Institution / Queens University Belfast

Nursing - Specialist Practice in Nursing

This Specialist practice programme enables nurses to attain competency and expertise to provide care as specialist nurses, as defined by the NMC (2001), and by virtue of their participation, in more advanced professional and academic study, to develop their capabilities as leaders, innovators and clinical supervisors.

Why Queen's?
This is a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) validated programme and is a recordable qualification.

Entry requirements

• Applicants must hold a first degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in nursing or a relevant subject.
• Applicants must also hold a current and recognised professional qualification in nursing and have a minimum of one year's post-registration experience specific to the area of specialist practice being undertaken.
• Please note: this programme is available for Registered Nurses working in the UK only.
• For more information and for details on how to apply to this programme, please refer to the School website.

Additional Information For International Students
N/A (available for registered Nurses working within the UK only).


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Learning and Teaching
Morning and afternoon.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
This programme enhances career progression through leadership and management promotion in a nursing specialty. The emphasis is on person-centred care and enabling patients with chronic illnesses to remain at home. It also prepares nurse specialists for senior management roles and allows for global employability. Students are encouraged to engage in scholarly activity and publish exceptional work.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Leontia Hoy
School of Nursing & Midwifery
Tel: +44 (0)28 +44 (0)28 9097 5735

Subjects taught

Programme Content
The programme comprises six modules and a clinical component. Three core modules and three specialist specific modules with a clinical component that incorporates the clinical competencies required for a specialist practitioner (NMC (2001).

The following specialist practice pathways are offered:
• Anaesthetic Nursing
• Cardiology Nursing
• Nursing Care for Older People
• Oncology Nursing
• Palliative Care
• Respiratory Nursing Specialist

Practice programmes by definition must have a clinical placement requirement in order to meet the NMC requirements for recording the specialist practice qualification. The student must be scheduled to work a minimum of 75 days' practice in the appropriate area supervised by a sign off mentor. In the event of students working in developing specialist units, it may be necessary for them to have placements outside their Trust, in order to enable achievement of the learning outcomes. The duration of such external placements will be dependent upon the clinical experience currently available and the expertise they have already attained in their employing Trust. The student must have an identified and agreed sign off mentor prior to commencing the programme, who will be required to undertake a half-day study course in preparation for the role. The sign off mentor will be selected by the Practice Educator within the Trust, following discussions with a nurse manager and the link lecturer or programme director.

Assessment method

Methods of assessment will include presentation or practical demonstration, written examination, written assessment and seminars.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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