MSc Community Public Health Nursing (top-up)

If you want the opportunity to make best use your healthcare training by positively influencing your career prospects and improving service delivery in practice, top-up your PgDip SCPHN to an MSc Community Public Health Nursing from the University of Bolton.

MSc Community Public Health Nursing (top-up)

Course details

If you’ve already successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting), you can build up to an MSc qualification by completing a 60 credit dissertation module at the University of Bolton. You’ll explore the ethical principles, values and moral concepts in health and social care, and choose a specific topic to research in depth for your dissertation, with the aim of developing both your theoretical knowledge and practical abilities.

During the programme you’ll be guided in making links between research, theory and practice, and have opportunities to use and enhance your skills in critical analysis, decision making, service delivery and leadership. You’ll be expected to use your discretion and judgement effectively, deal with complex issues systematically and creatively, and communicate your conclusions clearly. Throughout this course you’ll have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of professional practice and improve your skills in the workplace.

  • Start date: 23/09/2019 or 27/01/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 1 year

Course highlights:

  • This programme will give you the opportunity to advance your professional development by building skills and awareness in a health and social care discipline of your choice.
  • The MSc Community Public Health Nursing Top-up can be completed around your day-to-day role with the support of an academic supervisor.
  • On successful completion of this course you will be awarded an MSc in Community Public Health Nursing.

Key features:

  • The MSc Community Public Health Nursing Top-up programme is ideal for students who want to build on earlier postgraduate study to complete a Master’s degree.
  • This programme incorporates collaborative working with NHS North West and other NHS organisations.
  • You’ll have access to University facilities, including our well-stocked library and 24/7 computer suite.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 23/09/2019 or 27/01/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 1 year

You must have already successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting).

You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with normally no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

On successful completion of your studies, you’ll be able to synthesise practice and theory, in decision-making within practice, service delivery and leadership and demonstrate competence, autonomy and professional accountability in the development of higher level skills. You should be able to enhance service delivery and outcomes for service users and/or the community.

The course aims to develop professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base for community nursing care. It will develop problem-solving skills and prepare you to take a leadership role in the community context.

What can I do with this qualification?

The context of public health practice, both within and outside of the NHS, is constantly changing and opportunities for career development and innovative approaches to service provision exist. The course can support your progression towards becoming a nursing leader for the future. Many graduates go on to or continue to work within the NHS.

The knowledge and skills that you’ll have achieved on successful completion of this course can be applied to a wide range of community nursing or public health roles in various settings, such as NHS Clinical Nurse Manager, Practice Education Facilitator or Manager of a Care Home. You could consider careers in advanced clinical practice, public health practice or government.

You’ll also be able to consider further postgraduate study in research. Research students can become engaged in a range of research projects that focus on advancing nursing knowledge, skills and expertise as well as improving health outcomes for patients and families.

Alternative career options

  • Teaching and education
  • Policy research
  • Children and families social work
  • Journalism
  • School nursing
  • Voluntary sector
  • Health promotion
  • Health service management
  • Community development
  • Counselling
  • Mental health
  • Probation

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or


International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Dissertation

Teaching, learning and assessment

This course is largely self-directed, so you’ll be required to manage your own independent learning. You’ll have the opportunity to identify topics you’d like to investigate during your dissertation and will discuss these with your supervisor. These topics should be areas of health or social care that both interest you but that will also challenge you to build your knowledge and understanding of the subject. Once you’ve chosen your topics and clarified the project with your supervisor, a timetable will be established for study, meetings and approval. Most of your learning will be self-initiated, supported by supervisory contact.

Assessment is via a 15,000-word dissertation. Formative assessment techniques are also used to promote ongoing learning.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (98%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (2%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Start date:
    23/09/2019 or 27/01/2020
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    1 year

Contact us

Russell Gurbutt
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903707

Sue First
Dissertation Module Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903755

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903