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Course content

Nursing with registration is an innovative two-year programme, which enables graduates from other disciplines to gain professional registration in Adult, Children's or Mental Health nursing through postgraduate study. This course will permit you to develop your nursing skills and build your knowledge of professional and ethical practice.

Key benefits

  • No.1 Nursing Faculty in the UK and 3rd in the world (2017 QS World University Rankings)
  • Study in the heart of London
  • Pathways for Adult Nursing, Children's Nursing and Mental Health Nursing.
  • NHS bursaries available for tuition fees and maintenance for students starting the Postgraduate Diploma programmes in 2017.
  • Partnerships with world-class teaching hospitals including Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, South London & Maudsley NHS Trust.
  • Links with industry, health services and policy makers.
  • Excellent employability. Our graduates are highly sought after nationally and internationally.
  • Renowned for the quality of our research work.
  • World-class academics and gifted students from all walks of life.
  • Approachable, available and supportive staff.
  • Located in the heart of London, across four of King's Thames-side campuses (Waterloo, Strand, St Thomas' and Guy's) and the Denmark Hill Campus in south London. 


This postgraduate nursing programme is designed for graduates from other disciplines who wish to gain professional registration in Adult, Children's or Mental Health Nursing. The programme runs over two years. 

The programme focuses on quality care, cutting edge clinical skills and is designed to be both research intensive and research informed. You will learn the pivotal roles of nurse and client, while developing your nursing skills and building your knowledge of professional and ethical practice. This innovative programme ensures our students meet the registration requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. 

Subjects such as nursing bioscience, professional practice, research, evidence-based practice, policy and clinical leadership, as well as adult, children's or mental health nursing are studied. The programme is divided between theoretical modules and clinical practice, with blocks of time spent in clinical placement.

You will have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of healthcare settings. Opportunities for national and international electives are also offered.

Course purpose

The primary aim of the programme is to support students as they progress towards registered practitioner level and beyond, and to provide a framework within which they can acquire and demonstrate both generic transferable competencies and those specific to their area of practice.

Course format and assessment

Main Hall lectures; facilitated seminars; clinical skills workshops; electronic learning materials; optional opportunities to explore nursing through various media; use of enquiry-based learning; learning in a variety of health care environments Assessment strategies include: electronic examination; clinical portfolio; essays; peer review; assessment of clinical learning.

Extra information

All students on nursing programmes are required to undertake an enhanced DBS check and all must give consent to this. Completed DBS checks must be received prior to the student undertaking any clinical placement. All students attend Occupational Health (OH) on entry the programme. All applicants are required to make an APEL claim. Pre-registration nursing programmes should normally be no less than three years. However, the use of APEL permits us to offer a programme of two years duration to those applicants who can show evidence of prior learning relevant to the programme.

Career destinations

Registered Nurse positions in a range of leading NHS Trusts and with other health care providers.

Visit the Nursing with Registration (Graduate Entry) - PG Dip page on the King’s College London website for more details!






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