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Contemporary Healthcare (Community Nursing) (MSc)

Course Description

Develop your potential as a community nurse on our three-year, part-time masters programme. MSc Contemporary Healthcare (Community Nursing) is designed by academics and clinicians with input from service users for Nursing and Midwifery Council registered nurses. Study flexibly and build-up knowledge at postgraduate certificate, diploma and masters level. Be primed with the skills to provide high-quality, person-centred, nursing care closer to home for people living with long-term conditions.

Key features

Engage with a programme specifically designed to develop your potential as a community nurse.

Develop knowledge and skills in three specific areas: work based learning in community contexts; clinical decision making and disease management; leadership, law and decision making in advanced practice.

Benefit from multi-professional education at an advanced level.

Advance your knowledge on all modules by developing the application of theory to practice.

Enjoy the active collaboration between Higher Education, employers and service users to enable you to identify, develop and apply work-based learning skills to improve the quality of community nursing care.

Experience independent and multi-professional working – you will have the opportunity to work innovatively and learn collaboratively with other students from differing professions, in keeping with the ethos of cross-sector partnerships in health and social service provision.

Balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over the programme for three years or take the full time route.

Take advantage of the flexibility our programme offers. You can take much of the programme by distance learning. Modules taught face-to-face are delivered in short, intensive blocks to enable you to complete them with minimum travel and time away from your other commitments.

Benefit from learning within supportive multi-professional and inter-agency environments. The programme is delivered by experts who use innovative thinking to help advance healthcare development.

Be inspired and learn from the research active staff at the forefront of knowledge, conducting research in the Centre for Health and Social Care Innovation (CHeSCI). The centre supports several research areas including ageing and rurality, applied health genetics, clinical skills innovation and e-Health.

Enhance your career opportunities - the programme is designed to meet the needs of the future workforce.

Complete the MSc and enhance your abilities to continue to further advanced study such as to MPhil/PhD level.

Course details

Postgraduate certificate - to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you need to earn 60 credits. You will study two core modules worth 20 credits each: work based learning in community contexts and leadership, law and decision making in advanced practice, with one optional 20 credit module.

Postgraduate diploma - to gain a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits. 100 of these will be made up from five core modules, each worth 20 credits (two from Year 1 and three from Year 2): research methods, research and project design, and clinical decision making and disease management.

Master of Science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. You will study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from a research project in a related area of study.


If you are interested in applying for this programme, please contact our Professional Development team.

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
Plymouth University
Drake Circus

Visit the Contemporary Healthcare (Community Nursing) (MSc) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should normally hold a first degree or equivalent qualification and hold first registration with a professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the Health Professions Council. If you have overseas qualifications you can check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), who provide an advisory service. If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required (minimum IELTS score is normally 6.5).

Course Fees

Full-time: UK/EU: £5,660, International: £13,250, Islands: £13,250; Part-time (per 10 credits): UK/EU: £314, International: £750, Islands: £750

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