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MSc - Pre-Registration Nursing/Registered Nurse: Mental Health Nursing (Waiting list only)

The course aims to develop the skills required for you to become a confident, competent, caring, and compassionate mental health nurse.

Using a person-centred approach, you will learn how to facilitate the recovery of service users in various settings, including those who are acutely ill, in rehabilitation services and experiencing long-term conditions across the lifespan. You will also have opportunities to learn about partnership approaches to caring for service users, carers, and families.



Accredited by:

Nursing & Midwife Council

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Course Overview

The MSc Mental Health Nursing (Pre-registration) course aims to prepare graduates for the complex, demanding, and rewarding area of mental health nursing. The course provides graduates from a range of backgrounds the opportunity to transfer their skills, build on undergraduate experience and become a fully-qualified NMC registered nurse in two years.

To gain vital real-world experience, 50% of your course is spent on placement. Your placement will be spent across a varied range of professional environments for example. perinatal mental health, dementia services, forensic mental health and dementia and memory matters. Obtain sought-after postgraduate credentials, with a NHS Band 5 prospective starting salary.

On this course you will...

  • Develop the skills and knowledge to practice as a confident, competent and caring Mental Health Nurse as well as the opportunity to enjoy a rewarding career in an area of nursing that excites you.
  • Learn through the support of experienced practice assessors/supervisors whilst on placement and from nursing staff and academics in both the classroom and simulated clinical environments.
  • Be a part of an intimate cohort so that you will benefit from close tuition from the nursing team who will be on hand to support you through your studies and help facilitate your learning.
  • Have access to a range of technology to enhance your learning. These include clinicalskills.net, OCULUS - a virtual reality headset for simulated activities and Pharmacology and Prescribing Resources.
  • Graduate with a masters in Nursing and be eligible to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN)

Course Structure

What you will learn

Mental health nurses support patients with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, addiction, and eating disorders. They work in settings such as in hospitals or the community and help people manage their illness and improve their lives.

This Master's degree enables graduates from a range of backgrounds the opportunity to transfer their skills to become a registered nurse (mental health). The course is aimed at graduates of a degree in a relevant discipline who aspire to qualify for eligibility to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register.

The course is underpinned by the core values of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and aims to promote critical thinking skills and the spirit of inquiry.

Over the past few decades, the role of the nurse has developed due to the changing context of health and social care, resulting in a wide range of new positions and services. Registered nurses (mental health) hold a significant role in terms of leading and coordinating care provision for people across the lifespan; aware of the complex mental, physical, cognitive, and behavioural care needs of those they look after.

This Master's degree aims to develop registered nurses (mental health) who prioritise people by providing safe and effective care, educating those in their care through the use of technology, promoting health literacy to prevent ill health, and supporting healthy choices and lifestyles. The course has been developed to raise the professional values and social conscience of students to prepare them for future healthcare roles.

As a nurse, you'll translate evidence-based knowledge to improve healthcare delivery while maintaining and emphasising the ethics of person-centred care. Modules on this course have been designed with this in mind and aim to stimulate innovation, improve quality, manage risk, and identify areas for productive change.

The University of Cumbria, together with our practice partners, share a vision to prepare students to become dynamic nurses that are fit for practice in rapidly changing and challenging care environments.

Year one
  • Concepts, Theories and Practice in Professional Nursing
    To critically evaluate the legal, ethical and professional concepts which inform the complexities of decision making in health & social care practice.
  • Pathophysiology and Nursing Assessment Across the Lifespan
    The aim of this module is to apply in-depth knowledge of pathophysiology and clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and management of patients with core clinical conditions.
  • Advancing Mental Health Across the Healthcare Spectrum
    To develop a deeper understanding of the nature and impact of mental illness across the health care spectrum.
  • Public Health and Nursing in Communities
    To critically appraise and evaluate the public health and social care agendas and their impact on individuals, groups and communities.
  • Part 1 Practice Assessment (Year 1)
    Prepare students for their placements in part 1 of the programme in terms of health and safety of themselves and others, and the people in their care.
  • Part 2 Practice Assessment (Year 1)
    Prepare students for their placements in part 2 of the programme in terms of health and safety of themselves and others, and the people in their care
Year two
  • Pharmacology for Contemporary Nursing Practice
    To demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge, understanding and application of the principles of pharmacology and medicine therapeutics in the management of care.
  • Contemporary Approaches to Mental Health Care
    To enable students to critically analyse a range of contemporary therapeutic interventions employed within mental health nursing practice.
  • Transforming Care in Nursing
    To consolidate students’ knowledge and ability to synthesise the evidence base and lead, change and improve an aspect of service quality within their scope of professional practice.
  • Part 3 Practice Assessment (Year 2)
    Prepare students for their placements in part 3 of the programme in terms of health and safety of themselves and others, and the people in their care.

Attend an Open Day at Cumbria

An Open Day is your opportunity to explore one of 5 campuses, meet your lecturers, and find out how the University of Cumbria could become your new home.

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