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One year full-time, three years part-time

Application Deadline

30 June 2020


St George's, University of London (dependent on pathway)

UK, EU and non-EU (international) citizens may apply

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You are able to complete a ‘personalised award’ (PDF) in which you self-select modules of study or a specific pathway that allows the exploration of specialist areas of practice, including the development of advanced skills in autonomous practice.

This qualification is awarded by St George’s, University of London and delivered by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, a partnership between Kingston University and St George’s.

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  • Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.

  • Taught in partnership with Kingston University – you will benefit from a large, multifaculty experience combined with the health science expertise offered by St George’s.

  • Access to postgraduate learning centre.

Tuition fees

A modular, pay-as-you-go fee structure is available.

You can find out the cost of each healthcare module, including the dissertation module, on the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education website

UK and EU 2020 tuition fees 
  • Full-time M.Sc.: £8,035

  • Part-time M.Sc. (2 years): £4,020 / year

  • Part-time M.Sc. (3 years): £2,608 / year

  • Full-time Postgraduate diploma: £5,420

  • Part-time Postgraduate diploma (2 years): £2,835 / year

  • Part-time Postgraduate diploma (3 years): £1,920 / year

  • Full-time Postgraduate certificate: £2,940 

Non-EU (International) 2020 tuition fees 
  • Full-time M.Sc. (1 year): £14,360

  • Full-time Postgraduate diploma: £9,720

  • Full-time Postgraduate certificate: £4,965 

Fees are reviewed on an annual basis for each year of entry.

There are opportunities to apply for funding offered by the Florence Nightingale Foundation. This includes scholarships for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages.

Funding your study

We have a range of funding opportunities available for students. You may be eligible for the following.

  • A postgraduate loan from the UK government of up to £10,609. Find out more information about postgraduate loans at fees and funding.

  • An alumni discount – if you're a former St George’s student you can qualify for an additional 10% discount from this course.

For more information, see our fees and funding pages

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You will need to meet both the entry and personal statement criteria to be considered for this course. 

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Standard entry requirements

  • 2:2 (lower second class) Honours degree or above in a recognised health-related subject (or an equivalent overseas qualification).

  • Recognised health-related professional qualification and evidence of current valid professional registration (e.g. PIN number).

  • Normally, one year post-qualifying practice experience and working in an area of healthcare practice when you apply.

  • Personal statement outlining reasons for applying.

  • Two satisfactory references, one of which must be an academic reference. The second should be a reference from your current employer dated within the last year (from date of application).

Module-specific requirements will apply to some modules.

Non-standard entry

Applications will be considered from non-standard applicants who can demonstrate the following certificated learning:

  • a Dip.H.E. from a UK or Republic of Ireland university or equivalent qualification from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland

AND one of the following completed within the last five years:

  • successful completion of a standalone module at level M or

  • a minimum of 30 credits from standalone modules at level 6, at or above grade B (60%).

The professional portfolio, interview and/or entrance test may be used as evidence of aptitude for M level study in borderline cases.

Advanced Practice route

In addition to the above academic requirements, you will be required to:

  • have a minimum of two years of full-time experience (or the equivalent in part-time hours) in health or social care employment

  • normally, be employed in a senior healthcare role and be working in a practice setting which enables the achievement of the specialist module outcomes/advanced practice competencies (DfH, 2010)

If you meet these requirements you will be invited to attend an interview to confirm you are in an appropriate role which supports the achievement of the advanced practice learning outcomes and assessments.

English language

If your native language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

English language tests are valid for only two years. If you took a test more than two years ago, you may be required to complete another. Applicants are only permitted a maximum of two test attempts within a one year period.

  • IELTS: overall 7.0, with 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in Speaking, Listening and Reading.
  • Pearson (PTE Academic): overall 65, with 65 in Writing and 59 in Speaking, Listening and Reading.
  • Cambridge English Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English): overall 185, with 185 in Writing and 176 in Speaking, Listening and Reading.
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English): overall 185, with no less than 185 in each section.

Personal statement and references

You will be asked to outline your reasons for applying for the course in a brief personal statement on the application form. You will also need to provide two satisfactory references. See the ‘Apply’ tab for more information.

At St George’s we offer a broad range of learning environments like traditional lecture-tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.

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Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is delivered using a variety of methods including:

  • lectures

  • e-learning

  • role-play

  • case studies and small group work

  • discussion groups

  • work-based learning.

The course director and pathway leaders oversee all aspects of student learning and assessment and provide individualised guidance with study planning. You will also have a personal tutor who oversees your progress through the course.

You are also allocated a research supervisor to support you through the research methods module and dissertation and there is a learning support lecturer who can provide one-to-one help with academic writing skills.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed using:

  • oral presentations

  • reports

  • written examinations

  • scope of practice portfolio

  • practice based assessments

  • case logs.

We operate a modular system for this course. This means the qualification is obtained by a process of credit accumulation – a model used on courses throughout the UK and Europe.

The course offers a varied and flexible programme of practical and academic study. You complete a personalised award in which you self-select modules of study or a specific pathway that allows the exploration of specialist areas of practice, like the development of advanced skills in autonomous practice.

Ream more about the personalised award (PDF).

There is provision for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), depending upon your choice of study route, and a flexible framework offering interim awards (Postgraduate Certificates and diplomas) as well as a full MSc. All routes include compulsory research modules.

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Compulsory core modules

  • Research Methods (15 credits)

  • Dissertation: Research Project or Work-Based Project or Systematic Review (60 credits)

You may choose to complete a traditional research project, work-based project or a systematic review for your dissertation. This offers flexibility and allows you to undertake a dissertation which will have meaning and relevance to your particular professional circumstances.

Specialist/option modules

All named pathways include at least one specialist compulsory module. Most also include self-selected option modules:

Most modules are available on a free-standing basis. You may choose further option modules from the full range of postgraduate courses offered by Kingston University and St George’s. This allows you to build a personalised programme of study to meet your specific development needs.

Read the full list of module descriptions.

Postgraduate Certificate in prescribing

  • Registrants with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) are awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Independent and/or Supplementary Prescribing.

  • Registrants with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (V300).

All applications must be submitted through our online application system.

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How to apply

  1. Click ‘Apply’ above.

  2. Create an account.

  3. Complete the application form and upload any relevant documents. You can save a partly completed form and return to it later. Please make sure you complete all sections. Please make sure that the information you provide is accurate, including the options you select in menus.

  4. Add to your address book to ensure you do not miss any important emails from us.

  5. When you have checked that your application is complete and accurate, click ‘Submit’.

You can track your application online.

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One year full-time, three years part-time

Application Deadline

30 June 2020

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