Nursing (Pre-Registration) Mental Health MSc

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

Start date

6 January 2020

Duration

2 years full-time

Places available (subject to change)

15

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473015

About the course

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.

This will also help you to develop critical and analytical skills to become a competent, caring, compassionate, courageous and committed registered 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.

This course provides the opportunity for those who have studied at undergraduate degree level in a health related subject, to undertake a two year fulltime Master’s course and upon successful completion receive eligibility for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse for mental health.

Clinical placements will be undertaken throughout the course in a range of primary and secondary care settings, where you will focus on caring for individuals across the lifespan.

This course is currently regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Course detail

Foundations of Nursing

This module introduces you to the foundations of nursing. You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the purpose and function of the professional body for nursing, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and consider the current legal, ethical and moral frameworks which underpin nursing. You will also explore the psychological and sociological influences which impact on care and critically consider the ways in which safe, effective person centred care can be delivered through effective partnership working. Assessment will involve two pieces of coursework, where you will deliver an oral presentation based on a patient/client from practice and produce a written case study.

Nursing Practice 1

This module is composed of practice and theory elements. For the theoretical element you will have the opportunity to develop your professional knowledge and skills relevant to your specific field of nursing. Assessment involves undertaking an anatomy, physiology and applied pathophysiology exam. Within the practice element you will have the opportunity to undertake placements and apply what you have learnt in theory to your experiential learning. You will be assessed through a Practice Assessment Document (PAD) and Ongoing Achievement and Record of Skills Log (OARSL). The module will be linked to the relevant skills clusters (NMC, 2010).

Entry requirements

You must have the following:

  • An Honours degree (2:1) or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed. On occasions we may accept a Honours degree (2:2) with substantial relevant experience
  • 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
  • Applicants are required to successfully demonstrate that they have completed 550 hours of theory through studying/reading and 325 hours of practice before they start the course using Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) (Nursing and Midwifery Council [NMC] requirement). A broad range of experience can be used for this including observations and reading. Your experience and learning may have occurred outside a typical ‘practice’ area but is still applicable, for example you may have cared for a family member or a friend and as a result observed different aspects of nursing/care on an informal basis. If you are successful at interview support will be provided on how to complete this document face-to-face, by phone or on-line

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. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

If you hold any other qualifications which are not listed, please contact us before applying for this course.

Offers will be subject to an interview, an Occupational Health assessment and references. Please note all the information provided in support of your application may be checked and must be verifiable as a true record.

You also need satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), occupational health clearances and APL (NMC) evidence prior to registration on the course. We arrange these as part of the application process. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year and at the end of the course. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination.

In addition to the accreditation of prior learning (APL) required for entry to the course, you may also be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards the academic credit on this course. Please note that the course you are applying for is regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) which allows a maximum of 50% of credits for the award to be conferred through accreditation of prior learning.

Please note: there are a limited number of places on the course and the demand is generally high, therefore we may not interview all applicants who meet the required entry criteria due to this competitive process.

Placements


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 mentored 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.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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