Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Nursing (Specialist Practice in Nursing)

This course aims to enable nurses to attain competency and expertise to provide care as specialist practitioners, as defined by the NMC (2001), and by virtue of their participation in more advanced professional and academic study, to develop their capabilities as leaders, innovators and clinical supervisors.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a 1st degree in nursing or a relevant subject. Applicants must also hold a current and recognised professional qualification in nursing and have a minimum of 1 year's post-registration experience specific to the area of specialist practice being undertaken. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the School for advice.

Course modules

This postgraduate programme comprises 6 modules and a clinical component. 3 core modules and 3 specialist specific modules with a clinical component that incorporates the clinical competencies required for a specialist practitioner (NMC,2001). The following specialist practice pathways are offered: anaesthetic nursing; oncology nursing; cardiology nursing; nursing care for older people; respiratory nursing; palliative care.

Assessment methods

Methods of assessment includes presentation or practical demonstration, written examination, written assessment and seminars.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years

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School of Nursing and Midwifery
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028 9097 5735