MSc Mental Health Nursing (Pre-registration)

How do you help a paranoid woman who cannot leave her house? Persuade a man to take medication that he believes is poison? Calm a service user who has attacked another patient?

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Overview

Applications for January 2020 start must be received by the University by midday on 4 November 2019.

Mental health and wellbeing is a growing health concern for our society. During this accelerated two-year course, you’ll develop the expertise to manage both the physical and psychological needs of patients.

In addition to time spent in practice placement, you’ll have a mix of simulated and technology-enhanced learning, university attendance in shared groups, field-specific groups, or interdisciplinary learning.

Some of the topics you’ll explore include the ethics of medicine management, recovery approaches, and intervention therapies for substance abuse. You’ll also learn practical skills in conflict resolution, how to manage challenging behaviour, and how to safeguard vulnerable patients.

At Manchester Met, all of our teaching team in the Department of Nursing have been practising nurses, health visitors or advanced practitioners at some point in their careers. Some of their specialist areas include nutrition, stroke rehabilitation, acute and emergency care, palliative and cancer care, dementia, and mental health.

Most of our academic staff still practice and work shifts in their specialist areas, alongside their roles at Manchester Met. This helps to make sure that the skills they teach you in the classroom are real, relevant and up-to-date with current NHS standards.

To fund your postgraduate pre-registration nursing degree, you'll be able to access standard student loans in line with undergraduate funding for pre-registration courses. Find out more about funding your MSc Mental Nursing (Pre-registration). 

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

When you graduate, you’ll gain a masters degree (MSc) and eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

You might choose to work with certain groups, such as young people or offenders, or focus on a particular issue such as eating disorders.

You will often work as part of a multidisciplinary team with psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs, social workers and other health professionals.

You may work in a variety of settings including community healthcare centres, specialist units and secure residential units or with your patients in their own homes.

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Entry requirements

All applicants must have achieved a minimum of a first degree (2:2 or above), a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including Mathematics, English Language, Science, and provide evidence of IT skills.

We will accept GCSE Science, Biology, Additional Science and Applied Science. BTEC Level 2 Science (Pass) is an acceptable equivalent. GCSE Maths qualification C/4 or above or equivalent i.e. Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics or Manchester Met’s Mathematics Equivalency Test are accepted. We will only consider one equivalent (as outlined above), i.e. either Mathematics or Science.

Applicants must evidence recent study within the last five years. Plus, evidence of relevant, practical experience through the pre-entry portfolio (detailed below).

International applicants must have achieved an overall score of 7 in the academic version of IELTS. You should not achieve less than the equivalent of an IELTS academic score of 7.0 in each of the sections of reading, listening and speaking and 6.5 in the section of writing as an alternative to GCSE English Language.

All successful applicants will complete a Rehabilitation of Offenders form, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Occupational Health Clearance.

Interview attendance

All applications are considered by the admission team on an individual basis; consideration throughout the application process and during interview is also given to relevant additional educational achievements, life experience and transferable skills, alongside references, personal statements (utilising an annually reviewed checklist in accordance with values based recruitment criteria set by the NHS) and the overall interview score.

Personal statement

Your personal statement is expected to demonstrate an insight into your chosen field of Nursing, including an understanding of care environments and current issues in contemporary nursing or health care. You should describe the concept of a professional attitude, effective communication skills, good time-management skills, and an awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses.   An awareness of the NMC Code and the vision for the training of the future nurse and how this can support the delivery of high quality person centred care should be included. You should convey your ability to work both independently and as part of a team and demonstrate motivation and a commitment to preparing to study as a nurse, demonstrating an ability to solve problems and to think creatively in conveying a capacity for leadership and how this is important in the nursing profession.

Pre-entry Portfolio: mandatory prior study and relevant experience

What is the portfolio and why do I need it?

As this course is an accelerated two-year programme, in order to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) requirement of 4600 total minimum hours for registration, successful applicants must complete 1000 hours of both theory and practice prior to entry on the course, in addition to the above entry requirements. The 1000 hours are to be documented and evidenced in your pre-entry portfolio.

What does the portfolio consist of?

The pre-entry portfolio amounts to 500 hours of care related experience (practice) and 500 hours of academic study (theory) associated with the programme outcomes.
For your practice-based experience, you can undertake paid or voluntary work experience in a variety of care and health settings. For independent theoretical learning, we will provide candidates with access to online learning resources following your interview.

For full guidance on gaining relevant experience and what evidence you’ll need to provide, please see the portfolio guidance document.

When should I complete and submit the portfolio?

Applications can be made through UCAS prior to the completion of the portfolio and any offer will be conditional on the completion of the assessed portfolio guidance.

Candidates will be required to complete the portfolio (1000 hours) prior to enrolment. Completion will be verified by the Health Admissions team with the support of the programme team.

What happens once I have completed the portfolio?

Once you have completed the portfolio, scanned, and uploaded your evidence to support it you should contact Health Admissions so they can advise you as to the next steps. An academic panel will assess your portfolio of evidence, along with involvement of the external examiner for the programme. The criteria that will be assessed will be based upon:

The academic admissions team will ensure candidates are provided with pre-entry information regarding the portfolio at the application stage. This will clearly outline the requirements to meet the 1000 hours of prior theoretical and practice based learning and provide the candidates with sufficient opportunities to meet this admission criteria.

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Course details

Our course starts on Monday 6 January 2020.

We’ve designed our two-year course around the core values of the NHS constitution so that you understand what’s required in caring for and supporting vulnerable patients.

Nursing is a challenging profession, both mentally and physically, which carries a great deal of responsibility. Mental health nurses care for people across the lifespan including young adults and others with acute and long-term illnesses in a range of settings both NHS and non-NHS. They work as part of a wider multi-agency team including police and the justice system, social work, social care and a range of other support services providing a range of opportunities for employment.

This course specialises in caring for and supporting individuals with mental health issues in a variety of settings, including hospitals, the community and with independent and voluntary organisations. You will learn how to assess the needs of the patient, communicate effectively with professional colleagues, and provide sensitive support for the patient and their families. You will also develop leadership and management skills required to motivate and supervise others.

Practical sessions usually take place in our Clinical Simulation Suite, which features ward bays equipped with the same technology and patient support systems you’ll find in hospital settings.

In your first year, you'll cover the following units:

Core units

  • Person-Centred Nursing
  • Local and Global Health
  • Enquiry and Evaluation
  • Assessing and Planning Person-Centred Nursing
  • Resilience and Relationships
  • Delivering and Evaluating Person-Centred Nursing

For the full unit descriptions, click read more about this year of study below.

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Core Units

Person Centred Nursing

On this unit, we'll teach you the relevant content to enable you to understand the history and theories of person centred nursing.
You'll learn fundamental communication skills required when working with and delivering care to a diverse population. We'll teach you preparation for practice skills, enabling you to be prepared for practice and focus on how person centred nursing might work in practice, while adhering to policies which might impact it (including the NMC Code (2018), consent and legal issues which are field specific). You'll explore the importance of safeguarding, identifying issues around safeguarding and how to deal with them. You'll be offered a formative assessment ahead of each summative assessment in line with University strategy.

Local and Global Health

In this unit, you'll focus on the causal factors, implications and multi-agency responses to local and global health issues. You'll develop a critical understanding of the wider determinants of health and wellbeing and the influence of health systems and policy makers on health outcomes. And you'll explore health promotion strategies which influence and support individuals, groups and communities to develop their own strengths and abilities to protect their health and wellbeing. You'll be offered a formative assessment ahead of each summative assessment in line with University strategy.

Enquiry and Evaluation

In this unit, you'll explore applied research methods and how critical thinking skills can be developed in transferring evidence to practice. You'll examine evidence to inform decision-making and focus on examples in health screening programmes and end of life care with particular reference to wider social and family networks.

Assessing and Planning Person-Centred Nursing

In this unit, you'll focus on the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that affect person-centred assessing and planning of the individual’s holistic health and social care needs in nursing. You'll use evidence from clinical practice in the unit assessment.

Resilience and Relationships

Through this unit, we'll enable you to demonstrate and effectively explore professional practice issues, specifically in field specific nursing.  You'll critically examine communications skills, therapeutic engagement and working within an interprofessional team.  You'll use self-awareness and skills of reflective practice to inform the development of emotional intelligence and resilience.

Delivering and Evaluating Person-Centred Nursing

In this unit, you'll focus on the assessment, delivery and evaluation of evidence-based, person-centred, health and social care in nursing. You'll develop  knowledge and skills in managing, coordinating and critically evaluating person-centred interventions. You'll use evidence from clinical practice in the unit assessment.

In your first year, you'll cover the following units:

Core units

  • Fieldcraft Skills
  • Leading and Improving Care
  • Supervised Independent Study Project

For the full unit descriptions, click read more about this year of study below.

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Fieldcraft Skills

In this unit, we'll focus on developing your knowledge and skills in medicines management in accordance with professional and regulatory standards. This theoretical unit supports the your safe and competent practice demonstrated in the placement setting.

Leading and Improving Care

In this unit, you'll critically reflect upon the overall leadership and management of care in a contemporary healthcare system whilst recognising the fundamental challenges in improving care for patients, families and caregivers. In addition, you'll explore the principles of enhanced communication strategies inclusive of the concepts of human factors that influence care delivery. In order to lead and improve care, you'll engage in the models of clinical governance, organisational change, public protection, concepts of risk and quality improvement frameworks whilst ensuring partnership, collaboration and interagency working across all relevant sectors.

Supervised Independent Study Project

In this unit, you'll build upon your year one Project Proposal from the Enquiry and Evaluation unit, turning it into a critical piece of work which relates to your chosen field of nursing. We ensure the content of this unit is contemporary, and responsive to current policy and practice developments.  You'll learn how an initial project proposal is developed and discover different options to develop your knowledge in a certain field or speciality.

Additional information about this course

Health checks: You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment which will include the consideration of appropriate immunisations.

Travel costs to appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University.

Professional Suitability: students on programmes leading to professional qualifications are required to adhere to professional standards and codes of practice during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. Students will be briefed about the requirements at the start of their studies.

Course specific regulations: Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require students to achieve results that demonstrate their ability to practise safely. There are therefore some exceptions to the standard University Assessment Regulations for those students, for example limitations on resits and on compensation of failed marks.

Placement options

Placements are normally allocated and arranged by the University in partnership with local health and social care providers. A range of practice opportunities will be provided to students to work towards attaining the required 1800 hours required by the regulatory body for registration. This normally equates to half of the course.

Department of Nursing

Our Department of Nursing is a large team of specialists, covering many aspects of nursing and healthcare, offering real insight and experience of professional practice.

The department is passionate and enthusiastic about helping students achieve their goals, working to the mission statement of not just providing academic qualifications, but equipping students with the tools to become professionals.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

Footwear suitable for comfortable all-day walking/standing in clinical workplace, approximately £100 or as per individual choice. NHS Trusts require shoes (not trainers) that meet health and safety requirements. Advice will be given on what to purchase.

Full uniform is provided free of charge when the course commences. If students wish to replace or obtain additional items of uniform throughout the programme (e.g. because of damage/no longer fits) then they order and pay for this directly with the supplier. There are certain exceptions to this, e.g. during pregnancy.

Books and IT: All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop campus printing costs from 5p/page; laptop £300 (student choice) and up to £100/year for books/printing (2018 prices).

Placement Costs

£2 to £12 a day whilst on placement (costs will vary considerably). We endeavour to allow for a travelling time within 90 minutes each way therefore you will need to budget for travel costs to your placement. Travel costs to placement will vary considerably depending on where you live, the location of your placement and how you choose to travel. Information on public transport costs within Greater Manchester can be found at www.tfgm.com. All NHS Trusts charge for car parking.

You may choose to go overseas for your elective placement and any costs associated with this will be yours.

Professional Costs

Up to £135 depending on your status. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details - http://www.mmu.ac.uk/dbs/


DBS Checks: Before starting on your course, you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10. If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must where this is possible obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. Returning students, who have already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and who need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details and for current DBS fees: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/dbs.


NMC registration is currently £120, paid at the end of the course to the NMC subject to successful completion and eligibility for registration. See www.nmc.org.uk for current registration rates.

Other Costs

You will be provided with an electronic tablet for use throughout the programme, this will require insurance cover. You will be responsible for replacement should you lose it. You will be asked to pay £12 for a sign language course – Makaton, and £9 for a manual for the Acute Illness Management Course as these are from an external provider. Occasionally there are extra opportunities to attend optional events or community engagement activities this may incur costs for travel or parking.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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How to apply

You must apply for this course through UCAS.

Applications for January 2020 start must be received by the University by midday on 4 November 2019.

UCAS code(s): B743

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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