MSc Nursing (Mental Health)

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

About the course

Please note that this course has closed for 2020 applications. 

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.

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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.

What will I study?

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.

Professional Accreditations

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

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.

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