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MN Masters in Nursing (Mental Health)

MN Masters in Nursing (Mental Health)

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Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MNurs - Master of Nursing

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Mental Health Nursing (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Shape the future of mental health nursing with this Masters programme which includes registration.


The Masters in Nursing (MN) is a programme designed for graduates which enables you to achieve a post-graduate Masters qualification alongside gaining your nursing registration. The MN underpins all aspects of nursing practice and leads to eligibility for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional register in Mental Health.

It is a full-time, three year post-graduate degree which aims to provide you with a range of learning, teaching and assessment experiences that will enable you to become a critically reflective postgraduate nurse with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of your respective field of nursing.

Throughout this programme you will be in University studying theory (50%) and then have the opportunity to engage in clinical-based learning (50%) in a variety of health and social care settings anywhere within the Lothian and Borders area; with the potential that students will have at least one placement in the Borders.

Integrated into this programme is the opportunity to engage in a mobility practice placement outwith NHS Lothian and Borders or internationally, and attend conferences and workshops.

Course details

Nurses today need to be able to demonstrate competence in nursing care across the patient’s lifespan. To deliver this, they need to be able to work flexibly, inter-professionally and collaboratively in a dynamic and ever-changing health and social care arena.

Our nursing programme takes account of the key drivers in health and social care at local, national and international levels and is developed in partnership with our clinical partners, students, service users and carers.

During each year of the programme you will learn alongside colleagues from all fields of nursing (Child Health, Adult Health, and Learning Disability) and will work with peers from the Masters in Nursing (MN) and the Bachelor Nursing (BN) programme. The course is designed so that you will acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding which gives you specific skills and competences to work within a variety of health and social care settings. As you progress through the programme there is increasing field specialisation which enables you to deliver high quality, evidence based, and person-centred care across a range of care settings.

On completion, this course will have supported you to become a creative, autonomous, innovative and dynamic nurse with an excellent grounding in nursing theory and practice incorporating current developments within your chosen field of nursing.


Edinburgh Napier University is the largest provider of nursing professionals in Scotland. This MN programme has the potential to deliver post-graduate nurses who have excellent career prospects across hospitals and local communities, voluntary organisations and the private sector.

As new registrants, you will initially take up band 5 posts. After consolidation of your practice there are range of opportunities available to you and it is anticipated that as a critically reflective practitioner with excellent leadership skills you will be well prepared to consider applying for roles (see below for examples) nationally or internationally within the NHS, Social care or in the private sector:

  • Lecturer in nursing
  • Research Nurse
  • Senior Nursing positions
  • Lead clinician for a charity
  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Consultant.


Foundations of health and well-being (Bridging) 1B
Nursing Practice 1 
Nursing Practice 2 (Mental health)
Developing Professionalism {Masters} 2B
Developing Professionalism {Bridging} 2A
Foundations of health and well-being {Masters} 1A
Effective Interagency working in healthcare {Masters} 4A
Nursing Practice 3 (Mental health)
Essential Theory and Skills for Mental health Practice {Masters} 3A 
Effective Interagency working in healthcare {Masters} 4B
Essential Theory and Skills for Mental health Practice {Masters} 3B
Nursing Practice 4 (Mental health)
Nursing Practice 5 (Mental health)
Critical Perspectives of Mental health {Masters} 5A
Critical Perspectives of Mental health {Masters} 5B
Effective Leadership in Healthcare {Masters} 6 Dissertation
Nursing Practice 6 (Mental health)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a First degree or Honours degree. In addition applicants must also have Higher/A Level English grade C, Higher/A Level Biology/Human Biology grade C and National 5/GCSE grade C/4 in Maths, or equivalent.