Choose Kingston's Adult Nursing PgDip

  • This course provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • This PgDip course is ideal if you are interested in a career in frontline, leadership or specialist nursing.
  • Our academic team members come from diverse backgrounds specific to adult nursing including cancer, dementia care, ICU, A&E, neuro, acute medicine, community (district nursing, health visiting), sexual health and respiratory nursing.
  • Our state-of-the-art simulation suite provides you with unrivalled opportunities to develop your skills in caring for adults through highly realistic simulations and role play. You will also have opportunities to learn with, and from, midwifery students and lecturers in simulations and share learning with the child, and mental health student nurses to enhance your skills in caring for clients from these fields.
  • Many members of our adult nursing teaching team have contributed to the latest Essentials of Nursing Practice textbook.
  • You will gain practical experience in an area of London or Surrey which includes an acute hospital and you will have opportunities to work in the community.
  • You will have the opportunity to take a national or international elective placement at the end of your first year.

About adult nursing

Adult nursing is a person-centred profession with the primary aim of promoting the well-being and social inclusion of all people through improving or maintaining physical and mental health (Department of Health, 2010). Adult nurses provide care for people over the age of 18 and increasingly for older people with complex conditions. They may also care for people with a mental health, learning disability or children. Adult nurses work in a range of settings including A&E, critical care, medical and surgical wards, rehabilitation units, GP practices, healthcare centres, hospices and in people's own homes.

What will you study?

The first year is divided into two parts. In part one, you will undertake a bridging module introducing you to the foundations of nursing and healthcare. In part two you will look at the context of nursing within a variety of client groups within your specific field of nursing. In your second year (part three) you will learn about the complexities of nursing at an individual and organisational level as well as preparing for your transition to a registered nurse.

Please note: We are unable to consider students for 2016 entry who are not eligible for a Department of Health bursary for this programme. Read more about how the funding will be changing in 2017.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Year 1 modules (part one and two)

  • Introduction to Nursing for Graduates
  • Nursing Practice Part 1
  • Nursing the Acutely Ill Adult
  • Long Term Conditions in Adult Nursing
  • Nursing Practice Part 2

Year 2 modules (part three)

  • Complexities of Adult Nursing
  • Transition to Professional Practice in Adult Nursing
  • Developing and Analysing Evidence-Based Practice
  • Nursing Practice Part 3

Learn a language

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Constants/themes throughout the programme

Modules may not contain all of these themes but they will be represented across the whole two-year programme:

  • Professional values.
  • Quality of life.
  • Working with diversity and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Medicines management.
  • Safeguarding and risk.
  • Lifespan.
  • Life sciences.
  • Managing and maintaining relationships.
  • Self-awareness and reflection.
  • Working with diversity and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Nursing skills (essential skills clusters).
  • Study skills.
  • Self-awareness and reflection.
  • Ethics and law.
  • Managing and maintaining relationships.
  • Research and evidence-based practice.
  • Creativity and problem-solving skills.

Cost & Fees

Kingston University and St George's, University of London only accept applications from UK and EU students for this course. The NHS pays the fees for this course but you need to apply for an NHS Bursary for this. If you are seconded to the course by your employer, your employing NHS trust pays your fees.

Program taught in:
  • English

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