University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

MSc Nursing/Registered Nurse: Mental Health Nursing

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Course summary

Course information 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. 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, 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) Year one • Concepts, Theories and Practice in Professional Nursing • Pathophysiology and Nursing Assessment Across the Lifespan • Advancing Mental Health Across the Healthcare Spectrum • Public Health and Nursing in Communities • Part 1 Practice Assessment (Year 1) • Part 2 Practice Assessment (Year 1) Year two • Pharmacology for Contemporary Nursing Practice • Contemporary Approaches to Mental Health Care • Transforming Care in Nursing • Part 3 Practice Assessment (Year 2)

Assessment method

A full range of assessment methods has been selected in order to enhance student learning and to help students to demonstrate the extent to which they have achieved all the module learning outcomes, and, overall, the programme aims. Each module’s learning outcomes relate to the module assessment item(s). Students have an opportunity across the programme to self-reflect on their progression and their development.These self-reflections contribute to and are evidenced in assessments through a variety of means. Types and methods of assessment will include group seminars and presentations; essays; portfolio of evidence (achievement of clinical competences and written evidence); viva, examination; OSCE/practical skills assessments; map of patient/client experience; reflective essay; community health profile; reflective incident recording; poster presentation; dissertation Modules use formative and summative assessment so that students' progress through a module in a structured and constructive way and build knowledge for practice in a coherent and logical way. Formative assessments are designed so that feedback on the individual student’s performance is provided prior to the submission of the final, summative assessment – though this does not contribute to the final module mark or the credit awarded. The wordage – or equivalent – for both formative and summative assessments is counted towards the whole module assessment wordage.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A degree at 2.2 or above with a minimum of 500 hours of verified hands-on care experience with patients and clients. GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4 or above. Functional Skills at level 2 are accepted. Please note: As this programme commences in April, applicants will be unable to follow the UCAS key dates with regards to accepting a place. All decisions must be made by March 2024.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks



English language requirements

IELTS with a minimum 7 in each element and a minimum of 7 overall.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16400 Year 1

Additional fee information

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MSc Nursing/Registered Nurse: Mental Health Nursing at University of Cumbria - UCAS