University of Huddersfield

Nursing Pre-Registration Mental Health MSc

This course provides the opportunity for those who have studied an undergraduate degree to undertake a two-year full-time Master's course and upon successful completion receive eligibility for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The course helps you to develop the skills required, in order to become a confident, competent, caring and compassionate mental health nurse. Using a person-centred approach you will learn how to facilitate recovery of service users in various settings, including those who are acutely ill, those in rehabilitation services and those 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.

  • The course will assist you to develop both practical and theoretical skills, in order to achieve your full potential as a child nurse and meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards. These include professional values, communication and interpersonal skills, nursing practice and decision making, and leadership, management and team working.
  • This challenging and intensive course comprises 50% theory and 50% practice, where you will undertake placements in a range of settings. The course consists of three stages, each comprising of a number of compulsory modules, where you will have the opportunity to study alongside students from the other fields of nursing.
  • You will be taught by Lecturers who are committed and passionate, as well as practice supervisors and assessors who are research active and have extensive and varied experience in mental health nursing.
  • Teaching takes place in innovative and contemporary teaching and learning environments, including a fully equipped simulated ward.
  • Student support will be given from personal tutors and year leaders, as well as academic learning support and experienced practice supervisors and assessors.

Being a mental health nurse requires patience, empathy and listening skills. You will have the opportunity to develop intellectual, personal and professional skills required for practice.

Entry Requirements

You must have the following:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) and work experience relevant to the programme to be followed. Applicants with an Honours degree and considerable relevant experience may also be considered if they can demonstrate their ability to study at Masters level.
  • Completed 12 years of general education
  • GCSE English Language or Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme or equivalent.
  • If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Career Prospects

Nothing can really replicate working in the real-world, that’s why the course comprises of 50% practice, which is essential in your development. During the course you will undertake a number of compulsory practice learning experiences in a diverse range of health and social care settings. These will include statutory, private and voluntary both within inpatient and community services. They provide the opportunity for you to experience person-centred care, and work as part of a caring and committed multi-disciplinary team.

Placements may include caring for the adult within acute inpatient and forensic settings (low and medium secure services), and caring for the older person within inpatient and community setting. You may also experience rehabilitation services for the working age adult including inpatient and community services, as well as specialist services such as community child and adolescent services, substance misuse and prison services. You may also experience care of the severely mentally ill within forensic secure placements and also specialist services such as substance misuse, child and adolescent and challenging behaviour services.

You will undertake 622.5 hours in stage 1, 647.5 hours in stage 2 and 722.5 hours in stage 3. Throughout these practical experiences you will be supervised and assessed by a qualified nurse or other suitably qualified professional who will provide expert help and advice if required. To allow you the broadest professional experience possible, practice experiences are generally offered across South and West Yorkshire and beyond, covering 24 hour care including evening, weekend and occasional night shifts.

Course Details

Stage 1

Becoming a professional - Mental Health Nursing
Introduction to Mental Health Nursing
Nursing Practice stage 1
Understanding knowledge and evidence for nursing

Stage 2

Developing as a professional
Developing critical knowledge and skills in Mental Health Nursing
Developing research knowledge and evidence for Mental Health Nursing practice
Nursing Practice stage 2

Stage 3

Being a professional
Enhancing knowledge and skills in Mental Health Nursing
Nursing Practice 3
Using evidence and research to enhance Mental Health Nursing practice

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