Modules in the first year
The first year of the Mental Health Nursing Masters course is designed to develop your understanding of holistic healthcare and nursing practice with people across the lifespan in each of the fields of practice. You will share learning with students from all fields of practice and undertake placements and simulated practice experience with children, adults and the elderly. As well as examining these areas through study and simulated practical skills, you will gain invaluable practical experience by completing a number of placements which expose you to different populations and fields of nursing practice.
You'll study the principles of nursing practice and nursing skills underpinned by relevant biological, pharmacological, psychological and social sciences and will gain an appreciation of the health and social needs of people and their families. You will also study core clinical skills and develop your academic and digital skills in order to gain an understanding of professional practice. The generic nature of our first year means that it might be possible to switch fields of practice before progressing to your second year, although this is subject to availability of places.
- Essential Nursing Care - 40 credits
- Principles of Nursing - 40 credits
- Health and Wellbeing - 40 credits
Modules in the second year
In the second year of your Mental Health Nursing course, you will study clinical modules specific to your field of practice. In addition, you will study core modules which support your development as a nurse, these include the study of health promotion and healthcare in a social economic and political environment. You will undertake three clinical placements specific to mental health nursing in both hospital and community settings in your second year.
To progress onto year 3 of the Master of Nursing programme, you will need to have achieved an average of 55% or above in your assessed work at this stage. If you have passed all elements but your average grade is below 55% you will be transferred to the final year of the Bachelor of Nursing programme in order to complete your studies and achieve eligibility for nursing registration.
- Promoting Health and Self-Management - 20 credits
- Clinical Decision Making - 30 credits
- Evaluating Nursing Care in Mental Health - 30 credits
- Therapeutic Nursing in Mental Health Care - 40 credits
Modules in the third year
The third year of the Mental Health Nursing course will focus on your academic development in research knowledge, leadership and on furthering career development. You will be able to explore potential nursing careers including a negotiated experience of your choice, either overseas or in the United Kingdom (UK). This aspect of the MNurs enables you to experience difference between clinical, academic and other nursing careers as well as potential for exposure to different healthcare systems. This will give you an understanding of the importance of leadership in nursing at a national and international level, its impact and potential for influencing health through leadership and/or research at a national and international level. Your experience could include for example, shadowing a relevant manager or management role, working in a research or clinical academic team or a short internship in a national or international healthcare or nursing related organisation or other related workplace setting. You could also be facilitated to consider a longer international or Erasmus placement.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake a 4 week elective experience, either overseas or in the United Kingdom (UK). In the UK electives can be arranged in hospices, prisons and other specialist units. International electives can be in health care settings in any continent of the world. Examples of countries where students have visited recently include Australia, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Thailand, Tanzania, Greece, Canada and the USA. The elective enables you to experience differences in culture, clinical practice, healthcare systems and languages, which will benefit you as a Registered Nurse when managing care for people from different backgrounds and also gives an understanding of nursing as a global profession. It gives you the opportunity to further develop your self-confidence and organisational skills, through arranging your own elective experience with the support and guidance of academic staff.
You will also spend a further four weeks in a home placement related to mental health nursing in order to to enable continuation of your clinical nursing skills. You'll further develop your knowledge of pathophysiology to underpin the clinical assessment and diagnosis module in year four.
A research governance module is taken at Masters level and will prepare you for the ethical study and practice of clinical nursing research in year four.
- Pathophysiology for Nurses - 20 credits
- Research and Improvement Methods for Practice - 20 credits
- Research Methods - 40 credits
- Negotiated Career Development for Nursing - 40 credits
Modules in the fourth year
Year four is studied completely at Masters level and there is a strong focus on the development of research and leadership as well as the transition of your nursing practice to becoming a registered nurse in the mental health field of practice. You will work in student teams with a relevant clinical academic and with practice partners to refine and develop a research project, which will take place throughout the academic year. Further teaching and supervision of research methodology and evidence critique will support this.
To enhance your clinical development, you will take an advanced assessment and diagnostics module that will develop your clinical examination skills and knowledge of related diagnostic testing. This module will support post registration preparation as a nurse prescriber if your future employment requires this.
A final assessed management placement will be supported with development in your leadership and management attributes within the clinical environment. The module will help you evaluate and manage risk, consider safe delegation and supervision decisions, manage change and facilitate own and others learning.
- Leading and managing care teams - 40 credits
- Health and Social Care Enquiry - 40 credits
- Advancing Clinical Assessment, Diagnostics and Decision Making in Mental Health Nursing - 40 credits
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2024. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.