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MSc Nursing (Mental Health)

Why choose Herts?

NMC Accreditation: You will be eligible to enter the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register to legally practice as a Mental Health Nurse.

Work-Related Learning: Gain 50% theory and 50% placement practice. Students work in placements at NHS Trusts, and within clinical and community healthcare settings, addiction services, and children's services.

Employment Opportunities: Graduates are working as Community Mental Health Nurse’s, Crisis Nurse’s, and Consultant Nurses in hospitals, community practice, individuals’ homes, and rehabilitation units.

Professional Accreditations

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

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

Why choose this course?

2nd for health and social care in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023).

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.

The University of Hertfordshire was ranked 2nd in the East of England for Nursing (2023 Complete University Guide).


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.

  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Essentials of Mental Health Nursing 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education 15 Credits Compulsory
    Nursing Art and Science 30 Credits Compulsory
    Medicines Management for Mental Health Nursing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Leading and Managing Mental Health Nursing 30 Credits Compulsory
    Mental Health Nursing Practice 3 30 Credits Compulsory
    Imagination and Innovation in Evidence Based Nursing Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Final Numeracy Exam 0 Credits Compulsory
    Research and the Evidence Base for Mental Health Nursing 30 Credits Compulsory
    Fundamentals of Nursing Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Nursing (Mental Health) Download
    MSc Nursing (Mental Health) Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Nursing (Mental Health) Download
    MSc Nursing (Mental Health) Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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