Health and Social Science

MSc Community Healthcare Practice

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2024
If you have progressed up you career path and have already completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) or Specialist Practitioner Qualification (District Nursing / Community Children’s Nursing) in the UK, this programme will allow you to top-up to a full master’s qualification.
A master's qualification will help you develop your career further, using new skills and knowledge. It also encourages independent, life-long learning and research that will inform community healthcare practice.

Why study this subject?

If you are a professional already working in community healthcare practice, as a district nurse, health visitor, school nurse or community children’s nurse, this course can help you enhance your career prospects and gain a master’s in Community Healthcare Practice.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

You will benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University and practice, in partnership with our NHS Trust partners. As well as this you will be taught by lecturers who have a wide expertise in the field. Our lecturers also maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is up-to-date with modern practice.

We offer continuous support throughout the programme, and you will receive personal tutoring and benefit from a high level of research within the teaching team. Your personal tutor will help guide you through your studies, support you with your academic development and give advice when needed.

What facilities can I use?

We have a range of state-of-the-art facilities for you to access, including our multistorey library and IT suites. Students will be able to access our full range of support services, including the Learning Development Unit for skills and study support, the Careers and Employability Team, Student Finance Team, Accommodation and Counselling Services.

What will I study?

On this programme, you will:

  • build your skills in designing and undertaking research that is relevant to community healthcare practice
  • develop your ability to synthesise and evaluate literature to an advanced level, through the systematic investigation of a relevant topic
  • consider ethical principles in designing appropriate research
  • develop skills in undertaking independent study that contributes to the body of community nursing knowledge.

To achieve the full MSc in Community Healthcare Practice, you will need to complete the Dissertation module, allowing you to investigate a topic important to you. You will cover the whole research process, undertaking empirical investigation and analysis. An allocated supervisor will support you throughout the whole process.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course aims to build your skills in designing and undertaking research that is relevant to community healthcare practice. Through the investigation of a relevant topic at an advanced level, you will demonstrate your ability to undertake an independent research study. This will be presented in the form of a dissertation.

Over the year, your tutoring sessions will ensure you are prepared and able to do the following:

  • development of the aim and research question for the dissertation
  • identification of a search strategy and exploration of relevant literature to inform the study
  • development of an appropriate research strategy to meet the requirements of the research question
  • presentation of research findings, methodology, discussion, accurate Harvard referencing and application to practice, promoting evidence based practice.

MSc Community Healthcare Practice Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

You must have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) or Specialist Practitioner Qualification (SPQ District Nursing / Community Children’s Nursing), as well as being registered on the NMC Register. You should also be employed within a healthcare setting to facilitate application of the research to practice.

Please email us your transcript prior to submitting an application and we can discuss your options with you.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules


What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2024 - 2025

£3,680 per year

Additional course costs and financial support

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?

If you have any questions about the fees above, contact our Enquiries team by calling 0330 123 2023 or emailing

What are my career prospects?

Topping up your current qualification to a full master’s degree can help boost your career prospects. This may include management, practice teaching or higher education teaching opportunities.