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Nursing: Mental Health (MSc)

Award
Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
Duration
2 years
Course Type
Full-time
Campus
Highfield
Next course starts
September 2025

About this course

This course is not open to applicants for 2024 entry. Search similar degrees by browsing our course finder.

This course is undergoing revalidation. This is an internal quality assurance process that may result in some changes to course content in the future.

 

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: 2nd in the UK and 6th in the World for Nursing (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023).

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.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

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.

Accreditations

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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