Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) with Professional Registration in Nursing (Adult Field)

The Postgraduate Diploma is a two year, full time programme for graduate entrants, which leads to a Postgraduate Diploma with Professional Registration in Nursing (Adult). Developed in close collaboration with our service partners and users, and delivered by approachable and supportive staff with a national reputation for developing award winning nurses, the primary benefits of this innovative programme are:

  • it offers graduates an opportunity to study nursing in a community of exceptional nurse learners in an institution renowned for the quality of its healthcare research 
  • it enables graduates to ‘fast track’ to professional registration as a nurse.

About the programme

More Information

Telephone: 01904 321321


Brochure: Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Brochure (PDF  , 922kb)

Our Programme Philosophy

We believe that nurses have an essential contribution to make to modern healthcare and its delivery. We aim to support you to become an exceptional registered nurse working in partnership with the public to promote health, and able to provide sensitive, evidence-based care and emotional support to clients, patients and their carers across the lifespan.

Our staff

Our approachable, available and supportive staff, work collaboratively with clinical practitioners to support our nursing students. They are committed to providing a vibrant, challenging and supportive learning environment which will enable students to fulfil their potential.

Our students

We regard nursing students as the potential nursing leaders of the future. We support students to become proactive, self-directed learners who will develop empathy, insight and intellectual independence enabling them to deliver care to the highest standards.

The following link takes you to a video about postgraduate life in York (but see our page for details about accommodation). 


The Post Graduate Diploma prepares you for your future role as a skilled and reflective adult nurse, able to use sound clinical judgement to deliver thoughtful, compassionate, evidence-based care to enhance the future health and well-being of the communities you serve.

During your studies you will learn alongside students on other nursing programmes. You will be taught via lectures, seminars and co-operative learning groups. You will stay in the same CLG with other Post Graduate nursing students for the whole of your programme. This will provide you with the opportunity to form co-operative learning relationships with your peers.

Modules you will study include: Principles of professional identity; Knowledge and skills for nursing practice; Patient and client experience and contemporary nursing practice; Safety and risk in adult nursing care; Evidence-based practice and the nurse-patient or client relationship; Caring for the individual with long term conditions; Individual and public health policy; Supporting the individual with acute and complex adult care needs; Ethics and philosophy for nursing.


Practice experiences will take place across the beautiful North Yorkshire Region offering you experiences of delivering care with diverse communities in a range of health and social care environments. You will begin your practical experience three months into the programme. You are required to undertake a total of four periods of assessed practice over the two years.

The Department of Health Sciences has adopted a base and spoke model of practice experience to ensure your practice experience focusses on the learning outcomes you need to achieve. You will be allocated to a base practice experience area, which may be a day unit, clinic, community nursing team or hospital ward. From there, through negotiation, you will access spoke areas which will support and supplement your learning. This will provide you with some flexibility to follow the journeys of patients, clients, service users and carers.


The programme is designed to ensure that you are well supported throughout the two years. In practice you have access to nurse mentors and link lecturers who will help to ensure you maximize your opportunities for learning. In theory you are allocated personal supervisors who will provide you with support for your academic work. Additionally Student Services acts as a first point of contact if you need information or assistance with a problem.

MSc in Nursing Practice 

After successfully completing the Postgraduate Diploma with Professional Registration (Adult) you may, at a later stage, top up your qualification to an MSc in Nursing Practice through the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) route by undertaking a 60 credit Service Improvement Project. If you do decide to top up to the MSc, the fees for this additional element of study will need to be paid either by you or your employer.

About you

Aspiring to make a valuable contribution to modern healthcare, you will be caring and compassionate and committed to making a real difference to people’s lives.

You will normally possess a 2:1 honours degree in a health related subject and GCSEs in Maths, English Language and Science (grade A*-C). You will normally be able to demonstrate 600 hours of healthcare related experience. This may include experience of healthcare support work, voluntary work overseas, befriending older people and charity work (e.g. with Age UK, Shelter, St Johns Ambulance). 

A full list of acceptable health related subjects and healthcare related experience can be found on our website. Additional subjects and experiences will be reviewed on an individual basis.

How to apply

You will need to apply via UCAS for this programme.


You will also need to complete an NMC/APL skills map (MS Word  , 41kb) to evidence learning from your health related experience inline with current university and NMC policy.

Guidance on completing the NMC/APL skills map can be found here - guidance on completing the NMC/APL skills map (MS Word  , 47kb).

Applications will then be shortlisted for interview. All offers will be subject to occupational health and Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks. 

For dates for 2016/17 interviews, please visit our interview dates webpage.

Finance and Accommodation

Financial Support

For information about student finances relating to the Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Adult), please visit our nursing and midwifery finance web page.


Information about accommodation for PG Diploma Nursing students can be found on the following link: accommodation office. Please see 'later course start date' tab on this page for specific details about accommodation for Postgraduate Nursing students.