MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)

100% of our MSc SCPHN Health Visiting graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating Graduate Destination Survey 2016

The MSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) will prepare nurses and midwives to become Specialist Community Public Health Nurses. You will gain the knowledge, interpersonal skills and managerial capabilities to practice confidently, competently and effectively.

This Masters course has been developed to meet the demands of this rapidly changing field, providing you with a professional qualification that recognises your expertise.

Registered specialist community public health nurses (SCPHNs), such as health visitors, aim to reduce health inequalities by working with individuals, families and communities to promote good health and prevent ill health. We place emphasis on partnership working that cuts across disciplinary, professional and organisational boundaries. 

Funding is available via the Welsh Government. Please note, candidates must work for the NHS in Wales to receive funding from WEDS (Workforce, Education, and Development Services).

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Part-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year April Glyntaff A
Part-time 3 Years April Glyntaff A
  • Contemporary Developments in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice - 20 credits
  • Promoting the Public Health of Populations - 20 credits
  • Evidence Based Public Health - 20 credits
  • Law, Ethics and Safeguarding - 20 credits
  • Governance and Leadership - 20 credits
  • Foundations of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - 20 credits

Successful completion of the above modules and the 16 clinical learning outcomes enables you to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for Part Three registration as an SCPHN (in health visiting) and exit the course with a Postgraduate Diploma at the end of one year if studying full-time.

If you wish to return and top up your credits to 180 and complete the MSc, we offer three 20-credit modules specifically for the SCPHN student.

  • Policy Analysis on Practice Development - 20 credits
  • Research Impact on Practice Development - 20 credits
  • Dissemination of Project Development - 20 credits

Each of the three modules require critical examination of a key area of SCPHN theory and/or practice in health visiting, to develop and enhance your own practice and leadership ability. You can study all three modules in one calendar year and they are delivered through classroom based tutorials, distance learning and self-directed study. Please note that the Welsh Government does not fund these three modules.


The MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) course has been designed to meet the NMC (2004) SCPHN requirements of a 50/50 ratio of theory and practice. Learning and assessment will take place both at the University and in a range of clinical environments, and all modules involve theoretical and clinical assessments of equal weighting. Where appropriate, there are work experience opportunities that may involve use of the Welsh language. The Postgraduate Diploma course attracts Welsh Government funding for NHS staff.



You will be assessed by a range of methods including written assignments, an oral presentation, poster presentation, examinations, a recorded presentation and clinical practice assessments.


The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI).


Placements are undertaken within the employing/hosting health board. Students may undertake a week-long alternative placement in a different geographical location. Please note, there is no funding for this.

The placements are within health boards in Wales and students are expected to work in Health Visiting in Wales once the course is completed.


Through our Hydra Simulation Centre and Clinical Simulation Centre, we can effectively replicate practice experiences in a safe and supported environment.



  • Applicants need professional and academic qualifications. You must have NMC professional registration on Part One and/or Part Two of the NMC Register as a Registered Nurse and/or a Registered Midwife.
  • Applicants should usually have an Honours degree, although consideration will be given through the accreditation of prior and experiential learning (APEL) mechanism if you do not possess these qualifications.
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service.


This Health Visiting course may attract Welsh Government funding for Welsh NHS staff. 


Prospective candidates will be interviewed by the course team, which in most cases would include a member of the NHS trust that provides student placements for 50% of the course duration and a service user.

Applications for the April 2022 intake will be accepted until the closing date of 31st October 2021. Interviews will take place during /Nov/Dec 2021

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

    These courses are normally supported by Welsh Government commissioners in collaboration with NHS University Health Boards

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £53.20
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Placement
Year 1 FT and Year 1 & 2 PT. Placement costs will vary depending on where the student is placed, but some costs can be reclaimed.
Other: Poster Printing £40
Year 1 FT and Year 2 PT
Other: Extra-curricular opportunities
Costs of conference attendance and extra- curricular activities are changeable, with some being free. However these are optional and extra-curricular opportunities. Costs vary depending on event and location.



Funding to help pay for/cover tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. You can get a range of funding to help with these costs.

There are a number of ways to fund your postgraduate study. This can be through student finance, bursaries or help from grants, trusts and charities (see Alternative Funding), or a combination of all three.

Click here to find out more about funding your postgraduate tuition fees and living costs.


USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount 

The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales graduates studying a postgraduate course from September 2021 (this includes students starting their course in January/ February 2022). T's and C's apply.

Click here for more information about the USW Alumni Postgraduate Discount


Apply directly to the University for this SCPHN course.

Admissions statement 

This course prepares SCPHNs to work in complex and varied settings and have the knowledge, interpersonal skills and managerial capabilities to practise effectively in today’s health service. Graduates are usually employed by NHS local health boards and wider employment opportunities are developing.