Nursing - Specialist Nursing - Pathways

Ulster University - Belfast

Nursing - Specialist Nursing - Pathways

This course prepares nurses for clinical leadership roles in specialist nursing. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded both an academic award and a professional qualification which are recognised across Europe.

'Specialist Nursing' refers to the exercising of higher levels of judgment and decision-making in relation to the nursing care of individuals, families, and communities in four areas: clinical practice, care and programme management, clinical practice development and clinical practice leadership. Throughout the course you are supported to achieve clinical expertise and leadership in a specialist area of nursing. Academic and professional competencies are embedded in the four areas: clinical practice, care and programme management, clinical practice development and clinical practice leadership. This course is 50% university based study and 50% practice learning setting. There are a range of pathways to suit all nurses including district nursing, mental health nursing, learning disability nursing, and community children's nursing. The full range of adult nursing specialisms includes palliative care, stroke care, diabetes care, emergency care and adult nurse.

Note: Some modules may be delivered at the Jordanstown campus.

For further course details please see "Course Web Page" below.

Entry requirements

To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University's General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.

These vary depending on the course and are detailed online.

If English language is not your first language this course requires a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0, or equivalent. Visit for more details on English language requirements.

For full entry requirements please see "Course Web Page" below.

Application dates

Your Application
You can apply directly to Ulster any time of year. We advise that you submit your application two weeks prior to your course start date to ensure sufficient time to review your application and, should you be made an offer, complete all necessary enrolment admin.

To start an application, you must create an Ulster University account. Do not worry. You don't need to complete your application in one go. We understand that this is a big decision. Our admissions team are on hand to help you with both the form and any documentation that you may need as part of your application.

Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink" below).

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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