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B748 MNurs Nursing (Child and Mental Health) (4 years)

Improve quality of life for young service users and patients with complex mental health issues, through excellence in care, delivery of personal values and a tailored understanding of individuals’ needs, built upon the values of compassion and empathy. On this four year programme you'll leave us with a masters degree and eligibility for two fields of registration, enabling you to enter the workforce with the ability to accelerate your nursing career. Ranked 5th in the world and 3rd among UK universities for nursing (QS World Rankings by Subject 2019), our qualified practitioner-led curriculum will give you the qualities to become a leader in a changing healthcare landscape.


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Introducing your degree

At Southampton, we are leading the way in preparing future nurses to work with children and young people.  This innovative dual field programme provides the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of how to work with young people to look after their physical and mental health. The programme will enable you to work either as a children’s nurse or a mental health nurse, or to combine your nursing skills from both registrations.

The programme is delivered to an advanced academic level and you will need the aptitude to learn quickly, to develop your thinking skills and lead innovative care in a dynamic healthcare environment.

Upon finishing your programme you will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse (Child) and a registered Nurse (Mental Health).


Child with mental health professional during consultation

Our MNurs Nursing (Child and Mental Health) programme will support you to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to provide excellent, evidence-led, compassionate nursing care and qualify as a Registered Nurse on graduation.

Throughout your programme you will be encouraged to value the uniqueness of each human being and use a biopsychosocial approach to promote health and well-being.  You will be supported to develop a wide range of knowledge and high-level skills to enable you to provide person-centred nursing care, make decisions and manage complexity across a broad range of healthcare environments.  The programme will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and personal attributes necessary to lead and empower teams and enhance nursing care and services.    

Our position as a leading research intensive University will provide the right environment to support you to acquire well-developed skills of critical analysis and equip you to develop future nursing practice through confident proactive leadership, practice development, research, education and entrepreneurship. 

The programme is studied full-time over four years and comprises of a minimum of 6133 hours as specified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2018.  You will undertake theory based modules and modules in which you are required to undertake a clinical placement. 

Health Sciences are committed to the active involvement of patients and carers across our provision. Learn more about how this important perspective feeds into your education.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

To Apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Visit our How to Apply page for information on the application process and further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details. Specific application deadlines are available on the UCAS website.


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This programme is subject to accreditation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Programme Structure

The MNurs Nursing (Child and Mental Health) programme is structured to give you a range of theory and practice modules in both fields. It includes all the information you would expect on high standard BSc Child nursing degrees and BSc Mental Health degrees.

You begin with the child field modules before moving to the mental health field modules. At a later stage the knowledge and skills you have learned in each field become integrated. By the end of the degree you will have a rich resource of competencies, skills and experiences to draw upon in your professional life.

Key Facts

  • Ranked 5th in the world for nursing and 3rd among UK universities in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2019
  • Superb new multi-functional clinical skills suite
  • Learn from world-leading academics whose latest research findings and sector insights ensure your learning is at the cutting edge of developments in healthcare
  • Choose from a diverse and exciting range of undergraduate and Masters level courses that extend your career options and equip you to rise to the  top of your profession to lead the future of healthcare
  • Values-based ethos, focusing on emotional intelligence, clinical excellence, care and compassion

Life as a Nursing Student

Find out more about the typical day of a Nursing student at the University of Southampton

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Typical entry requirements

Please note these may be subject to change

View 2019 entry requirements

GCSE  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.
GCE A-Level  ABB 
GCE A-Level with Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) 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
GCE A-Level with 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
A- level additional information Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Preferably including a science or social science subject
Welsh Baccalaureate offer AB from two A levels and Grade B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate. Preferably a Science or Social Science subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Pass with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level  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.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)

Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma offer  60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 33 must be at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit Additional information. Must be Science Based
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017)  H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 H3
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016) AAABBB 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 for further information. Applicants are advised to contact the Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer D3 M2 M2 in three Principal subjects preferably including a science or social science subject
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) DDD in the BTEC Extended Diploma or DD in BTEC Diploma plus B in A-Level subject or D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus BB in two A-level subjects
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) 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 We accept Health studies or science
European Baccalaureate offer  77% overall
International qualifications  FETAC / QQI Level 5 120 Credits: Pass in every module, with distinction essential in at least 5 modules including Human Growth and Development (or Biology), Anatomy and Physiology and Nursing Theory. Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams
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

For 2019 entry

GCSE 4 to 9 or A* to C including English Language, Mathematics and Science.
A Level ABB-BBB preferably including science or social science.
IB 32 (16 at Higher)
BTEC in health studies or science BTEC (RQF): DDM BTEC (QCF): DDD
Access to HE 45 credits at L3 including 33 distinctions and 9 merits
Selection process:

The University’s Admissions Policy applies equally to all programmes of study. The above are the typical entry criteria used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies will also be accepted including CTEC, C&G Adv. Tech. Ext. Diploma, CACHE Ext. Diploma, IB, Irish Leaving Certificate, QQI.

If the Admissions Tutor decides to invite you to a selection session you will receive an invitation via email. You will be offered a range of dates to choose from and further information on how to confirm your attendance. You will also receive a link to a website with important information informing you how to prepare and what to expect during your selection session.

Nursing Selection sessions normally last approximately 4 hours. During this time you will undertake a number of assessed activities:

Group Discussion – groups of around 6-8 applicants will have 20 minutes to discuss a nursing related topic. All the scenarios are linked to the NHS Values and have been generated by people who are recipients of NHS care, both patients and carers. Two assessors will observe this discussion, including senior nurses from local NHS Trusts, people who use NHS services and academic staff. You will be assessed on your contribution and your interactions / relationship with other members of the group. It will be helpful to draw on your experience during this task and hopefully interesting to hear views and opinions from others with similar interests to you.

Reflection – short 1:1 discussion with an assessor which will allow you to reflect on the group discussion.

Situational Judgement –exploring how your personal values align with NHS Core Values; the activity will include watching several short video clips and writing brief notes.

During the selection session you are likely to meet admissions tutors, other academic staff, current students, local nurse clinicians and service users. Their thoughts and observations support the evidence you have provided on the day but all final decisions are made by the Admissions Tutor, who will review your whole application to enable a final decision to be made.

As part of the selection session, you will also have the opportunity to pose your questions to Admissions Tutors and current students, in order to discover more about the course and studying at Southampton. We get a lot of information from you during your time with us so it’s important that you ask all your questions too. There will also be an optional information session for family members / parents.

For each assessed activity you will be given a numerical score. The scores will be reviewed by an Admissions Tutor who will further review your UCAS application including the reference and noting digital accuracy. This will determine whether to make you an offer or reject your application. You will normally be notified of this decision within 2 weeks of attending the selection session.

This programme of study requires you to work with children and/or with adults in vulnerable situations and therefore you will be required to provide a satisfactory Disclosures and Barring Service enhanced disclosure before being permitted to commence any activity in practice settings.  The programme is regulated by the NMC and the University is obliged to refuse admission to applicants where the applicant’s enhanced DBS check reveals prior criminal behaviour giving rise to concern for the protection of children or adults in vulnerable situations. 

A satisfactory occupational health assessment is a condition of entry and continuation of the programme.  Where an applicant is deemed unacceptable to continue on the programme because of an occupational health assessment, feedback will is provided to the applicant to this effect. All information provided by an applicant relating to his/her occupational health assessment remains confidential between the applicant and the designated occupational health assessor. 


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Typical course content

The programme structure table is below.  All modules are core modules (they must be taken and must be passed at 40% or higher for Level 4, 5 and 6 and 50% of higher for Level 7). 

Please note: these modules are subject to approval and module titles may change.

 Module name Level Credit points 
 Part I     
An Introduction to Professional Practice 7.5 ECTS 
Life Sciences for Nursing Practice 7.5 ECTS 
Fundamental Aspects of Care 7.5 ECTS 
Fundamental Aspects of Care Placement  7.5 ECTS 
Organising Person Centred Nursing Care 7.5 ECTS 
Organising Person Centred Nursing Care Placement 4 7.5 ECTS
Applied Life Science for Nursing Practice 4 7.5 ECTS
Promoting Health and Wellbeing 4 7.5 ECTS
Part II    
Managing Nursing Needs 5 7.5 ECTS
Managing Nursing Needs Placement 5 7.5 ECTS
Co-ordinating Nursing Care 5 7.5 ECTS
Co-ordinating Nursing Care Placement 5 15 ECTS

Field Specific Module

Mental Health Nursing: Mental Health I
Children’s Nursing: Context of Care
Adult Nursing: Palliative and End of Life Care

5 7.5 ECTS
Field Specific Placement 5 7.5 ECTS
Methods of Inquiry 1 5 7.5 ECTS
Part III    
Methods of Practice Inquiry II 6 7.5 ECTS

Field Specific Module

Mental Health Nursing: Mental Health II
Children’s Nursing: Clinical Assessment and planning care for children
Adult Nursing: Clinical Assessment and planning care for adults

6 7.5 ECTS

Field Specific Module

Mental Health Nursing: Mental Health II
Children’s Nursing: Clinical Assessment and planning care for children
Adult Nursing: Clinical Assessment and planning care for adults

6 7.5 ECTS
Development of Professional Practice 7 7.5 ECTS
Consolidating Practice Placement (Field 1) 6 15 ECTS
Consolidating Practice Placement (Field 2) 6 15 ECTS
Part IV    

Field Specific Module

Mental Health Nursing: IAPT 2

Children’s Nursing: Clinical Assessment and planning care for children

Adult Nursing: Clinical Assessment and planning care for adults

7 7.5 ECTS
Influencing Innovation and Change 7 7.5 ECTS
Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice 7.5 ECTS
MSc Dissertation 7 30 ECTS
Preparing for RN Practice Placement 6 15 ECTS

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
MNurs Nursing (Child & Mental Health)2019Full-time£9250Not offered
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT: Computers are provided on the campus but many student choose to use their own laptops/tablets to support their work.
ClothingA uniform for clinical practice will be supplied but you will need to buy suitable footwear.
Printing and copyingSome pages of the Assessment of Practice document will need to be printed/photocopied. In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:
PlacementsAccommodation: The NHS Bursary department state the following for students who commenced after 1st September 2012: “If you have to live away from your normal term-time accommodation during a period of practice placement, you can claim for the cost of any temporary accommodation on or near your practice placement site if it not practical for you to travel there from your usual accommodation each day. However, if your temporary accommodation is your parental home, you will NOT be able to make a claim for your accommodation costs.” Those that started before 1st September 2012 then the following rules applied: “You can claim excess accommodation costs if you live away from your term-time address whilst on placement and are obliged to meet both the costs of your placement accommodation and of retaining your term-time accommodation. You will need to provide proof of these costs and the periods that they cover. You will be reimbursed for the total cost of your clinical placement address, up to a maximum of 110% of your term-time address cost. If you normally reside with your parents during term-time, the cost of your term time address is normally set at £20.00 per day (£30.00 per day for Universities in the London area) and payment will be made at this rate, if appropriate. If you move to the parental home for the purposes of attending your placement you will not be able to claim dual accommodation costs.” Students are required to book and pay for their own accommodation then if they are in receipt of an NHS Bursary they claim the costs back through the NHS Bursary department. The Faculty currently pay for accommodation on the Isle of Wight with Spectrum Housing and a Room away from Home only however we are unsure how long this agreement will be place for and we understand that at some point in the future students will be required to pay the cost upfront themselves. Travel Costs: The NHS Bursary department state the following for students who commenced after 1st September 2012: “Providing the student is in receipt of an NHS Bursary or the £1,000 non means tested grant students may claim the difference between the cost of daily travel from normal term-time accommodation to practice placement site and back. The cost of the daily return journey to placement must be more than the cost of their daily return journey to university.” Those that started before 1st September 2012 then the following rules applied: “The daily cost of travelling to and from placement MUST BE in excess of students normal daily travel costs between term time address and place of study. If their practice placement travel costs are greater than normal daily travel, student may claim the gross amount of the costs incurred.” Again all travel is paid for upfront by the student then if eligible to claim they do so through the NHS Bursary department. Claims can be submitted on a regular basis such as weekly/fortnightly basis rather than waiting until the end of a practice placement but claims cannot be submitted in advance. Immunisation/Vaccination Costs: Students will receive the immunisations which prepare them for practice, as recommended by Occupational Health. Students may opt to pay for others (e.g. meningitis).
Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance: Students will be required to provide evidence of DBS clearance. Translation documents: Students will be required to provide evidence of DBS clearance.
OtherParking Costs: Students may opt to pay for parking whilst on campus, and there may be opportunity to buy parking space whilst on placement.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

The MNurs Nursing (Child and Mental Health) programme is structured to give you the optimum range of theory and practice elements. You begin with the child modules and then move on to the mental health modules.

At a later stage the knowledge and skills you have acquired in each area come together. By the time you graduate you will have many competencies, skills and experiences to empower you in the early stages of your career.

Study Locations

Clinical placements take place across a range of healthcare settings that may include:

University of Southampton

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