Requiring compassion, communication and care, nursing is a challenging but hugely rewarding occupation. The profession has changed dramatically over the last decade and is now at the heart of major developments in the NHS. In studying at Middlesex University, you will learn a range of essential nursing skills and techniques to effectively care for adult patients in a variety of healthcare environments. Problem solving and critical decision-making will become second nature, and you will become confident working collaboratively in teams; ensuring you are able to assess, plan and implement adult care effectively.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Adult field) provides an opportunity to gain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in just two years. The course is primarily suited to graduates with health related degrees, however graduates in other subjects are actively encouraged to apply.
Developed in close consultation with our Trust partners (both acute and primary care), service users and previous students, this innovative diploma consists of an equal split between theory and practice. You will be equipped with a range of essential nursing skills and techniques in order to effectively care for adult patients in a variety of healthcare environments. We will develop your presence of mind and flexibility required to juggle the needs of multiple patients at the same time. Communication skills are fundamental to being a successful nurse, therefore you must have the personal skills to ease tension and anxiety in testing circumstances.
As part of your training you'll learn how to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for adults of all ages possessing a range of health conditions. There's plenty to learn in an ever-evolving, high pressure environment, so it's essential that you're observant and able to assess what is best for each individual.
Knowledge and Skills for Nursing Practice (30 Credits) – Compulsory
Managing Care of the Adult Patient (30 Credits) – Compulsory
Practice Learning 1 PG (15 Credits) – Compulsory
Practice Learning 2 PG (15 Credits) – Compulsory
Practice Learning 3 PG (15 Credits) – Compulsory
Working in Partnership in Healthcare (15 Credits) - Compulsory
Managing Care of the Patient with Complex Needs (30 Credits) – Compulsory
Practice Learning 4 PG (15 Credits) – Compulsory
Practice Learning 5 PG (15 Credits) – Compulsory
Practice Learning 6 PG (15 Credits) – Compulsory
Preparation for Professional Practice in Adult Nursing (15 Credits) - Compulsory
The course consists of 50% theory and 50% practice. You will be taught separately from the undergraduate nursing groups.
You will receive APL (Accreditation for Prior Learning)/ APEL (Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning) for the following modules, in recognition of your previous study and relevant experience:
Applicants will be considered on an individual basis but will normally require a degree with a classification of 2.2 or better in health related subjects such as health studies, biology, psychology, sociology. However graduates from other disciplines can also be considered.
In according with the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), you will also need GCSE maths and English at Grade C or above (or equivalent).
Because this programme is delivered in two years instead of three, all applicants will need to meet Accredited Prior Learning requirements and to do so will need to demonstrate health-related experience. More detailed information on Accredited Prior Learning and how it is applied can be found here.
You must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years at the beginning of the year when your course starts and have full settled status.
There are some exceptions and other conditions in relation to fees and bursary payments.
To begin the course you must also complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check, Occupational Health Check, and provide suitable references.
We are unable to accept applications for deferred entry or defer existing offers for this programme to the next possible start date.
For a comprehensive list of qualifications accepted by Middlesex, see further information under entry requirements.
Nationality and status
For nursing and midwifery courses you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK, throughout the three years preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course for purposes other than full-time education AND have settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971. There must be no restrictions on your length of stay in the UK. You must be ordinarily resident in England, Scotland, Wales or Northen Ireland. EU students are usually eligible to study nursing but may not receive full financial support.
Application and interview process
Applications for UK and EU students should be made to UCAS – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. The institution code for Middlesex is M80, and the code name is MIDDX. You also need the code for the course you wish to apply for – this is found in on the right column on this screen.
If you are invited to interview, we strongly recommend that you prepare well. We would recommend familiarising yourself with the main nursing journals such as Nursing Standard or Nursing, as well as the specific requirements of the field of nursing you have chosen.
We will be considering the criteria listed below through a variety of methods such as direct questioning and observation. The essential skills and qualities are:
Additionally, the desired skills and qualities are:
International students are ineligible to apply for this course.
On successful completion of the course, graduates are eligible to enter the professional register for nursing. You will receive career guidance from a professional development tutor and take part in a workshop to discuss jobs opportunities within the various trusts.
Employment prospects in the nursing field are excellent with almost 90% of our students in employment six months after graduation. There are many well-paid nursing jobs within both the NHS and private sector.
Our nursing graduates have gone on to work in roles including nurse, health co-ordinator, ITU critical care specialist, ward manager and ward sister, in hospitals including: North Middlesex, Whittington, UCL, Ealing, Royal London, Princess Alexandra, and Royal Free.
Tina Moore is the course leader for PG Dip Nursing at Middlesex. A published author and key note speaker at nursing conferences, Tina is also actively undertaking research in areas including experiences of the acutely/critically ill patient, nursing values and clinical competences in relation to the acutely/critically ill.
No tuition fees are payable for Pg Dip Nursing for 2015 entry.
Pg Dip Nursing students who satisfy the conditions for eligibility are entitled to a non-means tested bursary and may be able to apply for a means tested bursary from the NHS, and a reduced rate student loan from Student Finance England. You may also be able to get extra money for dependants and help towards childcare costs as well as some money towards travel costs.
You can apply for your student loan via the Directgov website, but you must remember to tick the box that says that you have applied for an income assessed NHS bursary.