About the course

As a mental health nurse you will work in partnership with individuals experiencing mental health difficulties from a wide range of backgrounds and age-groups.

Approximately 25% of the population are thought to experience some form of mental health problem at any given time.

Mental health nurses are the largest profession working in mental health.

You will draw on a core set of values that inform every aspect of your practice. You will learn to:

  • Respect individuals affected by mental health problems
  • Value the aspirations of the individual
  • Offer meaningful choices in evidence based interventions and care
  • Adopt a positive attitude to change and support social inclusion

50% of your time will be spent in classroom based learning and 50% will be spent on placements in clinical settings such as hospitals and community. Your placements and classroom studies will alternate in blocks of several weeks.

You will develop the complex range of competencies required to become a skilled mental health nurse.

Please download some further important information about the course

Fact sheet 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc Nursing (Mental Health)
Programme specification 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc Nursing (Mental Health)

Why choose this course?

Mental Health nurses have a vital and challenging role in establishing  therapeutic relationships with individuals who experience mental health problems. Including:

  • Providing support to families, relatives and carers
  • Responding to changing needs
  • Promoting mental and physical health recovery and general wellbeing

This highly specialised branch of nursing focuses on caring and supporting individuals of all age groups suffering from mental problems or mental distress in different care settings including:

  • Individuals’ Homes
  • Inpatient
  • Outpatient
  • General hospitals
  • Community and rehabilitation units

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team including GPs psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, arts therapists and healthcare assistants.

Professional Accreditations

Entitlement to apply to enter the professional register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health).

Course details

Careers

The course entitles you to apply for register as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This opens up a range of fascinating and rewarding career options for both work and advancement in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, community practice, individuals’ homes and rehabilitation units. There are different mental health fields a registered nurse can work and some mental health nursing roles include; Staff Nurse, Community Mental Health Nurse, Crisis Nurse, Nurse Practitioners or Specialists, Modern Matrons and  Consultant Nurse. Some individuals advance to become senior managers, researchers and educators. Care, compassion and kindness are that center of safe, effective and personalised  care  and  which future careers are realistic options for an individual depends on their interests, level of education and experience.

Teaching methods

Your time will be split equally (50/50) between classroom based learning and practical placements. You will have the opportunity to link practical experience to theoretical learning and vice versa.

During your placements you will undertake:

  • Supervised practice - working with qualified nurses to develop clinical skills
  • Training and education activities within the placement setting
  • Skills development activities to ensure patients' needs are met

Your time at the University will be spent in:

  • standard lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratories
  • case studies
  • individual and group projects

In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation.

Work Placement

Practice placements are organised within neighbouring NHS Trusts in Hertfordshire and North London and in other settings including the private and voluntary sectors. There is the opportunity to learn with and from people in the community and in hospitals where mental health nursing is delivered. The placement experiences are wide and varied. An elective/alternative placement is offered at the end of the second year which gives you the opportunity to gain mental health experience elsewhere in the UK, abroad, or in specialised regional and national centres of excellence.

Structure

Level 6

Core Modules

Optional

Level 7

Core Modules

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year

The Department of Health and Social Care has now confirmed that from August 2018 this course will be eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loans via Student Finance England. The loan will support your studies and enable you to start a rewarding career in mental health nursing. Therefore, if you already hold a degree or have previous study you will still be eligible to access the full package of funding. Once you complete this course, from the April following your graduation you will be eligible to make repayments to the total loan balance, but only once you are earning over the threshold. Although the loans are separate they are added together to make the total loan balance after your graduation. In effect, the monthly repayment remains the same as it would have been with just an undergraduate loan

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

  • A first degree at Honours level, normally, in a related discipline (life sciences, psychology or the social/ behavioural sciences). Graduate attributes associated with learning and research skills will normally be expected. 
  • GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or above (or equivalent).

All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interviews, numeracy and literacy test, health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-nhs-constitution-for-england

English language requirements

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency.

IELTS 

International qualifications will be considered for equivalency using NARIC. International candidates will be required to complete IELTS with scores of at least 6.5 in the listening and reading sections and at least 6.5 in the writing and speaking sections and the overall average score must be 6.5 or above.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

How to apply

Course length
  • Full Time, 2 Years
Locations
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/201930/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/202030/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)