Benefits of this course
You will study a range of theoretical and practical modules covering key principles and practices in 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 in placements, professional disciplines such as Social Work and Occupational Therapy encouraging a multi-disciplinary approach that reflects professional clinical practice.
You can select to apply for one of the available exit points for this course.
- Master of Science (MSc)
Who is this course for?
If you are a graduate who wants to pursue a rewarding career in Mental Health Nursing, this MSc will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge you need, even if your first degree is in an unrelated subject.
Master of Science (MSc)
- Full-time: 2 years (Minimum)
- 9 in total
- Core modules: 9
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.
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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
- online activities.
Our state-of-the-art facilities include our Clinical Skills Centre which is equipped with a simulated six bed ward and a range of specialist equipment, including telehealth technologies, to enable you to practice your skills in a realistic but controlled environment.
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 the East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT), which will enable you to gain detailed understanding and valuable experience of the local community and how services are structured and delivered. The majority of our Mental Health Nursing students gain successful employment in ELFT.
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 2022/23
Master of Science
Full-time per year
Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of two percent. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
NHS Learning Support Fund: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000 a year for eligible healthcare students.
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 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
- advanced nurse practitioner
- clinical specialisms
- community nursing.
Clinical placements are an essential part of this programme. As a MSc Mental Health Nursing student, you will be expected to gain 2,300 practice hours during the course.
How to apply
To apply for this course, you must have:
- a lower second-class honours degree or above in any subject
- an awareness of health or health-related care issues
- GSCEs (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. Please see the Entry Requirements page for full information.
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, 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
- TOEFL iBT: 94 overall with at least 27 in Writing, 24 in reading and Listening and 23 in Speaking sections.
UCAS code 3112.
This course is not currently open for applications.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
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.
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 2022 entry
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