24 months
3550 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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If you're a registered nurse or midwife on Part 1 or Part 2 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, this Early Years Practice Health Visiting course from University of Stirling will equip you with the higher level knowledge and skills to deliver safe and best practice in the role of Health Visitor.

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The development and delivery of the Early Years Practice Health Visiting course from University of Stirling  is supported by a multi-disciplinary collaboration with our NHS Health Board and Local Authority partners. This reflects the growing priorities that have been identified to provide an improved and more responsible level of care to support, protect and improve the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

You'll be taught by a group of world-leading academics and your experience is enhanced by working in collaboration with other faculties and researchers. The course features an equal split of theory and practice to ensure you can put everything you learn straight to work in a professional setting. 

A unique feature of this course is the provision of master classes delivered by expert and key note speakers. You’ll also benefit from a varied approach to teaching that includes webinars, online guided study, group-work, podcasts and experiential learning. Support and guidance is on hand from your personal tutor, as well as your Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor. 


The MSc/PgDip in Early Years Practice (Health Visiting) is a Nursing and Midwifery Council accredited health visitor course.  After completing it,you’ll be eligible for employment as a qualified Health Visitor. You'll have advanced knowledge and skills in public health, leadership and assessment and decision making. Career opportunities can include advanced specialist practice, leadership and academic roles.

  • Take your career to the next level
  • Study a curriculum shaped by world-leading academics and healthcare professionals
  • Get the professional qualifications you need alongside invaluable transferrable skills

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • GIRFEC: A Multi-agency Approach to Practice
  • The Principles and Practice of Child and Family Health & Wellbeing
  • Health Visiting in Practice
  • Understanding Children’s Experiences: Assessment and Decision Making
  • Improving Outcomes for Children & Young people
  • Contemporary Leadership in Early Years Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International applicants requiring a student visa are advised to apply at least eight weeks in advance of the start date.


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To gain entry to the MSc/PGDip Early Years Practice (Health Visiting), you must meet the following requirements.
  • Valid registration as a nurse or midwife on either parts 1 or 2 of the NMC professional register. We would welcome applications from nurses working in all fields of nursing (Adult, Child, Learning Disability and Mental Health) and midwives.
  • The ability to study at degree level (minimum academic level SCQF Level 9) (NMC 2004; Standard 5).
  • In order to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) practice requirements for the programme, you’ll need to be supported by an NHS Health Board/LA in an approved practice with a nominated practice assessor and practice supervisor. The placement will be negotiated between the University and NHS health boards and local authorities.

Work experience

  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and competence beyond your initial NMC registration, i.e. normally two years’ post registration experience as a registered nurse or midwife-however, other relevant professional experience can be considered. Each individual application is considered on their own merit.

Tuition Fee

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  • National

    3550 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7100 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • Fee for the PGDip £5,325
  • Fee for the Dissertation £1,775

Living costs for Stirling

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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