Ulster University

Ulster University

Specialist Nursing Practice

This course is aimed at registered nurses who wish to progress their career in a specific specialist field. It builds on the learning that occurred at Postgraduate Diploma Level and facilitates the student to deepen knowledge in research methods. Subjects include: district nursing, community children�s nursing and community mental health and community learning disability nursing.

Entry requirements

At least two years clinical experience after initial registration as a nurse. All entrants must have up-to-date registration with the United Kingdom, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). They must be able to provide the name of a sign-off mentor who has agreed to provide supervision across the 75 day practice learning period. The sign-off mentor must hold an up-to-date specialist practice qualification with the NMC and be named on a recognised sign-off mentor register within Northern Ireland. Such registers are held in Health and Social Care Trusts by the Practice Education Coordinator. In addition, entrants must have a degree in Nursing.

Course modules

This programme consists of three core modules and two specialist modules. The core modules focus on topics such as: research and practice development; leadership; management and decision-making; living with long-term conditions. The two specialist modules relate specifically to the particular pathway or option being studied i.e. understanding the management of type 2 diabetes or developing therapeutic skills in district nursing or clinical nursing practice in community nursing learning disability.

Assessment methods

The award is achieved by completion of a 60 credit (600 hours) research-based dissertation.


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

Campus details

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

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