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Community Health Studies (District Nursing) (MSc)

Course Description

This degree meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for community nursing specialist practice. District nursing is an exciting, challenging, varied and rewarding role; a specialism providing care and support to patients living in the community. This course is focused towards inspiring, innovating and implementing improvements in the quality of specialist district nursing care. Community healthcare is undergoing rapid and immense change following structural changes and reorganisation within NHS Wales. Policy driven by changes in demography, technology and economics have set community nursing as the future.

District nursing means working collaboratively with patients, family, carers, other community nurses, health professionals and individuals from both statutory and voluntary organisations. The degree will focus towards enhancement of your leadership skills. It requires engagement in reflective inquiry, self-awareness, assertiveness and critical thinking skills. Excellence in case load management is also fostered.

Delivery of care includes assessment, diagnosis, prescribing, follow up and discharge for a diverse range of patients including those with acute conditions, highly complex care needs, long term health conditions, safe guarding needs, requiring wound management health promotion, palliative and end of life care.

The degree is fully funded by the Welsh Government and gives you a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the contemporary primary and community health agenda. It will support your progression towards becoming a district nursing leader for the future. When you successfully complete this degree, you will have the NMC recordable specialist practice qualification in Community Health District Nursing.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/944-msc-community-health-studies-district-nursing

What you will study

Year One
- Fundamentals of Community Practice
- Decision Making
- Specialist Practitioner

Year Two:
Core module
- Research methods
- Law, ethics and nurse prescribing

Optional modules:
- Transition
- Living well with long-term health conditions
- Diabetes care
- Minor illness for Primary Care Nurses
- Continuing care for children and young people
- Advances in epilepsy care

After two years you will attain a recordable specialist practice qualification with the NMC and an option to exit the course with a PgDiploma.

Year Three:
- Dissertation

After three years you will attain the MSc qualification.

Please note modules and module content may change from time to time.

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, self-directed study, workshops and a clinical placement. As part of the course you will complete 40 academic days which run from September to May.

Year one requires attendance every Tuesday. In your second year lectures will be delivered on various days depending on which modules you choose. In addition you will undertake 40 clinical days per year. Ideally you should be working in a community setting, however if you are not, placements may be negotiated. While in practice, you will be assigned a mentor who will assess your clinical competence. All students are required to organise a tripartite meeting between student, mentor and academic supervisor during the first month in order to set objectives for clinical learning.

If you have undertaken the Fundamentals of Community Practice Module (30 credits) within the last five years, this can be transferred to the degree.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Undertaking this course ensures you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity to provide safe and effective nursing care in community settings. Additionally, having employees with a specialist practitioner qualification is valued by nursing managers, commissioners and the Welsh Government.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a range of methods including writing essays and case studies, formal presentations, poster presentations, examinations, dissertation, literature reviews and clinical practice assessments.


As part of the Decision Making module you will use the Hydra Suite which is used to help analyse and improve decision making for a variety of scenarios faced by professionals within district nursing.

Visit the Community Health Studies (District Nursing) (MSc) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a first level registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You must have acquired a credit rating of 120 credits at Level 6 (Degree) or studied previously at Level 7, e.g. postgraduate diploma.

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