Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registration has been designed to support a wide range of registered nurses who wish to undertake health visiting or school nursing. You must have successfully achieved a secondment by a provider in order to access the course.

Reasons to study the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course from De Montfort University:

  • Benefit from flexible study alongside your work commitments
  • Choose from two specialist pathways and a range of optional modules relevant to your career interests
  • While gaining Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration in either Health Visiting or School Nursing you also benefit from opportunities to undertake the NMC-recorded qualification Nurse Prescribing (V100)
  • Enhance your employability with the confidence to drive through change at a strategic or operational level within your workplace
  • Develop the specialist knowledge and skills to provide effective specialist community public health nursing, to individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Study an integrated theory and practice approach, to develop the necessary skills and knowledge for safe and effective practice
  • Our experienced academic staff are all registered and practising specialist community public health nurses
  • Our strong links and direct input from experienced clinical practitioners ensure your learning is relevant to current practice

Graduate careers

A postgraduate academic qualification and NMC registration in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Heath Visiting or School Nursing) will enhance your professional portfolio and support your career progression in providing high-quality patient, family, group and community public healthcare. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Contemporary Approaches to Child Development
  • Promoting the Wellbeing of Children and Young people 0-19
  • Public Health
  • Utilising Evidence to Advance and Develop Nursing Practice
  • An Assets Approach to Support Effective Parenting

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 13 months
    • Duration description
      • 52 weeks
      • Not available to international students
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits

    You must complete 180 credits for the MSc or 120 credits for the PG Dip.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Effective registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register
  • A UK honours degree with at least a second class honours in a nursing field (or equivalent at the discretion of the programme leader)
  • To have undertaken academic study within the last five years

Applicants must apply through an advert advertised through NHS jobs and be successful at a joint interview process.

Tuition Fee

If you work in the NHS you may be eligible for funding from the Education Commission Unit of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

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Living costs for Leicester

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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