About this course
With this integrated masters course, you'll study child nursing and mental health nursing – giving you a broad set of skills that will allow you to provide evidence-based and compassionate care in many settings.
Southampton is a world-leading provider of nursing training, and you'll be supported by exceptional researchers and educators.
the science that underpins nursing
the evidence base behind the nurse's role
how nurses promote health and help people to maintain health and well-being
You'll develop practice skills through a range of nursing placements, and your learning will be further supported through simulated practice and clinical skills teaching. You will also learn with and from students of other health professions in both theory and practice.
Practice placements will normally be undertaken in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in a mixture of hospital and community settings across 6 trusts.
To prepare you for your future role, the programme will help you to:
develop skills in assessment, decision-making and managing complexity across a range of healthcare environments
understand the nature of health needs within a global context
become confident in embracing the technology and innovation that will be needed to meet people's future health needs
prepare for a future nursing leadership role in clinical or academic settings
When you finish your degree, you'll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a registered nurse (child) and as a registered nurse (mental health).
You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 269.87 KB).
Location and awarding body
The course location is Highfield campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.
A-levels additional information
Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Preferably including a science or social science subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Pass with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma additional information
Preferably including a science or social science subject.
Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
DDM in the BTEC National Extended Diploma or DD in BTEC National Diploma plus B in A-Level subject or D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus BB in two A-level subjects
BTEC additional information
We accept Health studies or science
A-levels with Extended Project Qualification
If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer:
BBB and grade A in the EPQ
A-levels contextual offer
We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience.
Nursing applicants are not just applying for a degree but a professional qualification. This is a very demanding programme and we need to be confident that students can cope with the expectations of academic achievement and placement experience. Our values based interview techniques have been developed with clinicians and service users to ensure we recruit the best applicants. We use contextual information when reviewing an application understanding that perhaps the individual has had less support writing a personal statement compared to others, however we will continue to be mindful of all our applicants from all backgrounds that apply through difficult circumstances, whatever that might be
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP) offer
Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) StatementPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 62.17 KB) for further information.
Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
BTEC (RQF) (reformed)
DDD in the BTEC Extended Diploma or DD in BTEC Diploma plus B in A-Level subject or D in the BTEC Subsidary Diploma plus BB in two A-level subjects
Access to HE Diploma
60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 must be at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit
Access to HE Diploma additional information
Additional information.Must be Science Based
Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded 2017)
H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 H3
Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded 2016)
Irish Leaving Certificate additional information
preferably a science or social science. Plus English and Maths Ordinary Level O4 or higher
Scottish Qualification offers
Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement (PDF, 111.01 KB) for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
D3 M2 M2 in three Principlal subjects
Cambridge Pre-U additional information
preferably including a science or social science subject
AB from two A levels and Grade B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.
Welsh Baccalaureate additional information
Preferably a Science or Social Science subject
Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C), Mathematics (minimum grade 4/C) and Science (minimum grade 4/C) if not offered at a level 3 qualification.
English language requirements
All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.
Band I IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in reading, listening, speaking and 6.5 in writing
IELTS score requirements
We also accept other English language tests.
Non-academic entry requirements
You will be required to attend a selection day. Satisfactory Occupational Health and Police Checks. Recent relevant study within 5 years
This course is not available to international students.
Other ways to qualify
You might meet our criteria in other ways if you do not have the qualifications we need. Find out more about:
our Access to Southampton scheme for students living permanently in the UK (including residential summer school, application support and scholarship)
skills you might have gained through work or other life experiences (otherwise known as recognition of prior learning)
Find out more about our Admissions Policy.
You'll study this degree full-time over four years. The course comprises minimum of 6,133 hours as specified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council 2018.
You'll study theory-based modules and modules that involve clinical placements.
This year provides a foundation and students from every field of nursing study all the content.
an introduction to the nature of the NHS and professional practice – this module is studied jointly with students on other allied health professional programmes
the principles of person-centred nursing and the nurse's role in meeting people's fundamental care needs across all ages
the sciences that underpin nursing care – life sciences, health psychology, pharmacology, genomics
There will be two 6-week practice placements.
You'll develop your skills in meeting the needs of adults and of children and young people.
assessing and planning care for the physical or mental health concerns or adults or children
the care needs of adults and children experiencing acute changes to their physical or mental health
the nurse's role in coordinating care and supporting adults and children living with long-term health conditions
There will be 3 practice placements (a total of 12 weeks in each field).
study research methods – this module is studied jointly with students on other allied health professional programmes
study advances in recovery focussed mental health nursing
begin an independent research project
have an opportunity to undertake professional development experience of your choice
There will be 2 practice placements, each lasting 10 weeks.
In your final year you'll:
study leadership, and managing innovation and change – this module is studied jointly with students on other allied health professional programmes
study contemporary challenges in children's nursing
complete an independent research project
There will be 2 practice placements, each lasting 10 or 12 weeks.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
Modules year 1
You must study and pass these core modules in year 1:
Modules year 2
You must study and pass these core modules in year 2:
- Practice Placement 3 for BSc and MN
- Clinical Assessment and Planning Care for Children
- Co-ordinating Long-Term Care in Partnership (Dual Field)
- Engagement and Assessment in Mental Health Recovery
- Managing Acute Changes in Health Status (Dual Field)
- Practice Placement 4 for BSc and MN
- Practice Placement 5 for BSc and MN
Modules year 3
You must study and pass these core modules in year 3:
- Clinical Assessment and Planning Care for Children for MN ( ARCHIVE NOT IN USE)
- Advancing Recovery Focused Mental Health Nursing
- Co-ordinating Nursing Care Placement (P10 Field 1 for MN)
- Consolidating Practice Placement for BSC and MN field 2
- Consolidating Practice Placement for MN field 1
- Developing Professional Practice
- Field Practice Placement (P7 Field 2 for MN)
- Managing Nursing Needs Placement (P9 Field 2 for MN)
- Research Methods
Modules year 4
You must study and pass these core modules in year 4:
- Developing Professional Practice
- Influencing Innovation and Change (Level 7)
- Preparation for RN Dual Field (Level 7)
- Preparation for RN Practice Placement for MN (Field 1)
- Preparation for RN Practice Placement for MN (Field 2)
- Research Project for MSc and MN
- Transitioning - Meeting Challenges in Contemporary Children's Nursing (for MN)
Learning and assessment
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- classes and tutorials
- individual and group projects
- independent learning (studying on your own)
Support for your studies
You'll be supported by a personal academic tutor and have access to a senior tutor.
Sarah Hughes is the course leader.
How we’ll assess you
We’ll assess you using:
- written and practical exams
Nurses from Southampton are in high demand – 100% of our graduates are in professional nursing roles 6 months after graduation (DLHE Survey 2015/16). You will leave us career-ready to rise to the top of your profession.
Your degree and practical experience will give you the ideal platform to develop your career in the direction that interests you most. You'll find opportunities in:
hospitals or the wider community
senior positions such as consultant nurse, team leader or advanced clinical practitioner
education, where you train and inspire future generations of nurses
Graduating with a masters qualification will give you an important early career boost as senior nursing roles require you to have a qualification at this level or equivalent.
Find out more about careers in nursing on the NHS Careers website.
Careers services at Southampton
We are a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
work experience schemes
CV and interview skills and workshops
careers fairs attended by top employers
a wealth of volunteering opportunities
study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture and our dedicated start-up supporter, Futureworlds, is open to every student.
Fees, costs and funding
You'll pay £9,250 in tuition fees for the academic year 2020 to 2021. This fee might change for further years of your course.
International student fees
This course is not available to international students.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fees pay for the full cost of tuition and all examinations. Your fee also covers the cost of your uniform for clinical practice.
Find out how to:
There will be extra costs for the following:
suitable shoes for your practice placements
your own fob watch
your enhanced DBS certificate
your professional registration fee (on graduation)
You may be able to claim some travel and accommodation expenses when you're working on placement. Learn more about placement costs and expenses.
Other costs not covered by the tuition fee include:
personal computer or laptop and data storage devices
Extra costs you might have to pay
See the full list of extra items and costs in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window 2020 to 2021 (PDF, 269.87 KB).
Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:
Bursaries, scholarships and other funding
If you're a UK or EU student and your household income is under £25,000 a year, you may be able to get a University of Southampton bursary to help with your living costs. Find out about bursaries and other funding we offer at Southampton.
If you're a care leaver or estranged from your parents, you may be able to get a specific bursary.
Get in touch for advice about student money matters.
Scholarships and grants
You may be able to get a scholarship or grant that's linked to your chosen subject area.
We award scholarships and grants for travel, academic excellence, or to students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Support during your course
The Student Services Centre offers support and advice on money to students. You may be able to access our Student Support fund and other sources of financial support during your course.
The University offers a friendly, diverse and welcoming home for you while you study. You'll work, live and socialise with students from more than 130 countries.
Clubs, societies and facilities
Our campuses have:
cafes and restaurants
a post office
Our sports facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool, a gym with 140 fitness stations, squash courts, a bouldering wall, outdoor pitches and much more. There are over 80 sports clubs you could join, and activity classes including yoga and spin.
We have an internationally known theatre, concert hall, art gallery and cinema showing everything from mainstream blockbusters to international arthouse classics. You could perform at a gig, concert or show, take part in an exhibition or join a writers’ workshop. Find out more about arts and culture at Southampton.
Whatever your passion or community, you can find like-minded people at one of the Students’ Union clubs and societies. There are more than 200 to join, and social activities in every hall of residence.
Support while you study
We aim to help you deal with any problems you might come across, so you can make the most of your time at university. We offer support with:
mental health, learning difficulties and disability
money and accommodation
computers and IT
How to apply
When you apply use:
UCAS Course Code: B748
UCAS Institution Code: S27
What happens after you apply
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- predicted grades
- academic achievements
- personal statement
- academic reference
We will also consider how your personal values align with the nursing profession.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a selection day, which includes an interview. You'll get an email from the admissions tutor if you're invited to the selection day. This will include information on how to prepare and what to expect during the session.
We aim to respond to you within 2 to 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.