Mental Health Nursing
Duration & study mode
2 years full-time
Health & Life Sciences
Course starting dates
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
Our course will also prepare you for professional registration, with key components including the delivery of:
You must apply through UCAS for this course as it is classed as an undergraduate Masters course - the UCAS code is BR60 (see Apply section below for more details).
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.
Practice learning experiences are available in one of five West of Scotland health boards:
as well as 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.
in UK for Teaching Quality for Nursing (The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
Overall student satisfaction amongst UWS postgraduate students (iGraduate Student Barometer 2017-18)
Overall Satisfaction of UWS Pre-registration Mental Health Nursing students (National Student Survey 2018)
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.
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.
You should also demonstrate competency in literacy and numeracy*; In terms of Scottish qualifications, Maths* should be at least:
Alternative, equivalent qualifications wil be accepted.
* A numeracy test is provided if you are unable to evidence through qualifications that you do not meet our Maths requirement (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2018).
In addition, you will undertake a selection process, health screening and Protection of Vulnerable Groups screening (agreed with all NHS Board partners).
Further desirable skill pre-application would be:
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)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.
For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:
* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019).
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* 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) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
*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.
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:
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.
The PgCert comprises the following core modules:
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.
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:
Achievement of Part 1 NMC Progression Point Criteria also include:
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.
Successful completion of the PgCert allows you to proceed to the PgDip, which consists of the additional following core module:
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.
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:
Achievement of Part 2 NMC Progression Point Criteria also include:
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.
Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's module:
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.
Achievement of NMC Standards for Part 3 and includes:
Sign Off Mentor has declared achievement of the required NMC Standards of Competence (NMC, 2010)
180 credits at SCQF Level 11
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.
Achievement of NMC Standards for Part 3 and includes:
120 credits at SCQF Level 11
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.
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.
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.
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
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.
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:-
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.
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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:
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.
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.
Student Nurse Uniforms are provided.
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.
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.
Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. See below for more details on how to apply including the UCAS code for ths degree.
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 2021/22 entry is 29 January 2021, 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 2021, 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.
UCAS codes for Nursing & Midwifery Master's:
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.
An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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