• Regent’s University London Featured Masters Courses
  • University of York Featured Masters Courses
  • University of Edinburgh Featured Masters Courses
  • University of Glasgow Featured Masters Courses
  • Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Featured Masters Courses
  • University of Leeds Featured Masters Courses
  • Swansea University Featured Masters Courses
  • Leeds Beckett University Featured Masters Courses
King’s College London Featured Masters Courses
Barcelona Executive Business School Featured Masters Courses
Imperial College London Featured Masters Courses
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia Featured Masters Courses
University of Leeds Featured Masters Courses

Nursing Studies (Adult Nursing) - PGDip

Course Description

Surrey is a leading UK university for nursing education – students of our Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Studies (Adult Nursing) programme are taught by staff with internationally recognised expertise.

The programme focuses on the importance of caring and compassion and will prepare you to respond to the complex, diverse and evolving nature of healthcare.


Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in adult nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification.

It will develop you as an autonomous, reflective practitioner who has empathic qualities, is committed to delivering high-quality care and can empower individuals to maximise their own independence.

Clinical, decision-making and leadership skills are developed progressively throughout the programme. Biosciences and psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal aspects of care inform a holistic approach to care, alongside a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning.

In contemporary healthcare, collaborative practice is vital in meeting the complex needs of individuals and their families.


This programme is studied full-time over two academic years; over this period students must gain 2,300 hours of theory and 2,300 hours of practice for NMC registration. The programme is divided into modules.

On successful completion of the programme students may apply for registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Practice Module
-Transitions in Care
-Care Provision in Long-Term Conditions
-Innovation and Leadership
-Managing Physical and Mental Health Challenges
-Research for Professional Practice
-Immediate Care
-Effective Decision Making from Fundamental to Complex Care
-Clinical Leadership and Consolidated Practice


Individuals who have an undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant subject, normally obtained within the last five years, and experience of working in a health care environment.

Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have worked for a minimum of 575 hours within a paid healthcare role, gained within a year of commencing the programme. This is equivalent to 16 weeks of full-time work and may be achieved through part time-work over a longer period of time.

Applicants also need to be ambitious and passionate about a career in nursing, with the ability and drive to complete the programme in two years.


Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country and nurses play a role in the delivery of most healthcare services. Although many qualified nurses work in hospitals, they can also work in general practice surgeries, community settings, home healthcare, outpatient day surgeries, nursing homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military and industry.

Many of our graduates are initially employed by the NHS Trust in which they had their practice experience, before going on to further studies and employment opportunities. Some nurses develop careers in education or research, promoting advances in many areas of healthcare and health promotion practice.


The programme aims to:
-Develop confident, competent and critically responsive practitioners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to deliver and lead high quality nursing care across a range of health and social care environments
Enable students to act with professional integrity and demonstrate achievement of the professional standards required by the NMC (2010) to register as a nurse
-Prepare students to deliver and analyse the impact of safe and compassionate evidence based care, whilst demonstrating the values and attitudes in keeping with anti-discriminatory practice and an orientation towards holistic care
-Foster and facilitate partnership working with health and social care professionals, service users, carers and families, acknowledging and promoting the contribution of a collaborative approach to care and the importance of education for health to practice as a registered nurse
-Enable students to contribute to the planning, design and delivery of care by leading, delegating, supervising, evaluating and challenging other nurses and health care professionals’ practice
-Develop the capacity to adapt to change and identify, initiate and lead innovations in practice whilst working within the governance framework
-Facilitate the development of higher level clinical, analytical and reflective thinking skills with the ability to distil research impacts, integrate and combine sources of knowledge and identify new directions for research
-Nurture a commitment to life long and independent learning
-Enable students to critically appraise, plan and lead teams in the application of research to nursing practice


The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding
-Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of the knowledge and research evidence that underpins practice thus enabling an appropriate response to a wide range of health and dependency needs
-Critically apply knowledge and skills based upon best available evidence in the planning, delivery and evaluation of safe and effective care, accessing or referring to specialist services as required
-Demonstrate an ability to meet complex and co-existing needs of people in their own field of nursing in any setting
-Demonstrate and appraise knowledge of the relationship between common physical and mental health problems in both acute and long terms conditions
-Critically appraise and apply high quality evidence to support and develop practice whilst identifying and proposing areas for further investigation
-Demonstrate the importance of and be able to evaluate safe practice, which is informed by best available evidence and through a critical understanding of risk management strategies, local and national guidelines
Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Demonstrate an advanced level of critical thinking and decision making skills in the assessment, documentation and interpretation of a comprehensive systematic nursing assessment that takes account of relevant physical, psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, genetic and environmental factors
-Applies knowledge, synthesises ideas and information in order to generate and evaluate solutions in planned and uncertain situations across a range of health care environments
-Be capable of innovative and creative thinking and develop the ability to improve professional practice and quality outcomes by using a range of methods and clinical governance processes
-Critically apply relevant theoretical and research evidence in the evaluation of nursing interventions and health care provision and evaluate and ensure the use of findings help to improve peoples’ experience in order to shape future services
-Critically appraise the evidence and research base of new and emerging health care technologies to advise about their appropriateness and use
-Evaluate own performance and need for personal and professional development demonstrating learning from experience, feedback and reflection

Professional practical skills
-Act to care for and safeguard the public practicing in a compassionate and respectful manner whilst working within professional, ethical and legal frameworks in order to maintain, improve, and lead on high standards of care
-Practice autonomously and be responsible for the delivery and leadership of high quality evidenced based care, whilst maximising peoples’ ability to care for themselves
-Communicate safely and effectively and ensure decisions about care are shared when working across health and social care environments and in partnership with other professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families
-Act upon an understanding of how peoples’ lifestyles, cultures, environments and choices influence their health and wellbeing and adapt practice to meet the changing needs of service users
-Demonstrate excellence in team working and the ability to lead the co-ordination, delegation and supervision of care, whilst remaining accountable for care given
-Use leadership skills to support and manage others and make significant contributions to the planning, designing, delivering and improvement of future services
-Work innovatively and act as change agents, using leadership skills to challenge practice in order to enhance people’s wellbeing and experience of health care

Key / transferable skills
-Demonstrate a range of highly effective communication and interpersonal skills, including the use of communication technologies
-Build high quality partnerships and therapeutic relationships with service users, carers, families and other professionals in order to ensure safe, effective and non-discriminatory communication
-Accurately communicate and document using appropriate and plain language both verbally and in written and electronic formats
-Manage health information and information systems in order to search for valid and relevant information to inform nursing practice
-Abstract, analyse and interpret data using a range of techniques including assessment monitoring, audit and the use of research data to inform and develop the delivery of high quality care
-Demonstrate safe and effective medicines management


We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Visit the Nursing Studies (Adult Nursing) - PGDip page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sarah Bolger

“Although the demands on my time and energy were challenging, I received unbeatable support from the team at Surrey.”

Sarah, a Practice Development Midwife with 15 years’ experience as a qualified nurse and 11 years’ experience as a qualified midwife, explains how a Masters from the University of Surrey has boosted her career prospects.

“I wanted a course that would enable me to consolidate my previous experience and give me the qualification I needed for career progression. I chose the University of Surrey because it offers higher education as part of a contract with local Trusts. I was also looking to study at a university that could rival others at a national and even an international level.

The most challenging aspect of the course was juggling my academic work, working for the Trust and family life. The impact of studying for a Masters on family life can never be underestimated, so time management is key. For me, this often meant studying in the evening, which after a long day at work was gruelling.

Although the demands on my time and energy were challenging, I received unbeatable support from the team at Surrey. The emphasis wasn’t on taking away my challenges, but providing me with guidance so I could find a path that enabled me to achieve my full potential.

Now I have completed the course, the sense of achievement I have is immeasurable. At Surrey, you’re encouraged to think outside the box and consider new ideas.

Based on the results of my Masters, I have been awarded a full-time funded PhD studentship at Surrey. It’s thanks to the experience I had during my Masters that I had the confidence to even apply.”


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]

Entry Requirements

A first degree (second class honours, minimum) which has been achieved within the last five years. A science degree is preferred (bioscience, behavioural or social science). Recent experience of practice in a health care role (the equivalent of at least 16 weeks of full-time employment). GCSE English, Science and Maths at grade C/4 or above.

Email Enquiry

Recipient: University of Surrey

Insert previous message below for editing? 
You haven’t included a message. Providing a specific message means universities will take your enquiry more seriously and helps them provide the information you need.
Why not add a message here
* required field
Send a copy to me for my own records.

Your enquiry has been emailed successfully

Share this page:

Cookie Policy    X