University of Brighton

University of Brighton

Community Specialist Practice

The course is delivered in a variety of ways, and is flexible enough to meet the needs of part-time students. Delivery is typically via e-learning, lectures, seminars, workbooks for work-based learning and simulation in our clinical skills and simulation suite and flexible learning environment. You will be allocated practice placements by your employing trust, and assigned a dedicated tutor to support your learning in practice. You will also undertake a period of alternative practice during which you can spend a week in another practice environment, to diversify your skills and experience base. A variety of learning and teaching strategies are used including problem-based and work-based learning. You need to be highly motivated and be prepared to actively engage with all aspects of your learning. Public health roles are diverse, and flexibility in the course gives you the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to suit your personal and professional ambitions. You will be supported throughout your course and placements by a practice teacher and mentors. A variety of learning approaches are utilised in the course, which can be tailored to your preferred learning styles.

Entry requirements

Degree and/or experience: registration as nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council under General Practice Nursing RN1, RNA; Nursing in the Home (District Nursing) RN1, RNA. And normally hold a health-related degree at 2:1 or above; have successfully completed study within the last five years; normally have a minimum of six months' post-registration experience, preferably in the community; demonstrate the potential to benefit from masters-level study. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

Course modules

Research Methods: this module, shared with other students in the graduate programme, facilitates the development of knowledge and skills required to inform evidence-based practice, and prepares students for completion of a dissertation.
Research Evidence in Practice:This is a practice-based module focusing on the evidence underpinning clinical practice and theory - practice relationships.
Transforming Practice: the challenges of change: The aim of this module is to develop practitioners who will take a lead role in the management and development of effective strategies for health and social care interventions. This module is shared across the community nursing programmes with level 6 students.
Nurse Prescribing from the Community Nurse Prescribers Formulary:
This module is mandatory for those undertaking the Nursing in the Home / District Nursing pathway.
In addition to the core modules mentioned above, you can choose from a wide choice of optional modules which allow you to study topics of personal and professional interest, including:leadership and management; practising public health; assessing individuals and families; practice development through work-based learning; investigating health and social care.

Assessment methods

With the guidance of a tutor, you will set out a professional development plan (PDP) from the initial interview, which will be reviewed throughout the course. The PDP helps to integrate your personal areas of advancement with the existing requirements of the knowledge and skills framework. It also serves as evidence of your expanded skill set in order to boost your future employability. The PDP also ensures that your needs are assessed on an ongoing basis and adjustments made accordingly, particularly useful if an extended part-time route is taken.

Sponsorship information

NHS funding is available and may vary depending on individual circumstances.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Falmer Campus Brighton BN1 9PH South East

Key information

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