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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 2 years

  • Course Type


  • Last Updated

    28 November 2017

Course Content

Course content

Helping patients recover, providing support and facing challenges is all part of the day-to-day life of an adult nurse. If you're looking for a rewarding career in the health sector becoming a registered nurse will allow you to make a positive impact on the life of others.

Is this course for me?

This innovative programme is available to graduates who have already completed an honours degree in any subject and who wish to undertake study to embark on a career as a nurse.

What will this course cover?

The skills and abilities that you possess as a graduate will enable you to respond to the challenges of the programme in order to gain an academic award as well as registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in a shorter timescale than usual.

The course aims to produce compassionate, confident and collaborative practice-ready nurses who will:

•            negotiate and deliver intelligent care with compassion

•            be skilled in working within a range of contexts

•            respond effectively in complex and unpredictable situations

•            become autonomous, able to manage and lead teams

•            recognise opportunities for improvement and be innovative and responsive to changing needs of the population

•            able to offer the employer an enhanced capability in leadership, innovation and research such that they can envision, influence and transform nursing practice.

This intensive programme encompasses both generic and field specific content in the three stages within the two years. It follows a modular structure and each stage consists of both theoretical and clinical experience components thus allowing for 50 per cent of programme time in the University and 50 per cent of programme time in clinical practice.

During your clinical experience there will be dedicated time where you will return to University for simulation of practice and integrated assessments. This will allow you to share your clinical experiences with your fellow students.


Graduate Nurses are well placed to secure employment and gain promotion and Bucks New University have an excellent employability record. In a recent survey, after graduating 98 per cent of our students were employed as registered nurses.

Upon successful completion of the course students are awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Nursing, and are eligible to register with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC).

Although many qualified nurses work in hospitals, nurses can also work in a variety of settings including:

•            general practice surgeries

•            community settings

•            outpatient day surgery

•            nursing homes

•            mental health services

•            private healthcare providers

•            prison nursing.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Upon successful completion of the programme you will become autonomous as a registered nurse, reflexive and capable in prioritising your personal, academic and continuing professional development. You will be able to systematically combine knowledge, values, skills and technical abilities to care situations, demonstrating understanding, enabling resolution or palliation as appropriate, in diverse contexts and across the lifespan.

The aim of this course is to equip you to lead, manage and challenge other nurses and health care professionals and practitioners in striving for excellence.

How to apply

Apply here: http://bucks.ac.uk/applynow/


We are awaiting confirmation from the Department of Health on the approach to funding postgraduate education for September 2018 entry onwards.

Visit the PG Dip Nursing (Adult) page on the Buckinghamshire New University website for more details!




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