Requiring compassion, communication and care, nursing is a challenging but hugely rewarding occupation. The profession has changed over the last decade and is now at the heart of major developments in the NHS. In studying at Middlesex, you will learn a range of nursing skills and techniques to effectively care for adult patients. Problem-solving and critical decision-making will become second nature, and you will become confident working collaboratively in teams.
Why study PG Dip Nursing (Adult) at Middlesex University?
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.
Middlesex is a leading provider of nursing and midwifery education, with one of the highest student satisfaction ratings in London
We're also highly rated for our student support, which particularly helps students with non-traditional qualifications reach their potential
Almost 90% of our nursing graduates are in employment and the profession offers excellent progression
Your studies are supported by brand new state-of-the-art facilities including nursing skills labs, professional training equipment and a dedicated building that can deliver a range of high-fidelity simulations in areas such as resuscitation and dealing with seriously ill patients
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:
Graduate and Transferable Skills in Postgraduate Studies (30 credits)
Health and Social Sciences Research Approaches (30 credits)
Knowledge and Skills for Nursing Practice (30 credits)
What are the entry requirements for PG Dip Nursing (Adult) Pre-registration Programme?
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
Graduates from other disciplines can also be considered
Your degree should have been completed within the last five years
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).
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.
International entry requirements:
Following the removal of the bursary and changes to the funding of these programmes, we are awaiting further guidance from our commissioning partners on changes to the eligibility criteria and allocation of places for international fee paying students.
International entry requirements
International students are not eligible to apply for this course.
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 Northern Ireland. EU students are usually eligible to study nursing but may not receive full financial support.
Entrance tests and Interviews
If your application is successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a maths and English test at either Royal Free or Hendon University's campus. These tests are compulsory even if you meet our Maths and English GCSE application requirements. Invites will be sent by email, so please check your email account regularly, including the spam folders.
If you pass these tests, you will be invited to attend an interview.
If you are successful at interview, you will then be offered a place on the course subject to academic, health and police check requirements.
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:
Basic knowledge and awareness of chosen branch of nursing
Able to demonstrate non-judgemental approach and cultural awareness
Evidence of personal awareness, empathy and caring approach
Clear and coherent communication skills
Time management skills
Awareness of challenges during the course and coping strategies.
Additionally, the desired skills and qualities are:
Experienced gained of caring for others
Awareness of qualified nurse role and responsibilities in specified branch
Knowledge of advantages and disadvantages of working in teams.
How to apply
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.
How can the PG Dip Nursing (Adult) drive your career?
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.
The funding of health education is going through a transition period from student bursaries to student loans, and from 1 August 2017, all new nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students on pre-registration undergraduate and post-graduate courses will receive their tuition funding and financial support through the standard student support system.
However, in response to a consultation on the funding reforms, the Government has extended the existing bursaries for tuition fees and maintenance for students commencing a postgraduate pre-registration programme in the 2017/18 academic. This will cover a capped number of pre-registration places.
For more information on funding arrangements for studying nursing and midwifery pre-registration courses and what it means for you, visit The Funding Clinic website. Information on NHS bursaries can be found on the NHS website.