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MSc Nursing (Mental Health)

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Full time


2 years

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

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

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

As a mental health nurse you will work in partnership with individuals experiencing mental health difficulties from a wide range of backgrounds and age-groups. Approximately 25% of the population are thought to experience some form of mental health problem at any given time. Mental health nurses are the largest profession working in mental health. You will draw on a core set of values that inform every aspect of your practice. You will learn to: Respect individuals affected by mental health problems Value the aspirations of the individual Offer meaningful choices in evidence based interventions and care Adopt a positive attitude to change and support social inclusion

Why choose this course?

Mental Health nurses have a vital and challenging role in establishing therapeutic relationships with individuals who experience mental health problems. Including: Providing support to families, relatives and carers Responding to changing needs Promoting mental and physical health recovery and general wellbeing This highly specialised branch of nursing focuses on caring and supporting individuals of all age groups suffering from mental problems or mental distress in different care settings including: Individuals’ Homes Inpatient Outpatient General hospitals Community and rehabilitation units You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team including GPs psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, arts therapists and healthcare assistants.

What will I study?

Your time will be split equally (50/50) between classroom based learning and practical placements. You will have the opportunity to link practical experience to theoretical learning and vice versa. Entitlement to apply to enter the professional register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health).


The course entitles you to apply for register as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This opens up a range of fascinating and rewarding career options for both work and advancement in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, community practice, individuals’ homes and rehabilitation units. There are different mental health fields a registered nurse can work and some mental health nursing roles include; Staff Nurse, Community Mental Health Nurse, Crisis Nurse, Nurse Practitioners or Specialists, Modern Matrons and Consultant Nurse. Some individuals advance to become senior managers, researchers and educators. Care, compassion and kindness are that center of safe, effective and personalised care and which future careers are realistic options for an individual depends on their interests, level of education and experience.


This module seeks to enable students to develop their understanding of person-centred, compassionate and recovery-focused mental health nursing practice, through the use of evidence-based research and the analysis of theoretical constructs, perspectives and models of practice. It will help students build upon key professional and ethical principles that support safe interventions in all tiers of mental health service provision. It will provide opportunities for students to critically reflect on the Mental Health Act and the impact this and other legislation has on service user lived experience. Students will learn how to collaboratively work with service users to enhance the effectiveness of mental health nursing care plans through shared decision making. The module will embrace a research informed teaching and active learning approach, providing students with an opportunity to share and discuss research related to the Essentials of Mental Health Nursing Practice.

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Entry requirements

A first degree at Honours level, normally, in a related discipline (life sciences, psychology or the social/ behavioural sciences). Graduate attributes associated with learning and research skills will normally be expected. GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or above (or equivalent). All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interviews, numeracy and literacy test, health screening and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks.

University information

Why choose postgraduate study at Herts? Future Employment: Superb career support with 96.5% of graduates in work within six months of graduating Industry Connections: Links with over 1,700 businesses and industrial placements Course Accreditation: We offer over 40 industry accredited courses Financial Support: 20% postgraduate fee discount for University of Hertfordshire graduates, as well as £11,222 of postgraduate funding...more

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