About this course
Help people to live as independently as possible with their mental health needs. On this master’s degree in Mental Health Nursing you’ll learn to make complex decisions, evaluate practice, coordinate care and advocate for your patients' needs.
You'll join a knowledgeable community with a global ranking for nursing and midwifery: 9th in the world and 3rd among UK universities (QS World Rankings by Subject 2021).
This 2 year master’s is designed for ambitious graduates and career changers who want to become a registered nurse. It's also ideal if you’re already a high achieving qualified nurse and want a second field of registration.
The course prepares you to pursue senior healthcare roles. It also provides a solid foundation for higher level academic study.
You'll carry out a mix of theoretical learning and practice hours which meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements for registration as a nurse. Practice learning takes the form of placements in a range of acute and community care settings.
You’ll gain essential practical experience during the placements to help you develop into the role of a nursing professional.
Your taught theoretical modules cover:
- professional nursing practice
- fundamental aspects of care
- global and public health
- person centred nursing care
- managing acute changes in health status
- coordinating long-term care
- influencing innovation and change
- research methods / research project
Developing critical thinking, reasoning and analytical skills are a big focus of the course. You'll improve your leadership skills so that you can supervise, delegate and challenge practice in the future.
When you complete the degree you’ll be eligible to register with the NMC as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health). You must apply to register within 5 years of completing your course.
Unsure whether to apply for a master's degree or a PGDip? Visit the Entry requirements section to learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
Dr Eloise Monger is a Lecturer in Nursing, a Registered General Nurse and Registered Nurse Teacher. She is an internationally recognised nurse educationalist with expertise in clinical skills and simulation, and has an extensive clinical background in intensive care nursing. Her research focuses on the use of technology in health care. She was the first nurse to be awarded a PhD affiliated to the Institute of Web Science. Visit Dr Monger's profile page to learn more about her research work.
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.