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  1. Postgraduate
    1. 2020
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MSc Adult and Mental Health Nursing (pre-registration)

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This unique course, accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, provides the opportunity for practice across both nursing specialisms. City is ranked 1st in London for student satisfaction in Nursing (Complete University Guide 2020)

Key information

Start date

September 2020

Academic year dates


3 years


Full-time: £9,250 *

UCAS code


Application period

Applications now open


Northampton Square

Who is it for?

This course is for students who already have a degree in any subject and are looking for progression and further challenges which can be fulfilled by undertaking a rewarding and lifelong career within the nursing profession.

City is the first institution to offer an MSc of this kind, crossing both the adult and mental health nursing specialisms. The course was designed to meet the need of the healthcare sector and the ambitions of many nurses to be able to fully support their patients, both physically and mentally.


The MSc in Adult and Mental Health Nursing prepares you for a rewarding career at the forefront of modern healthcare. You will graduate as a nurse eligible to register with the NMC as an adult and mental health nurse, leaving you equipped to support the delivery of quality healthcare in a contemporary health service.

Mental illness has a huge impact on the physical health of an individual. People with mental health conditions are at a higher risk of experiencing physical health problems, such as diabetes and heart conditions. In addition, people with long-term physical health conditions are more likely to suffer from a mental health issue, particularly depression. There is a need to develop a nursing workforce that is fit for the current demands of healthcare in the UK.

This Masters programme, where you will be eligible to apply for registration with the NMC as a registered nurse in the mental health and adult fields of nursing, will provide you with the opportunity to meet this demand.

Funding update 19th December 2019

Find out more about the Government's announcement on non-repayable grants of at least £5,000 available from September 2020 in the fees section below.


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) logo

This course has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). On successful graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the 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 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.

You must complete the 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.

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 you are educated outside of an English speaking country, without GCSEs are required to hold IELTS at:

IELTS: 7.0 overall band score; with at least 7.0 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections.

You must include evidence of your IELTS score, or the date you will be completing the test, on your application.

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

September 2020

Applications for entry in September 2020 should be made between 1st September 2019 and 15th January 2020, in accordance with UCAS guidelines. We welcome applications after 15th January 2020, but you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as places may be limited.

More information on late application deadlines, UCAS Extra and Clearing.

Applications should be made through UCAS undergraduate (course 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 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.


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 5000.

140 years
City has been delivering nursing education since 1877.
in London for Nursing (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
in London for student satisfaction in Nursing (Complete University Guide 2020)
During your course

More about fees

* Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. 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).


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

Funding update: Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000

The Government has announced that from September 2020 students studying undergraduate and postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and many allied health courses, including radiography and speech and language therapy, will receive a non-repayable and non-means tested (universal) grant of £5,000 a year. This is in addition to existing mainstream student support accessed through the Student Loans Company.

The Government has also announced additional funding for specific courses or to help students with childcare costs. We will update our website once more details have been announced by the Government. Non-repayable grants of at least £5,000 - read the news article


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. Find out more loan options and additional financial support for studying an MSc pre-registration nursing course.


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.


You will spend around 50% of your time on clinical placements. Your practice experience will take place in a variety of settings such as specialist units, hospital wards and primary care settings such as Health Centres and patients/service users’ homes.

Most placements are within our 'community of practice', a partnership of healthcare providers within North East London - allowing you to become familiar with the needs of the local community and its healthcare providers.

Academic facilities

The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers you excellent clinical training facilities.

You will have access to a simulated six-bedded ward with realistic equipment, including:

  • Piped oxygen.
  • Call bells.
  • Medicines and emergency equipment.

In addition, medium-fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, will allow you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS . City TECS is a specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehealth and telecare technologies, providing you with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies while studying.


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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Course timetables will be available closer to course start date and can be accessed from the Student Hub.

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

We take a blended approach to learning and teaching, including:

  • seminars
  • laboratory practicals
  • enquiry-based learning
  • practice experience
  • simulated practice
  • personal and professional development groups
  • meetings
  • online activities.


Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of the MSc, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. The practice element is assessed by the development of a record of achievement in practice and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. Modules are also assessed through essays, seminars or presentations.

As part of the MSc you are expected to complete a dissertation, this will involve a systematic literature review of integrated practice, which is the foundation of this programme and the future of contemporary nursing practice.

Your final degree classification is calculated from the first, second and final years.

View sample academic year.

Assessment weightings by year

Year 1: 25% ∙ Year 2: 50% ∙ Year 3: 25%


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).

Part 1

Part 1 constitutes one unit and has one core theory module and a practice experience module which incorporates simulated practice.

Unit One:

  • Foundations in Health and Nursing comprises one core theory module - Relationship Centred Care and Concepts of Biology for Health (15 credits).
  • The practice component of Part 1 comprises - Engaging in Practice 1(15 credits).

Part 2

Part 2 has field specific modules which reflect the two pathways that you will undertake.

In each pathway there are two core theory modules and a practice experience module which incorporates simulated practice.

Adult Field

There are two theoretical units to Part 2 of the programme:

Unit Two:

  • Acute Care comprises one core theory module - Experiencing Acute Care, Diagnostics and Treatment: Adult Nursing (15 credits).
  • The practice component of Part 2 comprises one module - Engaging in practice 2: Adult Nursing (30 credits).

Unit Three:

  • Long Term Care comprises one core theory module - Experiencing Long term Care, Rehabilitation and Recovery: Adult Nursing (15 credits).
  • Engaging in practice 2 Adult Nursing - this continues on from Unit Two.

Mental Health Field

There are two theoretical modules and one combined theoretical and practice module to Part 2 of the programme:

Unit Four:

  • Principles of Mental Health Practice (15 credits) - A theory and practice module. The theory component will take place in Unit Four.
  • Acute Care comprises one core theory module - Experiencing Acute Care, Diagnostics and Treatment: Mental Health Nursing(15 credits).

Unit Five:

  • Long Term Care comprises one core theory module - Experiencing Long term Care, Rehabilitation and Recovery: Mental Health Nursing(15 credits).
  • Principles of Mental Health Practice (15 credits) - A theory and practice module. The practice component will take place in Unit Five.

Part 3

Part 3 has a common theory module and practice module which reflect the adult and mental health fields you will undertake. It has two core theory modules and a combined theory and practice experience module. There is one Theoretical Unit in Part 3 of the programme:

Unit Six:

  • Developing Leaders and Managers of Care has one theory module Leading and Managing in Health Care Practice (15 credits).
  • Integrated Dissertation Module (45 credits) - The theory of this module is taught in Unit Five but the dissertation supervision with be provided in Unit Six.
  • Integration of Adult and Mental Health Practice Module (15 credits) - A combined theory and practice module, the practice component will take place in Unit Five.

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

  • Academic profile
    Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing / Programme Director MSc Nursing: Adult and Mental Health
After you graduate

Career prospects

Successful graduates will have an internationally recognised qualification and will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This course will accelerate your career progression and open up a variety of fascinating career opportunities across both adult and mental health fields of practice.

By joining a nursing course at City, University of London you will become a CapitalNurse, a link with all nursing students across London; giving you support to develop your nursing career in the capital.

Through this relationship with CapitalNurse, our final year nursing students are currently offered a special streamlined employment scheme by all NHS Trusts in North Central London. This provides a supportive and straightforward way of moving into their first nursing roles after completing the degree. Find out more about this offer and the other work of CapitalNurse.

This MSc ideally positions you to pursue an accelerated career pathway and become a future leader, clinical expert or researcher within the nursing profession.

Your personal career aspirations can be discussed during your programme with your personal tutor and you may also seek help and guidance from the Careers Service.

You will also be given opportunities to prepare for interviews and develop Personal Development Plans during the programme.

Contact details

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