Ulster University

Ulster University

Specialist Nursing Practice

The programme is aimed at preparing nurses for leadership roles in a field of nursing of their choice. There are a range of Pathways to suit all nurses including district nursing, mental health nursing, learning disability nursing, and community children's nursing. The full range of adult nursing specialisms include, palliative care, stroke care, diabetes care and emergency care. The programme leads to more than one qualification. You will obtain a degree from Ulster University and a professional qualification from the United Kingdom Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Students of district nursing also obtain a further professional qualification in nurse prescribing.

Entry requirements

Satisfy the University's general entry requirements and: Hold a degree in nursing or equivalent or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL); hold current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and have completed a period of experience as a registered nurse to have consolidated pre-registration outcomes; have the support of an employer for 75 days practice learning and the name of an appropriately qualified sign-off mentor in the practice learning setting; have competency in written and spoken English (IELTS 7.0). Applicants for the district nursing pathway (and self -funded students) are required to complete Access NI Checks.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods including OSCEs, Reflective and academic essays, case studies and portfolio are used. Patients and families are involved in the assessment process.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Jordanstown Campus Newtownabbey BT37 0QB Northern Ireland

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