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M.Sc. On Campus

Specialist Practice (District Nursing)

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

12 months
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The Specialist Practice (District Nursing) from University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is a professional practice programme for registered adult nurses working in the community and aspiring to move into team leader grade roles. 

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We place a strong focus on nurturing positive relationships with team members and other colleagues, disciplines and agencies, and working in partnership with service users and carers to develop user and family-centred holistic care. 

You'll evaluate knowledge relating to change and service improvement, and put forward your own ideas for initiating and leading service developments.

Completing the Specialist Practice (District Nursing) from University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)  full or part-time alongside your work, and studying at a pace that suits you and your organisation, you'll put what you learn into practice in your work, supported by your own mentor.

Careers / Further study

NHS employers increasingly require district nurses to hold the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recordable specialist practice qualification (SPQ) in district nursing. You'll achieve this by completing the course to PG Dip level.

You can choose to continue to master's level if you want to take your learning further, carrying out your own research on an area of practice that interests you.

You'll be equipped to lead teams of nurses in the community, and to work in more senior district nurse roles. You will be sought after for your leadership skills, strategic thinking, and ability to manage large teams of nurses in challenging and complex environments.


PG Dip / MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing) leads to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) recordable specialist practice qualification (SPQ) in district nursing.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Current Issues in Community Practice
  • Health and Social Care Research and Methodologies
  • Leadership and Innovation
  • V100 Prescribing Practice
  • Community Specialist Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • There are no specific deadlines, but the sooner you apply, the less likely you are to miss out.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will be required to apply for each module, whether you are studying for the full Master's course or individual modules as CPD.

Living costs for Bristol

750 - 1260 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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