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Overview

Our MSc Mental Health Nursing (Pre-registration) is an exciting, innovative two year pre-registration Adult Nursing course. It is the first of its kind in Scotland that is underpinned by Masters' level education. This will enable you to become a highly educated nurse with longer term potential for roles in areas such as

  • management
  • leadership
  • consultancy
  • educational
  • research

Our course will also prepare you for professional registration, with key components including the delivery of:

  • person-centred care
  • compassionate care
  • values-based care
  • patient safety agenda
  • professional legal and ethical issues

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Professional Approval and Accreditation

Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Upon graduating you will be eligible to apply for professional registration within your specific field.

Placement Opportunities

Practice learning experiences are available in one of five West of Scotland health boards:

  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Highland (Argyle & Bute)

as well as the NHS Golden Jubilee National Hospital and The State Hospital.

You will experience the 24*7 continuum of care which represents contemporary healthcare delivery, enhancing your clinical skills and integrating theory with practice.

Top 10

in UK for Teaching Quality for Nursing (The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

90%

Overall student satisfaction amongst UWS postgraduate students (iGraduate Student Barometer 2017-18)

86%

Overall Satisfaction of UWS Pre-registration Mental Health Nursing students (National Student Survey 2018)

The Future of Dementia Care

Here at UWS our nursing students and staff are playing a key role in developing the future of dementia care.

There are currently 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia and this figure is expected to rise to over 1 million by 2025.

By focusing on experimental learning, we make sure that you will be rights focused, confident and compassionate when dealing with this condition.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate & Post-experience Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

You must:

  • possess an appropriate degree in a biological, health, social science, nursing or related subject
  • possess an appropriate mathematics qualification. Typically accepted qualifications are SQA Standard Grade Credit, SQA Intermediate 2, SQA National 5 or GCSE at C, or above. Equivalent qualifications accepted. A numeracy test will be provided for applicants who do not posses an appropriate mathematics qualification
  • provide a personal/employer reference
  • provide an academic reference and formal university transcript
  • undertake successful personal interview, health screening and Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme screening

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Our MSc Mental Health Nursing course has three parts containing a mixture of theory and practice core modules. There are three 20 credit modules in Part 1 and 2 with Part 3 consisting of a 60 credit theory/practice dissertation module.

A recognised innovative feature of our course is the approach of clinical simulation used for skills demonstration, practice, and development throughout the course which allows you to practise skills in a safe, realistic environment.

Part 1 - PgCert

The PgCert comprises the following core modules:

  • Foundations of Nursing (core, 20 credits)
  • Nursing Values in Practice (core, 20 credits)
  • The Nursing Profession (core, 20 credits)

In order to meet the NMC standards (NMC, 2010) students must successfully complete all theory and practice elements of Part 1 before progressing to Part 2.

This equates to students having met NMC Progression Point 1 Criteria together with 60 credits at SCQF Level 11. Any student not meeting these requirements will incur a period of programme interruption and will be supported to complete Part 1 in line with the University Assessment Regulations.

Professional Requirements

The NMC has identified skills and professional behaviours that a student must demonstrate by the first progression point. These criteria must normally be achieved during the students Practice Learning Experiences.

These criteria cover:

  • Safety, safeguarding and protection of people of all ages, their carers and their families
  • Professional values, expected attitudes and the behaviours that must be shown towards people, their carers, their families, and others

Achievement of Part 1 NMC Progression Point Criteria also include:

  • Completion of Part 1 NMC practice hours
  • Completion of safeMedicate™ (100% Pass)
  • Evidence of progression and achievement of the NMC Essential Skills Clusters
  • Pass Practice Learning Experience clinical assessments in PLE 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3

Academic Requirements

  • 60 credits at SCQF Level 11

Any student not meeting these requirements will incur a period of programme interruption and will be supported to complete Part 1 in line with the University Assessment Regulations.

Students meeting the academic progression criteria will be entitled to a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Studies if exiting the programme prior to completion. The PgCert Health Studies award is academic and carries no professional recognition from the NMC.

Part 2 - PgDip

Successful completion of the PgCert allows you to proceed to the PgDip, which consists of the additional following core module:

  • Mental Health Nursing Practice (core, 20 credits)
  • Contemporary Mental Health (core, 20 credits)
  • Working with Vulnerability (core, 20 credits)

In order to meet the NMC standards (NMC, 2010), students must successfully complete all theory and practice elements of Part 2 before progressing to Part 3. This equates to students having met the NMC Progression Point 2 Criteria together with 120 academic credits at SCQF Level 11. Any student not meeting these requirements will incur a period of programme interruption and will be supported to complete Part 2 in line with the University Assessment Regulations.

Professional Requirements

The NMC has identified skills and professional behaviours that a student must demonstrate by the second progression point. These criteria must normally be achieved during the students Practice Learning Experiences.

These criteria cover:

  • Working more independently, with less direct supervision, in a safe and increasingly confident manner
  • Demonstrating potential to work autonomously, making the most of opportunities to extend knowledge, skills and practice

Achievement of Part 2 NMC Progression Point Criteria also include:

  • Completion of Part 2 NMC practice hours
  • Ongoing evidence of progression and achievement of the NMC Essential Skills Clusters
  • Pass Practice Learning Experience clinical assessments in PLE 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3

Academic Requirements

  • 120 credits at SCQF Level 11

Any student not meeting these requirements will incur a period of programme interruption and will be supported to complete Part 2 in line with the University Assessment Regulations.

Students meeting the academic progression criteria will be entitled to a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Health Studies if exiting the programme prior to completion. The PgDip Health Studies award is academic and carries no professional recognition from the NMC.

Part 3 - MSc

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's module:

  • Research in Practice

Award of MSc Adult Nursing

Students who have met the NMC Standards (NMC, 2010) and 180 credits at SCQF Level 11 will progress to Award of MSc Adult Nursing and be eligible to enter the NMC Register as an adult nurse.

Any student not meeting these requirements will incur a period of programme interruption and will be supported to complete Part 3 in line with the University Assessment Regulations.

Professional Requirements

Achievement of NMC Standards for Part 3 and includes:

  • Completion of Part 3 NMC practice hours
  • Evidence of achievement of the NMC Essential Skills Clusters
  • Pass Practice Learning Experience clinical assessments in PLE 3.1 and PLE 3.2

Sign Off Mentor has declared achievement of the required NMC Standards of Competence (NMC, 2010)

Academic Requirements

180 credits at SCQF Level 11

Award of Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Mental Health Nursing

Students who have met the NMC Standards (NMC, 2010) and 120 credits at SCQF Level 11 will progress to the Award of Post Graduate Diploma Mental Health Nursing and be eligible to enter the NMC Register as a mental health nurse. Any student not meeting these requirements will incur a period of programme interruption and will be supported to complete Part 3 in line with the University Assessment Regulations.

Professional Requirements

Achievement of NMC Standards for Part 3 and includes:

  • Completion of Part 3 NMC practice hours
  • Evidence of achievement of the NMC Essential Skills Clusters
  • Pass Practice Learning Experience clinical assessments in PLE 3.1 and PLE 3.2
  • Sign Off Mentor has declared achievement of the required NMC Standards of Competence (NMC, 2010)

Academic Requirements

120 credits at SCQF Level 11

Award of MSc Health

Students who accrue 180 credits at SCQF Level 11 but do not achieve the NMC Standards for Part 3 will be entitled to the award of MSc Health. The award is academic and carries no professional recognition from the NMC.

Award of Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Health Studies

Students who accrue 120 credits at SCQF Level 11 and either do not achieve the NMC Standards for Part 3 or do not complete the programme will be entitled to a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Studies. The award is academic and carries no professional recognition from the NMC.

Teaching & Assessment

Our ongoing assessment strategy aims to support learning and has been designed to assess your knowledge of nursing at SCQF Level 11. The strategy also ensures that the professional requirements for competency to enter the NMC professional register are achieved.

LEARNING AND TEACHING

  • Scheduled learning: 14%
  • Independent study: 32%
  • Placement: 54%

ASSESSMENT

  • Exam: 11%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 89% (includes clinical placements for Part 1/Part 2/Part 3)

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

MSc Mental Health Nursing Course Structure

Career Prospects

Jobs

Upon graduation you will be fit-for-practice and will contribute to the leadership of a competent, dynamic workforce. You will be suitably equipped to secure employment within a range of healthcare areas.

Further Study

On completion of our course, you may wish to consider further study in a variety of academic and clinical pathways. The following are an example of some further study/progression routes that are available:-

  • Master Degree by Research (MRes)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Professional Doctorate
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner
  • MSc Mental Health & Education
  • PG Cert Child Protection
Having completed the MSc I am now embarking upon my PhD. This was one of the most rewarding and challenging times of my life, and it opened up a world of opportunities. I graduated not only with mental health nursing registration but additionally with a Masters degree.

Aisling McBride, Mental Health Nursing graduate

For more information on undertaking a career in Mental Health Nursing click here.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

Health: Pre-Registration Master's (Scottish campuses) 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£0 Fees paid by the Scottish Government Health Directorate

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£7,300 per year of study

Channel Island & Isle of Man

£7,300 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£14,000 Cost per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Adult/Mental Health Nursing - Additional Costs

Uniforms & Placements

Student Nurse Uniforms are provided.

Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme Registration

Successful applicants who gain a place on this course will need to register on the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. You will need to maintain your membership throughout the duration of your studies.

The fee for joining the scheme is £59.

Visit the Disclosure Scotland website for more information on the PVG scheme.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

Applying for the MSc

To apply for this MSc you must apply through UCAS. This conversion MSc is classified as an undergraduate course for the purposes of application/admissions even though you must have at least a Bachelors/undergraduate degree to apply.

How to apply

All applicants

All UK, EU and International (non-EU/non-EEA) applicants for this programme should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

The on-time application deadline for 2020/21 entry is 15 January 2020, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2020, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.

Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.

Apply on UCAS

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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