Nursing in General Practice MSc

Nursing in General Practice MSc

School of Community Health and Midwifery


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Part-time 2-3 years

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Post-registration

  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Campus:


  • Start Date:

    January and September

  • Award Type:


Why study this programme?

This course is aimed at those nurses who wish to further their knowledge within the context of General Practice. Students will have opportunity to undertake a variety of modules according to need and/or interest. This is a unique and flexible approach to learning, as the student can chose from catalogue of modules focusing on practice nursing skills such as  long term conditions, acute management of patients, treatment room skills, leadership skills and non-medical prescribing.

The rationale for this course is based around the national agenda identified in The Five Year Forward (NHS England, 2014) and the implementation of the General Practice Nursing Standards (Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) & the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), 2015). Furthermore,  a key benefit of the  programme is that they will align to District Nursing and General Practice Nursing: Education and Career Framework (Health Education England, 2015).

This programme utilises the RCGP & RCN (2015) ‘General Practice Nursing Competencies’ framework which allow the nurse to address the wide range of skills, knowledge and behaviours required of a fully proficient general practice nurse.

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Entry Requirements

  • Have a first degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent, in a relevant subject (i.e. health related, pure science or social science) from an approved institution of higher education. If you do not meet these criteria you are advised to contact the course leader for advice. Transfer of credits in accordance with University regulations may be possible.
  • Be working in a general practice environment that will enable them to meet and achieve the course learning outcomes.
  • Be able to provide two references (one practice/work and one academic).
  • Be able to satisfy the Course Leader that you are suitable to engage with the programme.
  • Informal enquiries are welcomed. Your application will be considered on its merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme. You may be invited for an informal discussion before being offered a place. The purpose of this discussion is first to ensure that you understand the nature of the programme and its demands and to pathway plan your modular route leading to the identified award and exit point.
  • If you do not meet the above criteria you may still be considered for admission to the programme; you will be required to provide evidence of suitable experience and supportive qualifications.
  • Have the ability to be self-funding or have the commitment of their employer to support course fees.
  • Have their manager’s support for the course (where appropriate).

Programme at a Glance

Introduction to Post Graduate Research
(20 credits)

NU 4053
Triple Dissertation
(60 credits)

Fundamentals in General Practice 2
(20 credits)


A selection of option modules from the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing Portfolio to complete 180 credits in total.

Further Information

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course team/module leaders are all qualified in the field in which they teach and hold relevant NMC registration (where applicable). Each member of the team has their own specialty and are involved with publishing their work.

A major strength of the MSC Nursing in General Practice course is the expertise of staff to facilitate shared learning across a range of community disciplines. This facilitates the discussion of common issues and concerns, enabling examples of good practice to be shared.

The emphasis of the teaching and learning strategy will be student-centred and aimed at utilising and maximising your own experiences to assist the learning process. This diversity of experience enables the use of a variety of approaches to teaching and learning particularly the use of problem-based learning, experiential learning, web-based learning, seminars, debate and other informal, interactive methods. Modules are assessed using a variety.

Each module will identify appropriate assessment strategies.

A range of assessment strategies include:

Written assignments e.g. essays, case studies, reflective accounts, dissertation

Presentations – oral and poster presentations

Portfolio development

More details

Download and view our course flyer for more information.