• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2020

Course Overview

Our two-year PGDip in Nursing allows graduates with an honours degree to take the next steps towards a rewarding career in nursing. As a graduate you already have many transferrable skills needed to succeed, including ability to organise, work within a team and manage your time. Your degree means you can complete your nursing qualification and register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) faster.

What will this course cover?

Working with patients can be challenging and complex. We help you develop the necessary personal and professional qualities of a good nurse. As well as learning about policy and procedure, you will develop important attributes such as empathy and compassion. Additionally you'll learn how to cope with challenging situations and will leave the course feeling confident in a clinical setting.

Nurses require excellent communication. As part of the practical element of the course you will work with other health professionals to manage patients and attend to their specific needs. The mix of contact hours and work placements means when you finish the course you'll have all the necessary skills to deliver a high standard of care.

Course Details


Experience in a clinical environment

We understand that it's important for you to gain practical experience and the positive impact it will have on your study. From year one you will develop skills in a clinical environment and be supported by a range of professionals. Working in this environment reminds and motivates you that you will be making a positive difference to the life of others once you are qualified.

Supportive nursing community

At Bucks we encourage you to share experiences and knowledge with your peer group.

You will benefit from our annual one day inter-professional conference, focused on safeguarding.

You will be part of a strong community of nurses who all believe in the goal of providing excellent care. The experiences you have are important to help you develop as an adult nurse and will help you learn how to make complex decisions.

Our NHS partnerships

At Bucks, we have a range of partnerships within the local community, particularly with NHS trusts. This means that you'll have the opportunity to gain experience in a range of institutions and face different challenges.

We have partnerships with:

We also have a range of non home-based placements in different fields which could include: BMI Clementine Churchill, BUPA Bushey, nursing homes, Medihome and learning disabilities facilities.

We value the relationships between professionals and public health users. We'll make sure by the end of the course you share our vision of the improving the access to high quality services within the NHS and local communities.

What are the course entry requirements?

Students on this course have typically achieved at least a 2:2 in their degree in a relevant area such as Psychology or Biology or at least a 2:1 in a non-relevant degree subject.

You should have GSCE English, Maths and Science at Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) and if English is not your first language, an overall IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent is required. Additionally, you should be able to demonstrate evidence of study within the last five years.

The Nursing selection day includes a group style interview and arithmetic and English assessments. You are also required to have an Occupational Health and Criminal Record Check.

Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS).

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Essential Nursing Skills (Adult)
  • Fundamental Approaches to Nursing
  • Learning for Life

Year 2 Modules

  • Collaborative Nursing Skills (Adult)
  • Leadership and Management in Practice (Adult)
  • Nursing in the Community
  • Research and Innovation in Nursing


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

Although typically most registered nurses will work within hospitals there are other opportunities such as working within prisons or the mental health service. Within nursing there are many opportunities in related clinical, educational and management roles. As you gain experience as a nurse you will be offered opportunities to progress to positions of responsibility and leadership.

After completing your Postgraduate Diploma you will be eligible to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council. At this point you also have the option to extend your qualification to an MSc by completing a dissertation to understand how research can shape practice.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

By the end of the course you will confident in delivering quality care to patients and be able to handle complex situations you will encounter from day to day being a nurse.

This course aims to give you leadership skills and strive for excellence.  As part of our partnership with local NHS trusts, you will finish the course with a strong sense of understanding of the importance of efficiently treating individuals within the community.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.