Graduate entry programmes are the fastest-growing nursing courses in the United States, and are increasingly important in the UK as the health sector requires nurses to take on higher-level responsibilities.
Nursing work is demanding but you will experience immense satisfaction from working as a team to provide seamless care to people in need.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Adult field) offers graduates of courses other than nursing the opportunity to gain professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an Adult Nurse. This new course has been developed with clinical colleagues and enables you to gain nursing registration in two years (with accreditation).
The course offers flexible entry routes to graduates from health and non-health related subjects, recognising previous academic experience (APL). It also recognises learning from experience within the workplace, for students who may have undertaken graduate studies and continued their learning within the workplace (APEL). See 'Entry and Applying' tab.
You will spend significant time in placement with our NHS Trust partners.
What you bring to nursing as a graduate
Critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills which are embedded in undergraduate education and transfer to nursing education and practice, as well as specific knowledge from your first degree, and possibly work/career experience.
What a career in nursing can do for you
Graduates who have gone into other careers first have told us they come to nursing because they are searching for greater satisfaction and impact from their work. They may be working on tasks or procedures from behind a computer - and the impact of their work is not evident on people. With nursing, your work is evident every day. Nurses care for the whole person. While they perform a number of procedures, the fundamental goal is the needs of the patient. As a nurse you are not only enhancing their health needs, but you are enhancing their ability to care for themselves.
But personal career development and the ability to progress is also important. As a nurse, the experience you will bring to the course will provide opportunity to take advantage of the increasing demand for higher level skills and qualities, enabling you to progress towards senior roles in nursing as your new career develops.
Tuition fees are paid for by the Department of Health and are not payable for the student.
- Year 1
- 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
- Year 2
- 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. The proposed modules are listed below. 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 recogition 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)
You can find out more about teaching and assessment in the programme specification.
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. Because this programme is delivered in two years all applicants will need to meet Accredited Prior Learning requirements and to do so will need to demonstrate health related experience Please follow the link above to download our FAQ sheet for more detailed information on Accredited Prior Learning and how it is applied.
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 Please follow the link above to download our Frequently Asked Questions on Prior Accreditation sheet for more detailed information on Accredited Prior Learning and how it is applied.
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.
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.
- Our admission team will then consider your application, and we will contact you within four weeks to inform you whether you have been shortlisted.
- If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Invites will be sent by email, so please check your email account regularly, including the spam folders.
- 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.
International students are ineligible to apply for this course.
There are many well-paid nursing jobs within both the NHS and private sector. The skills you will bring into the degree may enable you to progress quicker up the Nursing career ladder. The table below shows a selection of nursing jobs in the NHS and their associated salaries. If you work in the private sector, you may earn even more.
|Job Title||Salary Range|
|Entry Level Nurse||£25.4K to £33K|
|Nurse Specialist||£30.6K to £40.4K|
|Nurse Team Leader||£30.6K to £40.4K|
|Health Visitor||£30.6K to £40.4K|
|Nurse Advanced||£36.6K to £46.4K|
|Nurse Team Manager||£36.6K to £46.4K|
|Health Visitor Specialist||£36.6K to £46.4K|
|Modern Matron||£45.1K to £52.8K|
|Nurse Consultant||£45.1K to £73.4K|
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.
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.
Click here to view Tina's full staff profile
No tuition fees are payable for Pg Dip Nursing for 2014 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. Please note this information was correct for September 2013 entry and is subject to change for September 2014 entry.
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.