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Year of Entry 2019/20

Specialist Practice District Nursing

Plan and conduct an in-depth investigation of a topic that contributes to specialist district nursing professional practice.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £8,000 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September

Course summary

  • Specialise in district nursing and take advantage of career opportunities in this area.
  • Apply an understanding of research methods and demonstrate your ability to work in relative autonomy by undertaking a sustained, in-depth piece of independent learning.

This MSc dissertation course is essentially an individual, self-directed piece of work which will be specific to your professional area and interests. It is suitable if you have previously undertaken the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Practice District Nursing. The findings of your project can be disseminated to your professional community to improve district nursing practice.

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Course leaders and tutors

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Applied learning

You will be allocated a supervisor to support you. Communication may be face to face, via email, via telephone or Skype.

You will be required to submit a proposal for the study, which is reviewed by the supervisor and a second reviewer who in time acts as the second marker for the dissertation.

While masters dissertation projects may be very diverse and may combine different elements, five broad types are defined. These definitions should help you choose the most appropriate proposal to inform the dissertation project. They are

  • research projects
  • evaluation projects
  • service development projects
  • advanced professional practice projects
  • theoretical or literature based projects

You have the option to study individual modules from this course and gain academic credit towards a qualification. Visit ourcontinuing professional development websitefor more information.

Future careers

This module further develops your learner autonomy and enables you to demonstrate your knowledge of research methods and their application.

For your organisation, it provides support for you to conduct a piece of research, service evaluation or development which addresses organisational priorities.

For the patient, you are encouraged to conduct a project that has clear value in terms of improving clinical outcomes and patient experience

The dissertation provides an opportunity for you to contribute to the ongoing development of your profession, the service provided and the existing evidence base in your chosen project field. It may also provide a basis for further academic development such as progression onto a PhD or Professional Doctorate.


Successfully completing the course allows you to be on the NMC register as a
• specialist practitioner – district nursing
• community practitioner – nurse prescriber

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

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Entry requirements

All students

To complete the course you typically need

• at least 120 credits at level 6 (or pending results prior to the course starting)
• current registration on part one (nursing) of the Nursing and Midwifery Council-s (NMC) register
• normally at least one year's post-registration experience
• to be working as a community staff nurse working in a community team
• self-declaration of good health and character as required by the NMC
• to have successfully applied for a student district nurse NHS training post
• to have a sponsoring health care organisation and be employed by the NHS for the duration of the course

If you are shortlisted you attend a joint NHS and Sheffield Hallam Interview. You must bring original copies of your qualifications, certificates, NMC registration, course application form and references with you. This interview is your opportunity to demonstrate that you have the personal, NHS values based and intellectual qualities to complete the course and meet the required standards to become a district nurse.

You must show how you strive to improve health and wellbeing and peoples experience of the NHS.

You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling, you must fully declare during the admissions process any
• unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on convictions that must be declared see the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) website.
• disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or educational establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

You also need to complete
• a DBS Enhanced Disclosure, and provide us with a copy of your DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate if requested. Enrolment also depends on the DBS check being deemed suitable for professional training.
• occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course and an approved programme of immunisation, as recommended by the Department of Health. Health screening and immunisation are provided by your employer.

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements - from when you apply to the end of your course - you must tell the Professional Issues Team immediately by calling 0114 225 3995 or 0114 225 5786.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £8,000 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied (£2,670 for 60 credits).

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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