Nursing (Pre-Registration) Mental Health MSc




By learning from experienced lecturers using state-of-the-art learning environments and real life practice settings, you could make a difference to people’s everyday lives. If you are interested in caring for and helping those with mental health related issues, then this course maybe ideal for you.

Start date

7 January 2019


2 years full-time

Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472561

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).


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.

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.
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme (no equivalents are accepted).
  • Evidence of completing 550 hours of theory and 325 hours of practice in a healthcare setting, which is a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirement, in order to demonstrate that you can achieve all the required hours due to the intensive nature of the course. If you are successfully shortlisted on the course you will be required to complete the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) NMC template.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 7.0 overall with no element lower than 7.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

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.

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.

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).

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught by a team of lecturers who have a diverse range of experience within mental healthcare, who are able to demonstrate the latest techniques and procedures whilst supporting you as you put these skills into practice. A range of teaching and learning strategies are used to suit different learning styles. Our virtual learning environment and state-of-the-art simulation equipment aims to provide you with everything you need to be successful in theory and practice.

Throughout the course there are various opportunities for you to engage with interprofessional learning and multidisciplinary working. You will have the opportunity to attend research conferences, which involve other health professional students. You will also be taught through seminars, group work, practical experience, simulation, role play, computer based learning and lectures. You will be assessed in a variety of ways written coursework, practice, professional simulated exams, case presentations, competency based assessments and examinations, through which you will demonstrate your in-depth knowledge and understanding.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

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. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  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.

*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.

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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.

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

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

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