PgD in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing


Program Description

Make a difference in the lives and well-being of children and families while advancing your career with our PgD Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN). Communities have diverse needs and challenges – and we’ve designed a programme that will prepare you to meet them.

As a health visitor, you will have the opportunity to serve the common good on a daily basis, promoting better health at an individual, group and community level. And at GCU, you’ll get a world-class education from an institution with a long history of training in the field.

We’ll help you develop the skills you need for effective and efficient care, with a child- and family-centered approach that empowers providers and patients alike. With a focus on preventive and anticipatory care, you’ll take on a unique role in health service, collaborating with and encouraging new parents and their families.

You’ll use the lessons you learn in GCU’s friendly, diverse and thriving community to build rapport, offering support and encouragement wherever you go next.

Graduate prospects

With a Ph.D. Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting), you’ll be fully prepared to advance in a rewarding new career and make a positive impact on your community. Our graduates complete the programme with Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register. This programme also offers a discrete pathway within the MSc Health and Social Care.

What you will study

Research, Public Health Theory to Social Action, Enhanced Health Visiting Practice; Contemporary Leadership and Change, SCPHN Consolidation of Practice. Integrated throughout the modules is Nurse Prescribing V100.


This programme articulates as a discrete pathway within the MSc Health and Social Care. Attainment of the MSc Health and Social Care will be conferred following successful completion of a Masters Research Dissertation.

Entry requirements

NHS entry only

This course is only open to applicants with support from an NHS Board via NHS SHOW.

Typical entry requirements

UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent), Nursing and Midwifery Council first level registered; Practice Teacher availability.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognized professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 7.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £4000
  • RUK: £4000
  • EU: £4000
  • International: n/a

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student inquiries team.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

The School of Health and Life Sciences, one of three academic schools in GCU, brings together the departments of Life Sciences, Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences and Nursing and Commu ... Read More

The School of Health and Life Sciences, one of three academic schools in GCU, brings together the departments of Life Sciences, Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences and Nursing and Community Health. Working in partnership with our staff, students and external stakeholders, the School of Health and Life Sciences has created a unifying vision designed to meet the 2020 University Strategy, embedding excellence, engagement and energy into every aspect of school life. Read less