Adult and Mental Health Nursing MSc Course overview
Benefits of this course
You will study a range of theoretical and practical modules covering key principles and practices in adult and mental health nursing, including:
- acute care, diagnostics and treatment
- long term care, recovery and rehabilitation
- leading and managing in healthcare practice.
You will learn alongside students from other nursing pathways and professional disciplines such as Speech and Language Therapy, encouraging a multi-disciplinary approach that reflects professional clinical practice.
Who is this course for?
If you are a graduate who wants to pursue a rewarding career in nursing, this unique three-year programme will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge you need, even if your first degree is in an unrelated subject.
This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
You can select to apply for one of the available exit points for this course.
- Master of Science (MSc)
Master of Science (MSc)
- Full-time: 3 years
Some modules may be subject to change depending on student numbers, tutor availability, or course updates. This may affect the overall number of modules.
You are given the opportunity to combine theoretical study with clinical experience.
At City, you will gain experience of care delivery across a range of settings and environments.
Practice experience within London will give you a unique opportunity to provide culturally sensitive care within a multicultural and multi-faith community, which reflects a diverse socioeconomic population. Your practice experience will take place in a variety of settings, such as acute hospital units and service users’ own homes.
To pass each part you must successfully complete both the theoretical and practice elements of the programme by the end of the part (NMC 2010).
Foundations for Evidence Informed Nursing Knowledge and Care Across the Lifecourse (30 credits)
In this module you will examine professional values; applied biological sciences; human experience across the lifecourse and the historical, biological and socioeconomic aspects of people’s lives; communication and interpersonal skills; nursing practice and decision making and leadership, management and team working.
Practice 1- Foundations for Nursing Care (15 credits)
This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore, experiment and engage in a range of practical nursing skills and enact scenarios in a realistic, but safe simulated environment, to help you prepare for the reality of practice
Integration of care for people with acute and long term needs across health and social care (Adult and Mental Health) (30 credits)
This integrated module will build on your previous learning to develop your nursing knowledge, skills and values so that you can effectively manage care for individuals with both acute and long term health and social care needs.
Critical Use of Evidence to Inform Decision Making in Practice (15 credits)
This module will enable you to develop a critical understanding of research and its interpretation and implementation. This will enable you to propose new research questions and plan a future critical appraisal of the literature.
Principles of Prescribing (15 credits)
Through this module you will explore evidence-based interventions to maximise the therapeutic benefits and minimise adverse effects of medicines. You will gain an understanding of pharmaceutical knowledge; principles of medicine dosage, side effects, reactions and interactions; concordance; philosophy and psychology of prescribing.
Practice 2- Applying Knowledge and Skills for Person-Centred Care for Practice (Adult and Mental Health) (15 credits)
This module will prepare you to effectively provide safe, person-centred care within your field of practice. You will have an opportunity to explore, experiment and engage in a range of practical nursing skills and enact scenarios in a realistic, but safe, simulated environment.
Leading and Managing Across Health and Social Care (15 credits)
This module will develop your ability to confidently lead, manage and challenge in professional practice. There will be a focus on clinical decision making; risk assessment and management; quality improvement and change management.
Practice 3: Developing Advanced Knowledge and Skills for Professional Practice (Adult and Mental Health) (15 credits)
This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore, experiment and engage in activities for advancing nursing practice in a realistic, but safe simulated environment, to help you prepare to care for individuals with complex needs in different healthcare settings.
Dissertation (45 credits)
This final project will enable you to choose a relevant topic of interest to you and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of this. You will be expected to critically appraise the current body of knowledge on the topic you have chosen, synthesise it and make suggestions for future practice and research.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
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Teaching and assessment
You will learn through a dynamic mix of direct, interactive and online methods, including:
- laboratory practicals
- self-directed study
- practice experience
- simulated practice
- personal and professional development groups
- online activities.
Our Clinical Skills Centre is equipped with a simulated six bed ward and a range of specialist equipment where you will practice your skills in a realistic but controlled environment.
You will also learn how to use the latest telehealth technologies that support home-based care through our unique Technology Enabled Care Studio.
You will spend around half your time on clinical placements in a variety of settings including:
- specialist units
- hospital wards
- primary and community care settings
- patients’ homes.
Most placements are within our 'community of practice', a partnership of healthcare providers within Central, East and North East London, which will enable you to gain a detailed understanding of the local community and how services are structured.
Assessments include the following:
- Research Proposal
- Seminar Presentation and Report
- Care Study
- Critical Reflection
- Leadership and Management
- Dissertation in the form of a Critically Appraised Topic (CAT)
- Clinical Practice Assessment – Pass/Fail
Fees and funding
Fees for academic year 2023/24
Master of Science
Full-time per year
Where applicable, tuition fees for City's programmes will be subject to inflationary increases in each year of study. Our policy for these increases is set out in our terms and conditions of study.
Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.
NHS Learning Support Fund: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000 a year for eligible healthcare students.
If you have already received a student loan for a previous undergraduate course, you are eligible to apply for a second undergraduate loan for this course.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to register with the NMC, which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification, enabling you to practice as both an adult and mental health nurse in the UK and overseas.
As a nursing student at City, University of London you will be part of the CapitalNurse programme, which provides career development support to nursing students in London.
Through CapitalNurse, you will have access in your final year of study to a special streamlined employment scheme across all NHS Trusts in North Central London, helping you to move quickly into your first professional nursing role.
Following registration, a range of opportunities and career pathways will be open to you, such as:
- clinical management
- advance nurse practitioner
- clinical specialisms
- community nursing.
Clinical placements are an essential part of this programme.
How to apply
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 and have worked at least 500 clinical hours to be eligible for the MSc programme.
- a grade C (4) in GCSE English and Mathematics or an overseas equivalent.
You also will be required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance. Academic and character references will also be requested. Please see the Entry Requirements page for full information.
You must complete the accreditation of prior learning (APL) process related to theory before you start the programme. You will be expected to demonstrate achievement of the equivalent of 675 of the theoretical hours and map learning against identified learning outcomes from Unit 1 of the BSc route through the programme. You will need to have APL 500 clinical hours to be eligible for the combined programme.
As well as meeting the stated academic entry requirements, applicants will be required to attend an online interview as part of the selection process, to ensure that your values match those of the NHS Constitution.
Information regarding COVID-19 vaccination
Clinical placements are an exciting and essential part of the training required to become a qualified Nurse.
To protect students, staff and patients during these experiences, we strongly encourage our students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless medically exempt).
English language requirements
If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:
TOEFL iBT: 94 overall with at least 27 in Writing, 24 in reading and Listening and 23 in Speaking sections.
For more information you can visit TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
Applications are made through UCAS using the UCAS code: 3412.
For operational reasons, applications should be made through the undergraduate section of UCAS, and not UKPASS, using the course code "3412". City's institution code on UCAS is "C60".
When submitting an application please ensure you list all your educational qualifications including those achieved at GCSE (or overseas equivalent) as these form part of the entry criteria.
The School of Health & Psychological Sciences Admissions team have put together some handy tips and advice about the application process. You can also contact them to organise a drop-in session for additional advice and support.
September 2023 entry
Contact the postgraduate team
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Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. On occasion we also work with external professionals to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.
Where required, we provide students, staff and service users with PPE in order to ensure they can carry out their educational activities safely
Our Clinical Skills Centre designed to mirror 'real' health care environments with simulated 6-bedded ward to provide an adaptable, modern and appropriate space for both teaching and research.
Our Department of Nursing has access to simulators and realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment.
In addition, medium-fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements.
City TECS is a learning hub, designed to simulate a home environment. Equipped with the latest telehealth, telecare, telemedicine, telerehabilitation, electronic health and wearable technologies.
Our three campus libraries consist of around 250,000 books with over 25,000 online journal titles and over 1600 study places available.
As part of the University of London, City students have access to Senate House Library.
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