PgDip Adult Nursing

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Our PGDip in Adult Nursing is an accelerated 2-year programme, which is supported by the NHS and designed in partnership with practice colleagues and service users to provide a high quality, flexible, student-centred and patient-focused educational experience. This will develop practitioners that are highly employable and recognised for the additional academic credibility they achieve.

We have one intake in March, which is build on the core values of the NHS constitution and fully prepares students for the challenges of modern nursing practice. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will gain both an academic award (PGDip) and eligibility to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council as an adult nurse. Support is available from a range of sources to guide students’ academic and practice development throughout the programme.

This course is 50% theory and 50% clinical practice with placements in both the hospital and community settings. You will also have the opportunity to gain the added value of an additional award in acute illness management (AIMS©) at the end of the programme. The course takes place over 45 weeks per year, and is the equivalent of 41.1 hours per week.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

The choice of possible career routes is diverse and after graduation there are opportunities for work within the National Health Service, in the private sector, or overseas.

This  course will develop practitioners that are highly employable and recognised for the additional academic credibility they achieve. 

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Entry requirements

All applicants must have achieved a minimum 2.1 honours degree, which should have been achieved within the previous five years.

All applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence demonstrating a minimum of 450 hours of practical experience and a minimum of 450 hours of relevant academic study, via a portfolio of Recognition of prior learning (RPL). This must be verified by a registered professional, preferably a nurse. This RPL forms part of the 4,600 hours of theory and practice, which is required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to register as an adult nurse.

The pre-entry portfolio document can be downloaded here.

On receipt of UCAS application and prior to shortlisted candidates being invited for interview, candidates will be sent the portfolio and learning resources that help applicants work towards the required Recognition of prior learning  (RPL) for this accelerated programme. 

All students must have evidence of achieving literacy and numeracy at minimum GCSE grade C (4) and evidence of IT skills to a minimum of level 2 within their entry qualifications. Passes in English Language GCSE (C=4), mathematics GCSE (grades C=4) and science GCSE (grades C=4)

IT related GCSE (grades C=4) or Key Skills Level II (or equivalent) in IT will provide this evidence

GCSE requirements must be met before application.

We will accept GCSE science, biology, additional science and applied science.




There is further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.


All shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview. Interviews will take the form of a an individual interview. You will also be required to complete a written test at interview. If you have a disability that you think will affect your ability to participate in any of these activities, please tell us about these when you confirm your intention to attend for the interview.

Course details

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Core Units

Foundations in Nursing Practice

This Unit will introduce students to professional issues and codes of practice. It will support their developing self awareness and skills of reflective practice. 

Principles of Nursing Practice 1

This unit will build on existing critical understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, exploring  the relationship between the normal functioning of the body and various disease processes. The student will also be provided with a foundation in key nursing skills, designed to link theory to the practice of assessing and evaluating patient care.

Principles of Practice 2

This unit builds on the knowledge and understanding from year 1 block 1 and encourages students to develop and apply their skills and ability to critically appraise evidence in a range of situations to support practice.

Nursing in Contemporary Society

This unit aims to support students to  critically explore and evaluate concepts of health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan. The wider determinants of health will be explored with a focus on the social model of care. There is a focus on public health, health promotion and communication. Evidence based practice and current healthcare policy will be critiqued interpreted and applied to nursing in a contemporary society.

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Core Units

Global Perspectives of Nursing

A 10 credit unit that will enable an appreciation of the implications of globalization for nursing. 

Evidence for Practice

This unit will enable students to gain an understanding of nursing research and its application to contemporary nursing practice.

Transition to Professional Nursing

The aim of this unit is to promote transition from a nursing student to a registered practitioner who is able to think critically about their practice and synthesise new ideas.

Assessment weightings and contact hours


Additional information about this course

Health checks: You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment which will include the consideration of appropriate immunisations. Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University. Professional Suitability: Students on programmes leading to professional qualifications are required to adhere to professional standards and codes of practice during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. Students will be briefed about the requirements at the start of their studies.Course specific regulations: Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely. There are therefore some exceptions to the standard University Assessment Regulations for those students, for example limitations on resits and on compensation of failed marks.

Placements options

Placements in the clinical practice setting are a key element and form half of the course.

Department of Nursing

Our Department of Nursing is a large team of specialists, covering many aspects of nursing and healthcare, offering real insight and experience of professional practice.

The department is passionate and enthusiastic about helping students achieve their goals, working to the mission statement of not just providing academic qualifications, but equipping students with the tools to become professionals.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

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How to apply

Application to be submitted via UCAS


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