MSc Nursing: Adult and Mental HeALTH With pathways in Adult and Mental Health

Year of entry

Applications to this course for September 2019 entry are now closed.

We are excited that you are considering studying with us and look forward to welcoming you. Our programme has two pathways; adult nursing and mental health nursing, and you will choose your preferred pathway.

Our programme is equally divided between practice and theoretical learning. You will spend two years studying full time which will include undertaking seven modules and 1600 hours of practice learning. By successfully completing the programme you will have gained 180 level seven credits and will be awarded a Master of Science in Nursing (Adult or Mental Health).

On successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to register your qualification with the NMC and practise as a registered nurse within your chosen field.

The MSc in Nursing is an accelerated nursing programme taking two years to complete (BSc (Hons) Nursing is three years) and is open to applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree with Honours from any field of academic study (for example: English Literature, Sports Science, Biochemistry, or Psychology). Nursing is a rewarding and challenging career that can offer you a wealth of opportunities once you have qualified. As an autonomous registered nurse, in either the Adult or Mental Health field of practise, you will have the opportunity to work alongside people experiencing changes to their health and wellbeing, for example an acute episode of illness or managing an enduring health condition.

If you are unsure which field of nursing practice (Adult or Mental Health) is right for you our programme offers you the opportunity to change your chosen field at the end of the first semester. During the first semester, each student will undertake a four-week practice experience in both a mental health care setting and an adult physical health care setting. Following these two experiences you will be offered the opportunity change or confirm the field of nursing practice you would like to complete (subject to practice learning capacity). You will then continue with your studies and undertake your field specific modules. 

Our programme provides you with a number of practice experiences across Kent and Medway, and across the range of health care settings including hospital and community based services where you will be supported by registered health and social care professionals to develop your understanding of, and competency in, nursing practice. Our programme uses problem based learning and clinical supervision to enable you to become a reflective and competent practitioner. Working in groups or individually you are provided with a series of problems to solve and directed towards learning materials and tasks that will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills. You will consider these issues through discussion, debate, and reading to develop a critical understanding of the role of the nurse. We are very proud that our programme, including our learning materials, have been developed in partnership with people using healthcare services to ensure you explore experiences from their perspective, and develop as a person centred practitioner. 

As a registered nurse, there are a myriad of career opportunities open to you including clinical specialisms, advanced practice, community nursing, management, education, and research. You could also work overseas or join the armed services. 

This course is for you if you have a Bachelor degree with Honours and wish to study to become a qualified registered nurse in either the Adult or Mental Health field of practice. Successful completion of the programme will make you eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and practice as a registered nurse.

We have a clear vision of the nurse we want you to become. We want to help you become a critically aware, creative, competent practitioner of nursing who gives primacy to the delivery of person-centred care within our local and global community. Our vision, for you as our future nurse is of a creative, innovative, competent, visionary practitioner who places people at the centre of all you do. You will become a politically aware advocate and health activist. You will work autonomously and be a joint decision maker with service users, their families, and other health care providers. You will have a strongly held belief in equality. You will be a leader and inspiration to others, using expert communication skills, problem solving, and personal resilience to improve the health and wellbeing of people and the community.

Over the course of the programme you will have the opportunity to study nursing theory and practice and work directly with people experiencing changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing in a variety of settings, including their homes and the wider community (including primary, secondary and tertiary care settings). Through these experiences, you will have gained the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to prepare you to be a practitioner of, and a leader in, nursing care. You will be part of a clinical supervision group throughout the programme where you will reflect on and develop your practice. Simulated practice learning will be incorporated into your programme and will focus on the development of clinical and communication skills.     

The MSc Nursing (Adult/ Mental Health) programme will run over 2 years full-time, and is divided equally between university based learning and practice learning.

Building on our Faculty's extensive experience of interprofessional learning, throughout the programme you will also have the opportunity to work with other health and social care students within interprofessional education events. This will include classroom based learning, simulated activities, and practice experiences. We are very fortunate to have co-teachers working with us who are local service users who will help you develop your understanding and awareness of working in partnership with people with a learning disability. In addition, students from across the nine health and social care programmes will come together in shared learning events to explore how interprofessional working improves outcomes for all people using health and social care services.

The MSc Nursing is a problem-based learning programme. Specifically, you will engage with a series of person centred problems in order to achieve each of the module learning outcomes. Working in groups or individually you will be provided with problems and directed towards tasks that will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills. You will also consider the issues presented in the modules and through discussion, debate, and guided reading critically examine your role as nurses. Your learning will be fully supported by blended learning materials available on our online virtual learning environment (VLE). The focus on collaborative group activities will also create opportunities for you to develop and work within learning communities. 

We have designed modules, in partnership with service users and services providers, to approach the person as a whole and follow their journey through health and illness that reflect the changing and complex nature of healthcare today. Modules have woven together themes relevant to nursing practice, for example: interprofessional working, professional values, communication skills, clinical science, and nursing practice which are then explored in a context specific way using problem-based learning approaches. This approach will help you prepare for your practise experiences as the people you will meet and be working with will not have single issue lives.   

We want to support your learning and will provide access to a variety of online learning resources that will underpin and build on classroom activities, including (but not limited to): a virtual learning environment, narrated power points, video streaming, pod casting, directed reading materials via hyperlinks to e-books and e-library resources, online formative self-assessments and quizzes, reflective blogs, and e-portfolios. You will be directed to materials that will need to be completed prior to and following each session to ensure you are fully prepared for seminar activities, problem-based learning tasks, or the exploration of nursing theory and practice. Within university you will be directly using your independent learning to solve problems, explore concepts and challenging situations, plan care, and practise clinical skills.

All modules within the MSc Nursing Programme are core or field specific.

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Year 1 - Level 7


Nursing Theory and Practice (20 credits)    

60 hours academic direction 160 hours practice learning & 140 independent study 

The aims of the module are to provide students with a critical overview of a range of theories that are pertinent to working in a person-centred way; enable students to synthesise complex information when critically examining the role of the nurse and to facilitate student’s demonstration of originality and creativity in responding to health and care issues.

Assessment: 2000 word written assignment and practice assessment   

Nursing Research (10 credits)

30 hours academic direction, 80 hours practice learning and 70 hours independent study

The aim of the module is to develop students understanding of research paradigms, methodologies and methods relevant to nursing practice to enable them to develop rigorous research questions for further investigation.

Assessment: 1000 word research proposal and practice assessment   

Social Justice and Ethics in Nursing Practice (10 credits)

30 hours academic direction, 80 hours practice learning and 70 hours independent study

The aims of this module are to facilitate the student’s critical exploration of social justice and ethics as they relate to nursing practice; to critically examine contemporary health discourse; and to facilitate the development of strategies to ensure they work in partnership with all health service users.

Assessment: Presentation and practice assessment  

Mental Health Students:

Applied Mental Health Nursing Practice (40 credits)

120 hours academic direction 440 hours practice learning and 280 hours independent study

The aim of the module is to increase mental health nursing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in delivering biopsychosocial interventions, based upon the collaborative formulation of problems and person-centred care planning.

Assessment: 4000 word case study and practice assessment   

Adult Students:

Applied Adult Nursing Practice (40 credits)

120 hours academic direction 440 hours practice learning and 280 hours independent study

The aim of the module is to enable the student to provide person centred care for a variety of service users in hospital and non-hospital settings. Through the application of evidence based practice to inform decision making.

Assessment: 4000 word portfolio and practice assessment 

Year 2 - Level 7


Nursing dissertation (40 credits)

30 hours academic direction, 336 hours practice learning and 370 independent study

The aim of this module is to enable students to plan and manage a piece of work which demonstrates a critical understanding of the processes undertaken to produce a rigorous literature review of professional relevance.

Assessment: 6000 word literature review and practice assessment

Leadership and developing others (20 credits)

60 hours academic direction, 168 hours practice learning & 140 independent study

The module aims to develop an appreciation and understanding of requirements of leadership in healthcare for quality patient experience. Students will seek to be self-aware and develop evidence based leadership practice in the context of team and organisational healthcare.

Assessment: 2000 word written assignment and practice assessment 


Complexity in Mental Health Practice (40 credits)

120 hours academic direction, 336 hours practice learning and 280 hours independent study

This module aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge base to identify, and effectively manage complex mental health conditions across the lifespan incorporating biological, psychosocial, and cultural determinants of health.

Assessment: 4000 word case study and practice assessment


Complexity in Adult Nursing Practice

120 hours academic direction, 336 hours practice learning and 280 hours independent study

The aim of this module is to enable the students to critically consider decision-making theory when planning and delivering care to people accessing health care with complex conditions focusing on the pathophysiology, pharmacology, psychology and social aspects of the disease process.

Assessment: 4000 word assignment and practice assessment 

Successful completion of the MSc Nursing will make you eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a registered adult or mental health nurse. This will open up a wide range of exciting career opportunities for you including working in specialist clinical practice, management, education, research or the armed forces. You could also choose to travel and explore the possibility of practising overseas.

Additionally, on successful completion of the course there are opportunities within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to progress onto further postgraduate continuing professional development, including specialist education and PhD studies.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  £9,250 £12,650*
Part-time  N/A N/A

*Overseas students will be required to cover travel costs to sites across the health sector.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Further information

Students may be eligible to apply for funding from the Student Loans Company. Further information can be found on the following websites:

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CCCU Advantage

Our aim is to ensure that there are no hidden initial costs when commencing your Health and Wellbeing course. Any additional costs to pre-registration health and social care students should be kept to a minimum, therefore, we will be providing all our students commencing courses affected by the NHS bursary changes from September 2017 with extra funding support as part of your course fees.

The CCCU Advantage Package includes:

  • Uniforms
  • Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation

Visit The Funding Clinic for further information on the Government funding changes.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.


The MSc Nursing modules involve 60 hours academic direction and 140 hours independent study per 20 credits. Academic direction includes a mix of approaches including; core lectures, student seminars, problem-based learning sessions and tutorial opportunities.

There will be 1600 hours of practice based learning during the programme, 760 hours in year one and 840 hours in year two. This consists of a broad range of clinical and therapeutic experiences including acute, long-term and specialist care services provided in hospitals, the persons own home, and the wider community. Whilst in practice you will be supported and assessed by a wide range of registered health and social care professionals who have undertaken preparation for this role. You will also receive support from your Personal Academic Tutor and Academic Assessor. You will also undertake simulated practice learning which is facilitated by our team, in addition to drawing upon the wider expertise within the Faculty.

Independent learning

You will be expected to undertake independent learning in support of academic modules and practice experiences.

Academic staff will provide guidance for your independent learning through the virtual learning environment.

Independent learning may be undertaken individually or within small groups, and will include problem solving activities.

Overall workload

The programme meets the hours requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC, 2018); 2300 hours of which need to be in practice. Prior to beginning the programme you will need to have undertaken 750 hours of practice experience. You will then need to submit a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) application portfolio of evidence that documents these 750 hours and includes a CV, record of application for Disclosure Barring Scheme (DBS) and occupational health clearance and a supporting statement reflecting how these experiences have prepared you to undertake the MSc Nursing. You will be supported in preparing this portfolio by a member of the MSc programme team. This portfolio will be assessed using a predefined criteria and once successfully completed you will be offered a firm place on the programme.  

The remaining practice hours will be achieved during the programme, 760 in year 1 and 840 in year two. You will also undertake 1800 hours (180 credits) of theoretical learning over the two years of the programme.       

Academic input

Our academic staff are registered nurses from a variety of clinical backgrounds including: primary and secondary care, oncology, liaison psychiatry, critical care, rehabilitation services, older persons care and learning disability. We are also supported by colleagues from other academic disciplines including clinical sciences and humanities.   

Each of your modules will be assessed 50% theoretically and 50% assessed in practice by completing our practice assessment documents.  A variety of theoretical assessment strategies have been included in your programme so that you can showcase your full range of academic skills including written assignments, portfolios, and presentations.

To progress from one year to the next, all theory and practice assessments must be passed.

To be eligible to apply for registration at the end of the programme with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory DBS checks and Occupational Health clearance.

During your practice experiences you will be exposed to the full range of working patterns employed in the different health care settings which will include nights, weekends and public holidays. You will also be expected to travel to your practice experiences, but this will not normally exceed 1 ½ hours in each direction

Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the placement provider/organisation.

We look at all your academic achievements. Please include all relevant qualifications.

Following the recommendations from the Francis Report (2013) into failings in care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust we undertake values based recruitment using the ‘6 Cs’. When we select applicants for interview we consider these values as well as your ability to demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of nursing.

Personal statement: you should set aside time to complete the application form as the decision as to whether you are called for interview is based on the form. The personal statement is very important and you must say why you want to become a nurse, demonstrate your commitment to and understanding of the profession, and illustrate you have the values highlighted by the 6 Cs.

References: we take into account what your referee says about you, and it is important that you give us the names and addresses of relevant referees. For example, your current employer or education provider. You should not use friends or relatives. Your reference must be current.

All students will be interviewed for the programme. You will attend a selection day focused on your chosen field of study (Adult or Mental Health) and will be interviewed alongside candidates applying for the BSc Nursing programmes. All the interview questions are based on Health Education England’s values-based recruitment.

Conditional offers will be made to successful interviewees.

There is a set of criteria by which all applicants are judged, in general we are looking for applicants who can:

Demonstrate values commensurate with the profession

Communicate clearly in spoken and written standard English

Convey enthusiasm about their chosen profession and react appropriately to the group discussion

Explain why they want to become a nurse and be able to explain and give evidence that they understand the role of the nurse 

Further information and guidance on our interview process can be found on our website.

Following a successful interview you will be offered a conditional place on the programme subject to the successful completion of a RPEL portfolio of evidence. Your portfolio will include a record of the achievement of 750 hours of practice experience, a reflective statement on how your Bachelors degree with Honours, and practice experiences have prepared you to undertake the MSc Nursing, an up to date CV, and evidence that you have applied for DBS and Occupational Health Clearance.

You will be supported by an academic member of the MSc Nursing team to prepare your portfolio. Your portfolio will normally be submitted no later than 6 weeks prior to the start of the programme.

Practice experience must be documented as required in the Practice Experience log  Relevant practice experience can include:

  • Volunteering for health or social care charity in a service user facing capacity e.g. befriender, helpline volunteer, shelter support worker
  • Telephone or e-health advice e.g. NHS Direct
  • Care Support Worker (CSW), Nursing Associate (NA), Health Care Assistant (HCA) Emergency Care Support Worker (ECSW) in a hospital, general practice or community setting (Private and/or Public sector)
  • Personal Carer for family member providing direct physical and/or emotional care      

Other experiences should be discussed with the Programme Director prior to application.

On successful completion of the portfolio you will be offered a firm place on the programme.

Successful applicants are required to self-declare any criminal convictions in line with sector best practice. This enables our Admissions team to determine if you will meet the professional and statutory requirements for the programme. 

MSc Nursing Portfolio Guidance can be found here.

This MSc Nursing (Adult/ Mental Health) is subject to a conjoint approval between the University and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Upon approval, it is further subject to monitoring processes by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

To be eligible to apply for registration with the relevant statutory regulatory body, you must demonstrate good health and good character throughout your studies and on completion. Applications for professional registration will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and Occupational Health clearance.

On completion of the course and in preparation for registration, the programme director must be satisfied that you meet the relevant statutory regulatory body fitness to practise criteria. You will be required to sign an annual declaration of ongoing fitness to practise at regular intervals during the course. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing has a fitness to practise policy and procedures which may be instigated should you demonstrate behaviour or conduct that falls short of that expected by the University and/or statutory regulatory body.

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Nurses are regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and nursing students are expected to comply with ‘The Code’ (NMC 2018) – a regulatory guide which relates to professional standards. A copy of this is available at

The Simulation Suites offer you the chance to practise nursing skills in a safe environment which replicates some areas of the clinical placements you may experience.

Sessions in the Simulation Suites include real time practice experiences using electronic mannequins, co-teachers and actors, allowing you to participate in experiential learning, which enable clear links between theory and the practical application to be made by students.

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has close working relationships with placement providers and many of our graduates find work in our local health services.

We work with the NHS, including the Acute and Community sectors. We also work with private and voluntary health and social care organisations.

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 2 years full time


  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • For the MSc Nursing (Adult/ Mental Health) you will hold a Bachelor's degree with Honours at a 2:1 in any subject or a 2:2 in a health related subject, such as Biological Sciences, Psychology or Public Health.

    You must also hold maths and English GCSE grade 4-9 (A-C) or Functional Skills Level 2 or equivalent.



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