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We believe that nurses have an essential contribution to make to modern healthcare and its delivery. We aim to support you to become an exceptional registered nurse working in partnership with the public to promote health, and able to provide sensitive, evidence-based care and emotional support to clients, patients and their carers across the lifespan.

Our staff

Our approachable, available and supportive staff, work collaboratively with clinical practitioners to support our nursing students. They are committed to providing a vibrant, challenging and supportive learning environment which will enable students to fulfil their potential.

Our students

We regard nursing students as the potential nursing leaders of the future. We support students to become proactive, self-directed learners who will develop empathy, insight and intellectual independence enabling them to deliver care to the highest standards.


The Post Graduate Diploma prepares you for your future role as a skilled and reflective adult nurse, able to use sound clinical judgement to deliver thoughtful, compassionate, evidence-based care to enhance the future health and well-being of the communities you serve.

During your studies you will learn alongside students on other nursing programmes. You will be taught via lectures, seminars and co-operative learning groups. You will stay in the same CLG with other Post Graduate nursing students for the whole of your programme. This will provide you with the opportunity to form co-operative learning relationships with your peers.

Modules you will study include: Principles of professional identity; Knowledge and skills for nursing practice; Patient and client experience and contemporary nursing practice; Safety and risk in adult nursing care; Evidence-based practice and the nurse-patient or client relationship; Caring for the individual with long term conditions; Individual and public health policy; Supporting the individual with acute and complex adult care needs; Ethics and philosophy for nursing.


Practice experiences will take place across the beautiful North Yorkshire Region offering you experiences of delivering care with diverse communities in a range of health and social care environments. You will begin your practical experience three months into the programme. You are required to undertake a total of four periods of assessed practice over the two years.

The Department of Health Sciences has adopted a base and spoke model of practice experience to ensure your practice experience focusses on the learning outcomes you need to achieve. You will be allocated to a base practice experience area, which may be a day unit, clinic, community nursing team or hospital ward. From there, through negotiation, you will access spoke areas which will support and supplement your learning. This will provide you with some flexibility to follow the journeys of patients, clients, service users and carers.


The programme is designed to ensure that you are well supported throughout the two years. In practice you have access to nurse mentors and link lecturers who will help to ensure you maximize your opportunities for learning. In theory you are allocated personal supervisors who will provide you with support for your academic work. Additionally Student Services acts as a first point of contact if you need information or assistance with a problem.

MSc in Nursing Practice

After successfully completing the Postgraduate Diploma with Professional Registration (Adult) you may, at a later stage, top up your qualification to an MSc in Nursing Practice through the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) route by undertaking a 60 credit Service Improvement Project. If you do decide to top up to the MSc, the fees for this additional element of study will need to be paid either by you or your employer.

Visit the Adult Nursing - PGDip page on the University of York website for more details!




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