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Primary and Community Care (Community Children's Nursing) - MSc

Course Description

Drawing on Surrey’s excellent research base and benefitting from strong links with practice, our programme is responsive to the dynamic and evolving nature of the primary and community care setting.

It is designed to advance your ability to critically analyse and lead on innovation and change in the workplace.


A Community Children’s Nurse (CNN) needs high-level clinical skills and an in-depth understanding of the context within which primary and community care is delivered.

Our programme will provide these, in addition to nurturing the values required in modern healthcare such as compassion, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Our programme allows shared learning with practitioners from other specialities and draws on Surrey’s excellent research base within the School of Health Sciences. Students benefit from strong links with practice, and programmes are designed to be responsive to changing practice needs.


This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Students are sponsored for the NMC Specialist Practice Award by a health care provider organisation. Please contact the pathway leader for further details of this.
-Leadership and Innovation
-Complex Health Assessment
-Primary and Community Care Policy
-Specialist Practice Portfolio
-Research Design and Methodology
-Community Nurse Prescribing


These aims have been guided by the NMC Standards of proficiency for specialist practitioners.

The programme aims to enhance the student’s understanding, knowledge and expertise to lead and develop primary and community care practice. The programme will develop a critical and discerning practitioner who will be able to innovate and evaluate change in health and social care practice based on a sound knowledge and evidence base.

It will provide the opportunity to develop clinical leadership necessary to achieve effective provision of care through and inter-professional approach to education across disciplines and organisations.

It aims to enhance students’ competence in complex decision making to enable them to make a significant contribution to service development through innovation, leadership and research.


Knowledge and understanding
-Demonstrate a comprehensive level of understanding and knowledge around their chosen pathway
-Demonstrate a thorough understanding of personal responsibility and professional codes of conduct regarding ethical dilemmas in professional practice
-Make sound professional judgements in the assessment, planning and delivery of care/ services
-Undertake research that contributes to the development and enhancement of primary and community care

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Assess, implement and evaluate changes in health and social care practice and critically analyse a wide range of issues governing specialist practice
-Critically evaluate the relationship between theoretical knowledge and practice in a variety of settings
-Identify and define complex problems and apply relevant knowledge and skills to their solution, including risk assessment and management
-Communicate complex knowledge relating to primary and community care effectively
-Critically analyse and evaluate issues relating to primary and community care
-Critically evaluate research and other sources of evidence and synthase information in order to inform current and future practice

Professional practical skills
-Develop the capacity to initiate flexible and creative professional interventions with a sound theoretical basis
-Become pro-active in identifying and meeting changing health and social needs within a complex multi- cultural and multi-ethnic society
-Demonstrate fitness for practice by achieving competence to meet standards set by the NMC

Key / transferable skills
-Work effectively with an inter-professional group as a member and where appropriate, a leader.
-Reflect on own and other’s performance in order to improve practice
-Develop a critical and analytic approach to engaging with relevant literature in delivering evidence based practice
-Communicate effectively and confidently in an academic or professional arena giving clear evidence based and duly considered information


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 Primary and Community Care (Community Children's Nursing) - MSc 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

Normally, applicants will have completed a Bachelors degree or have recently studied at FEHQ level 6. Individual advice will be provided by the Director of Studies. Students will need to be entered on parts one or two of the NMC professional register, and will normally have at least two years’ post-registration experience. Students applying for the Community Children’s Nursing pathway must have the Registered Nurse (Child) qualification to be accepted.

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