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MSc Mental Health Nursing (pre-registration)

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This degree prepares you to provide holistic, compassionate care and support for people with mental health problems. City is ranked 1st in London for Nursing (Complete University Guide 2019)

Key Information

Start date

September 2019

Academic year dates

Duration

Full-time: Minimum two years

You are required to apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) to reduce the course length. The course is a fast-track route for graduates through the standard three year BSc Nursing course.

See more about duration

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 *

UCAS code

3112

Campus

Northampton Square

Who is it for?

This MSc in Mental Health Nursing is designed for well motivated individuals looking for a rewarding and challenging career.

As a Mental Health Nurse, you should be patient and compassionate in order to recognise individual needs and the appropriate interventions for them. It is all about helping people make positive changes to their lives and supporting them on their journey of recovery.

Objectives

City’s MSc (pre-registration) Mental Health Nursing offers you the opportunity to train in one of London’s leading and most well-established departments for nursing education. Our priority is to ensure that you graduate with the skills and knowledge to enter the mental health nursing profession, which can often be a stressful and challenging environment, with confidence.

As a student at City, you will combine theoretical study with clinical experience, working with London's diverse population in leading hospitals and community settings. We will prepare you for all aspects of the profession including supporting people working towards recovery, dealing with crisis and emergency situations, improving the effect of patients’ physical health, detecting deterioration and how to approach, assess and provide the most appropriate care and treatment in differing situations.

Accreditation

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) logo

On successful graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.

Additional qualifications may be required in some countries.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you must have

  • a lower second-class honours degree or above.
  • an awareness of health or health-related care issues.
  • GSCE’s (or accepted equivalent) in Mathematics and English Langauge with a minimum of a grade 4 pass (C or above).

You will be required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance. Academic and character references may be requested. Successful completion of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is required.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a Selection Day held at City, University of London before an offer can be made. At the Selection Day applicants are interviewed to assess their values match those of the NHS constitution, as well as having the opportunity to find out more about the course from our staff and students. For further information, please visit our Selection Day page.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, one of the following is also required:

  • A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA
  • IELTS: 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 72.

Due to changes in the UKVI’s list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Please be advised that this programme has been approved by City, University of London for delivery. The programme is due to be considered for approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council on 20 March 2019, which may result in changes to the content and structure of the programme. We hope to confirm Nursing and Midwifery Council approval no later than Tuesday 30th April 2019, if not before.

Applications must be made through UCAS using the UCAS code 3112.

Applications for entry in September 2019 should be made between 1st September 2018 and 15th January 2019. We welcome applications after 15th January 2019 but you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a Selection Day held at City, University of London before an offer can be made. At the Selection Day applicants are interviewed to assess their values match those of the NHS constitution, as well as having the opportunity to find out more about the course from our staff and students. For further information, please visit our Selection Day page.

Successful applicants will be required to complete a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim in order to obtain a place on the course. In addition it is recommended that a Recognition of Prior Practice Learning (RPL) claim is also made prior to entry to the programme otherwise applicants will be required to undertake a further 500 practice hours at the end of the two year programme. This will not be an option for those who are required to apply for a visa to come to the UK to study.

For enquiries please contact the School of Health Sciences Admissions Office:

Email: health@city.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000.

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During your course

More about fees

* For Home/EU students, the fee for this course will be £9,250 for each year of study for the duration of your studies.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

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 healthcare.

Find out more about the loan arrangements and additional financial support available.

The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students is subject to confirmation. Details will be confirmed on the course pages.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Scholarships

The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January.

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Becoming a mental health nurse

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Placements

Clinical placements can take place in a variety of settings which will allow you to explore the journey of service users including:

  • Older adult, children and adolescents
  • Those who are acutely unwell
  • Those in recovery
  • Those detained in secure (forensic) settings

Placements take place within the East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) which includes the boroughs of Newham, City & Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

This allows you to become familiar with the needs of local communities and its healthcare providers. Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional knowledge and skills.

Academic facilities

Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at City’s Northampton Square campus has been specially designed for teaching and reflects clinical environments and working wards, so you can familiarise yourself with equipment and practices before commencing your placement. Simulated practice enables you to practise your skills in a safe environment, in preparation for transferring these skills to a 'real life' setting.

Accommodation

We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by academics who:

  • have a background and expertise in mental health nursing and an up-to-date knowledge of clinical practice.
  • have an advanced level of knowledge of the biological and social sciences and public health, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the delivery of care.
  • are specialist Clinical Practitioners who have contemporary knowledge of their field including up-to-date research evidence.

You will also work with service users who have an insight and understanding of the requirements of care delivery by nurses from a personal perspective.

Course activities include the following:

  • Lectures delivered by experts in their field
  • Biological science laboratory work
  • Seminar presentations
  • Development of clinical skills expertise
  • Professional issues workshops
  • Personal and professional development (PPD)
  • Interactive learning using biological science and clinical skills online packages
  • Simulated practice of clinical experience in the Clinical Skills Centre
  • Workshops to develop understanding of different fields of care such as Learning Difficulties, Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Personal and group tutorials
  • Clinical practice allocations
  • Inter-professional education (IPE)

Assessments include the following:

  • Research Proposal
  • Examination
  • Seminar Presentation and Report
  • Care Study
  • Critical Reflection
  • Leadership and Management
  • Clinical OSCE
  • Dissertation in the form of a Critically Appraised Topic (CAT)

Modules

The underpinning philosophy of your nursing programme is ‘Person Centred Care’. The aim of the programme is to develop mental health nurses who will lead high quality evidence informed person-centred care to enhance the health and well-being of individuals, their families and their communities throughout life

Six principles have informed the curriculum: (1) ethics, equity and diversity, (2) working in partnership, (3) evidence informed practice, (4) leadership, (5) communication and caring and (6) professional attributes.

These principles are explored in the context of acute and long-term care and later in the course there is an emphasis on leading and managing in professional practice. The course has three programme stages, which must be successfully completed in order to progress to the next programme stage. The modular structure of the programme is developmental and students study at HE level 7 throughout the programme and are expected to demonstrate increasing levels of self-directed independent study as the programme progresses. All modules are compulsory.

Compulsory modules

Programme Stage One of the course is 21 weeks and focuses on the underlying foundation concepts and principles associated with nursing practice. This part includes the following modules:

  • Foundations for evidence informed nursing knowledge and care across the life course
  • Simulated and practice experience 1 - Foundations for nursing care

Programme Stage Two is 33 weeks and will enable you to build upon your previous knowledge and experience so you can develop an ability to deliver person-centred care in different contexts.  This part includes the following modules:

  • Integration of care for acute and long term conditions across health and social care
  • Principles of prescribing
  • Critical use of evidence to inform decision making in practice
  • Simulated and Practice experience 2 - Applying knowledge and skills for person-centred care for practice

Programme Stage Three is 27 weeks and focuses on encouraging you to develop a coherent systematic, detailed knowledge of mental health nursing so that you can lead and influence practice.  This part includes the following modules:

  • Leading and managing across health and social care
  • Simulated and practice experience
  • Developing advanced knowledge and skills for professional practice
  • Dissertation

Students are expected to complete 40 hours per week during clinical practice, simulated practice and IPE. During the theoretical component of the course, there are a mixture of lectures and small group sessions which may be held between 09.00 -18.00.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Career prospects are excellent with MSc students securing employment as Band 5 Staff Nurses with East London Foundation Trust (ELFT)

Nursing is a lifelong career with excellent progression opportunities in clinical management, education, research and clinical specialisms and many and varied career paths ranging from sister/ charge nurse, community nurse to nurse director. Specialisms include the following:

  • CAMHS
  • Forensics
  • Psychiatric intensive care units (PICU)
  • Early intervention services
  • Mother and baby services
  • Older adult services
  • Community mental health services
  • Acute adult inpatient services
  • Eating disorders
93.8% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Mental Health Nursing (pre-registration)

UCAS code: 3112


Please be advised that this programme has been approved by City, University of London for delivery. The programme is due to be considered for approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council on 20 March 2019, which may result in changes to the content and structure of the programme. We hope to confirm Nursing and Midwifery Council approval no later than Tuesday 30th April 2019, if not before.

Applications must be made through UCAS using the UCAS code 3112.

Applications for entry in September 2019 should be made between 1st September 2018 and 15th January 2019. We welcome applications after 15th January 2019 but you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a Selection Day held at City, University of London before an offer can be made. At the Selection Day applicants are interviewed to assess their values match those of the NHS constitution, as well as having the opportunity to find out more about the course from our staff and students. For further information, please visit our Selection Day page.

Successful applicants will be required to complete a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim in order to obtain a place on the course. In addition it is recommended that a Recognition of Prior Practice Learning (RPL) claim is also made prior to entry to the programme otherwise applicants will be required to undertake a further 500 practice hours at the end of the two year programme. This will not be an option for those who are required to apply for a visa to come to the UK to study.

For enquiries please contact the School of Health Sciences Admissions Office:

Email: health@city.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000.

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