As a student nurse I find the opportunities given to me during my practice based learning very fulfilling. We are able to help heal the minds, souls and bodies of our patients and their families.

Eniola, MSc Nursing (Mental Health) student

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The MSc in Nursing is an accelerated nursing course leading to registration as an adult or mental health nurse.

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.

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.

Why study MSc Nursing?

If you already have a Bachelor’s degree with Honours from any field of academic study, you can qualify as a nurse in two years on our MSc course instead of three years on a BSc Nursing degree.

If you are unsure which field of nursing practice (Adult or Mental Health) is right for you, on our course you can change your chosen field at the end of the first semester.

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.

Prior to beginning the course 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. 

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no element below 6.0.

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All about the course

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.

The course 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).

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. 

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to 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). 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 learning and will focus on the development of clinical and communication skills.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. 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. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

*Modules subject to validation

How you’ll learn

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 20 credit module involve 60 hours academic direction and 140 hours independent study. Our course 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.

There will be 1600 hours of practice-based learning during the course, 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.

Your learning will be supported by 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.

Our vision for you as a future nurse is of a creative, innovative, competent, visionary nurse who places people at the centre of all you do. We've worked in partnership with service users and practice partners to ensure the MSc Nursing provides you with the best learning opportunities.

Paula KuzbitProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

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.

Your future career

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 using your skills in 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.


2021/22 tuition fees for this course

  UK Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,095 (Overseas students will be required to cover travel costs to sites across the health sector)
Part-time N/A N/A

20% Alumni Discount

We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

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Professional accreditation

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.

Specialist facilities

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.

Industry links

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.

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