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Primary Care Nursing (MSc)

Course Description


The future of a successful health service must lie with an extensive provision in primary care and the community. To enable this success higher numbers of nurses will be required to work and lead in this area as autonomous and confident practitioners. If you are a nurse working in, or about to work in General Practice and diverse Community and Primary Care settings, this course is specially tailored to your needs.

Our Primary Care Nursing course aims to meet the training and educational needs of nurses working at an advanced level in General Practice and a multitude of other creative primary and community healthcare settings. The PG Dip and Masters in Primary Care nursing will be delivered from Cambridge, Peterborough or Chelmsford and you can select which campus you attend.

If you are a nurse currently working in community settings, you can access a wide variety of specialist modules to update, upskill and embed your practice. You will build practical skills with an array of specialist and more general modules to expand and progress your professional direction. If you are new to primary and community care, you will find a variety of modules supporting you to become quickly established in the provision of care and services in this area.

Primary care and community settings will be brought to life and you will benefit from ongoing support from the University, which will include visits at your personal practice environment. Close contact and support from your personal tutor will help you manage your modules to gain the best possible learning experience throughout this course. Your personal tutor will be one of a number of highly experienced lecturers selected specifically to match your learning needs.

As you progress through your course you will meet nurses from a variety of practice areas and in several modules other health professionals may attend. This multi professional element adds opportunities for debate and discussion and will enable you to explore different perspectives in medical and healthcare provision. You will be able to develop new skills in our state of the art skills laboratories and experience exciting new ways of learning which support a variety of learning styles.

This course will provide an exciting chance to undertake new, contemporary learning opportunities where practice and theory merge. The theory and policy underpinning contemporary service delivery will be explored in order to for you to clearly understand how they influence practice provision. Guidance and support will be given to help you gather information and evidence with which to strengthen your practice.


Nurses wishing to start a career in general practice, primary or community care nursing will find this course tailored to their needs. Those nurses already working in these areas will find that this course is the partner learning experience to support their current and progressive practice.

There is a wide variety of settings existing in the community where you may wish to start or develop your career pathway. Minor injury units, General Practice, District nursing, Health visiting or Paediatric teams, working in nursing homes, Integrated Care, community hospitals, Sexual Health, Drug and Alcohol, dermatology, Cardiac and Respiratory clinics, ‘out of hours’ and outreach services to mention just a few.

Our programme will enable you to emerge as an autonomous practitioner able to lead and manage yourself, individuals and teams. You may decide to specialise further in practice and or undertake a higher level degree such as a Professional Doctorate. Your promotion prospects will be greatly enhanced as will your opportunities to apply for more senior roles. This course provides further steps on the ladder of your progressing career in primary and community nursing.


The assessment strategies are designed to challenge your critical thinking and enable you to demonstrate your ability to advance theory and practice through the critique of existing and new knowledge. As part of the learning process the focus of the assignments is on the application of theoretical knowledge to practice issues. Assessments vary according to modules and include written essays, reports, case studies, presentations, patchwork assessment, a research proposal and dissertation.

Fundamentals of Practice Nursing and Fundamentals of Community and Primary Care Nursing are assessed with the completion of a Practice Assessment Document (pass/fail) and a summative assessed presentation of 20 minutes.

Where you'll study

Your faculty -

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly and experienced staff.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Visit your faculty - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/health-social-care-and-education

Where can I study?

Chelmsford - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/chelmsford-campus

Peterborough - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/guild-house-peterborough

Cambridge - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/student-life/life-on-campus/cambridge-campus

Visit the Primary Care Nursing (MSc) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A first degree, with honours, at a minimum final classification of Lower Second (2:2) or equivalent. Further Information - View Website

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