of long term conditions and in the area of triage.

Furthermore, this will enable those who have completed the MSc to negotiate a higher salary in their current post by extending their leadership and clinical skills within the general practice environment.

The PgDip Primary Care (Practice Nursing) will give you greater opportunities to deliver diverse services within general practice. The range of services can be tailored to your individual practice needs due to the selection of modules that can be taken as part of your continuing professional development.

Successful completion of the PgDip is achieved when you have completed 8 x 15 credit modules [120 credits]. Students also have the option of gaining a PgCert by completing 4 modules [60 credits] one of which includes the core module – Key Concepts of Practice Nursing.

You will graduate with a substantial understanding of the field of practice nursing, together with enhanced clinical and analytical skills. These attributes will enable you to make a substantial contribution within the general practice environment.

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Programme Aims

This award is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology, which aims to provide professionals in Medical Imaging, Radiotherapy, Medical Laboratory Science, Health Technology, as well as others interested in health technology, with an opportunity to develop advanced levels of knowledge and skills.

 A. Advancement in Knowledge and Skill

  • ​To develop specialists in their respective professional disciplines to enhance their career paths;
  • To broaden students' exposure to health science and technology to enable them to cope with the ever-changing demands of work; and
  • To provide a laboratory environment for testing problems encountered at work.

 Students develop intellectually, professionally and personally while advancing their knowledge and skills in Medical Laboratory Science. The specific aims of this award are:

  • ​To broaden and deepen students' knowledge and expertise in Medical Laboratory Science;
  • To introduce students to advances in selected areas of diagnostic laboratory techniques;
  • To develop in students an integrative and collaborative team approach to the investigation of common diseases;
  • To foster an understanding of the management concepts that are relevant to clinical laboratories; and
  • To develop students' skills in communication, critical analysis and problem solving.

B. Professional Development

  • ​To develop students' ability in critical analysis and evaluation in their professional practices;
  • To cultivate within healthcare professionals the qualities and attributes that are expected of them;
  • To acquire a higher level of awareness and reflection within the profession and the healthcare industry to improve the quality of healthcare services; and
  • To develop students' ability to assume a managerial level of practice.

C. Evidence-based Practice

  • ​To equip students with the necessary research skills to enable them to perform evidence-based practice in the delivery of healthcare service.

D. Personal Development

  • ​To provide channels for practising professionals to continuously develop themselves while at work; and
  • To allow graduates to develop themselves further after graduation.


Our laboratories are well-equipped to support students in their studies, research and dissertations. Our specialised equipment includes a flow cytometer, cell culture facilities; basic and advanced instruments for molecular biology research (including thermal cyclers, DNA sequencers, real-time PCR systems and an automatic mutation detection system), microplate systems for ELISA work, HPLC, FPLC, tissue processors, automatic cell analysers, a preparative ultracentrifuge and an automated biochemical analyser.


This programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (UK), and graduates are eligible to apply for Membership of the Institute.

Programme structure

To be eligible for the MSc in Medical Laboratory Science (MScMLS), students are required to complete 30 credits:

  • 2 Compulsory Subjects (6 credits)
  • Dissertation (9 credits)
  • 3 Core Subjects (9 credits)
  • 2 Elective Subjects (6 credits)

Apart from the award of MScMLS, students can choose to graduate with the following specialism:

  • MSc in Medical Laboratory Science (Molecular Diagnostics)

 To be eligible for the specialism, students should complete 2 Compulsory Subjects (6 credits), a Dissertation (9 credits) related to the specialism, 4 Specialty Subjects (12 credits) and 1 Elective Subject (3 credits).

Compulsory Subjects

  • ​Integrated Medical Laboratory Science
  • Research Methods & Biostatistics

Core Subjects

  • Advanced Topics in Health Technology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Epidemiology
  • Haematology & Transfusion Science
  • Histopathology & Cytology
  • Immunology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Clinical Applications of Molecular Diagnostics in Healthcare *
  • Molecular Technology in the Clinical Laboratory *
  • Workshops on Advanced Molecular Diagnostic Technology *

Elective Subjects

  • Bioinformatics in Health Sciences *
  • Professional Development in Infection Control Practice

* Specialty Subject

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Either biomedical science Masters offered at Nottingham Trent University are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science. This. Read more

Either biomedical science Masters offered at Nottingham Trent University are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

This MSc Biomedical Science course provides a biological understanding of human disease processes, the treatment principles of such diseases, and the underlying biological disciplines that enable their study and explanation. It has extensive links with BioCity Nottingham, the city's groundbreaking healthcare and biosciences centre. One of the largest innovation and incubation centres of its kind in Europe.

This course can be taken full-time for one year or add an additional work placement year to make it two years; or go part-time.

If you would like to study part-time and through distance learning for a Masters qualification while continuing to work, then this flexible programme is for you - MSc Biomedical Science (Flexible Learning). It is designed to further your career in the healthcare profession, biomedical industry or in academia and has the potential to lead on to a professional doctorate.

With multiple entry points in September, January and April, take this Masters as a part-time option or study individual modules for continuing professional development points.


  • Cell culture and antibody technology
  • Research methods and bioethics
  • Research project
  • Microbial diagnostics
  • Pharmacology
  • Molecular biology
  • Biology of disease
  • Cellular pathology
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Haematology and transfusion science
  • Medical microbiology
  • Scientific analysis, review and presentation
  • Cytology
  • Cancer and heart disease
  • Molecular biology and DNA technology
  • Special topics in molecular biology
  • Cellular pathology with professional studies
  • Clinical chemistry with professional studies
  • Haematology and transfusion science with professional studies
  • Medical microbiology with professional studies


Visit us on campus throughout the year, find and register for our next open event on http://www.ntu.ac.uk/pgevents.

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