Nursing - Mental Health - Pre-registration - MSc
Our accelerated MSc in mental health nursing will give you the opportunity to qualify as a registered nurse in two years. The course is aimed at people who already hold an undergraduate degree in a health or science related subject, and also have some prior experience in a care setting....
Studying with us in 2021/22
It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.
Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.
- Level Postgraduate Taught
- Study mode Blended Learning
- Location Online Learning
- Award MSc
- Start date March 2022
- School School of Nursing and Midwifery
- Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences
Our accelerated MSc in mental health nursing will give you the opportunity to qualify as a registered nurse in two years. The course is aimed at people who already hold an undergraduate degree in a health or science related subject, and also have some prior experience in a care setting.
This innovative new blended learning course is supported by Health Education England to enhance the digitisation of the NHS. The majority of the theory element of the course will be delivered online using a variety of virtual and blended learning strategies. Practice placement experiences will take place in the clinical environment with our local NHS partners, supported by practice-orientated simulation activities.
Although this course is full time, the flexible course delivery enables you to balance your studies with other personal commitments. The course will also help you develop the digital skills needed to meet the demands of a changing society.
What's covered in this course?
The course is aligned to the 7 platforms of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for pre-registration nursing education, which cover the following areas:
- Being and accountable professional
- Promoting health and preventing ill-health
- Assessing needs and planning care
- Providing and evaluating care
- Leading and managing nursing care and working in teams
- Improving safety and quality of care
- Co-ordinating care
This course is accredited by:
Why Choose Us?
- Funding - Nursing students will receive at least £5,000 a year in additional funding for maintenance and associated study costs. Download the funding FAQs
- Flexible course delivery – our virtual and blended learning offering allows you to fit your studies around your family and work commitments
- Supported by Health Education England – we are one of just seven institutions chosen to deliver this innovative new course
- Birmingham is one of the UK’s most diverse cities outside of London, which provides you with a wide variety of experience that will be valuable to take forward into your future career.
- Student finance - have you already had a student loan to study an undergraduate degree but would like to do a second degree in nursing, midwifery or the allied health professions? You may still be eligible for funding
An honours degree at 2:1 or better in relevant health, science or social science subject area. However, a degree at 2:2 may be considered, depending on experience. Please contact us to discuss your situation
Level 2 qualification in Maths and English
Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no subtest below 6. An equivalent test to IELTS is acceptable and will be considered on an individual basis
Additionally all applicants will need to demonstrate prior learning (RPL) of:
- 500 hours of theory against some of the learning outcomes in the first year of the BSc (Hons) Nursing course
- 500 hours of prior practice in a suitable health care environment.
A RPL mapping tool has been devised to assist applicants with this. Please contact course leader for advice and guidance.
Fees & How to Apply
- UK students
- International students
Starting: Mar 2022
- Blended Learning
- 2 years
Sorry, this course is not available to International students.
Access to computer equipment
You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.
You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.
All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.
Access to Microsoft Office 365
Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.
You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.
Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.
Free access to Rosetta Stone
All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.
You will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for this course. Your first DBS check is included in your fees.
You will provided with four sets of uniform (tunic and trousers). If you need additional sets of uniform, you will need to purchase them.
Placement expenses (mandatory)
There may be some costs for travel or temporary accommodation associated with placements. The NHS Learning Support Fund can help with these costs. Information about what the fund covers and eligibility criteria can be found online.
Clothing and safety equipment (mandatory)
You will need to buy suitable footwear, cardigan and fob watch for placement, plus any additional uniform over the initial four sets that are provided.
Media consumable items (mandatory)
This course requires the use of consumables. In order to access online sessions, you will need a laptop with i5 processor or better, access to Wi-Fi, headset, optional additional monitor, mouse and keyboard.
Excess printing (optional)
Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.
All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.
Field trips (optional)
This course includes the option of additional trips that may enhance your experience, at extra cost.
You may wish to join a union or professional body related to your course. We would advise joining the Royal College of Nursing or Unison. You will need to pay membership fees to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council on graduation.
You may wish to purchase subscriptions to additional journals and websites.
Accommodation and living costs
The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.
Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Your passion and motivations
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Why this course?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Relevant academic or work experience
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
Course in Depth
In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 180 credits):
This module will provide an introductory background to the history of nursing in the United Kingdom and provide an in-depth knowledge of the legislation that governs healthcare provision and the roles and responsibilities of the registered nurse. The module will explore the key principles of professional nursing practice including effective communication and team working, enabling the student to reflect on the diverse needs of a modern-day healthcare service. The student will develop skills of emotional resilience and intelligence to support them throughout their nursing career. This module will also develop students’ literacy and academic skills, giving them the opportunity to develop their ability to work at academic level 7 and to contextualise their literacy into the clinical setting.
The aim of this module is to enable you to gain an understanding of health inequalities and the role of health prevention and promotion programmes. It will enable you to understand the management of long-term conditions, within the context of health inequalities, and how government and local initiatives aim to improve the quality of life of your service users. You will also explore how society is structured in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, social class, family and households, and its impact on health and wellbeing.
The purpose of this module is to introduce the student to the process of assessing patient need and planning their care. Students will learn about the concept of holistic care, and will gain greater insight into the physiological, psychological and sociological elements of human development across the lifespan. Additionally, students will begin to learn a variety of core nursing skills and communication strategies to enhance their nursing care.
This module aligns to platform 5 of the Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) 2018 professional standards. The module will focus on the development of self-awareness and self-exploration of the student as an individual to enable them not only lead and manage the care of patients, but understand how these skills and concepts are fundamental to all echelons of the health. Module content will give consideration to various theoretical components, to understand the practical application of leadership and management theory.
The module will focus on the role of the nurse within an inter-professional framework in relation to the improvement of safety and generation of high quality care. Module content will give consideration to current and prevalent governance issues within clinical practice and the methods used in order to measure the quality of care delivered. This will be done through conducting audit and critically analysing evidence base. Additionally, students will focus on the relationship between the employment of appropriate leadership strategies and the generation and implementation of quality measures.
The purpose of this module is to further develop students’ skills in assessing patient need and planning their care. The module will also introduce students to the principles of providing and evaluating care, including the optimisation of medicines usage. Students will continue to learn about the concept of holistic care, and will gain greater insight into the physiological, psychological and sociological elements of human development across the lifespan. Additionally, students will be introduced to more core nursing skills and communication strategies to enhance their nursing care.
This double module will take place over approximately sixteen months. It comprises on-line asynchronous taught material and self-directed research work, both with academic supervision. Students will learn that research is part of successful career pathways in nursing. It will be seen that research forms the basis of all evidence-based nursing, a questioning approach to practice, accountability and creating the possibility to initiate change. Chosen research topics will have a distinctive nursing character with importance placed on exploration of the interfaces between the four fields of nursing, partnership working with other professionals and a radical exploration of the core nursing value of person-centred care.
The purpose of this module is to build upon the previous learning to further advance the students’ knowledge and skills with the coordination of patient care. Students will learn about the concept of partnership working and coordination of care. Additionally, students will continue to explore communication strategies to enhance their nursing care and how they can be a role model for others.
Course in depth
The course will be 50% academic theory (1800 hours) and 50% in practice (1800 hours), which together with the recognition of prior learning (RPL) of practice in a suitable health care environment and elements of year 1 of the BSc (Hons) Nursing course, will ensure adherence to the minimum of 4600 hours in total, as per NMC requirements (NMC, 2018).
RPL will evidence existing key skills, theoretical and practice knowledge including the use of evidence that underpins person and family-centred care, professional values, self-leadership and the role of the health professional.
The course is divided into three 8-month parts, each comprising integrated theoretical content, where learning will take place across the four fields of nursing. You will study modules totalling 60 credits in each part, including an integrated theory and practice module which will prepare and support you to be ready for supervision and assessment in your chosen field of practice.
During the first part of the course, you will study three 20 credit modules designed to develop confidence and competence in working with and caring for people across the lifespan with a range of health needs, and explore the foundations and complexities of integrated care. This will incorporate research skills to underpin safe, effective high quality nursing care in a global context.
As the course progresses into part two, you will study a further three 20 credit modules. Each module will continue to be integrated, but you will intensify your focus on your chosen field, building upon previous learning, and develop proficiency in your field of practice. You will develop your ability to appraise nursing care and gain confidence in the safe management of medication. Additionally, you will begin to develop as a leader of care, supervising other health professionals while practising evidence based decision making and the co-ordination of care.
In part three, you will undertake a 40 credit research module which includes a choice of primary research, an integrated literature review or a professional project linked to practice.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK.
This course has been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets their standards.
To work as a nurse or midwife, you must pass an NMC approved course at a higher education institution (HEI) in pre-registration nursing and midwifery, leading to registration with the NMC.
Health Education England
The Blended Learning programme has been developed with Health Education England to address national shortages in clinical expertise and explores the opportunities of providing predominantly online, remote-access study to those people who may have the aptitude and values to join the healthcare profession, but currently are unable to learn in traditional ways.
Practice placements will be field specific, during which you will experience exposure across the four fields of nursing. Practice placement experiences may be within community, hospital or home environment settings and at a location anywhere within the West Midlands region. While on placement, you will be supported, supervised and assessed by suitably prepared staff to develop your knowledge and skills.
The course will use a flexible placement model. Placements will typically be planned in extended periods of 10 weeks or more. You will need to achieve 200 hours of placement time in each period, and can negotiate whether this time is accrued in a full time block or part time across the whole period.
Facilities and Staff
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.
We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.
These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses cutting-edge facilities.
In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.
Virtual Case Creator
For pre-registration nurses and midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.
Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.
The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.
Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.
Skills Practice and Care Enhancement facility
The SPACE (Skills Practice And Care Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.
It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.
We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.
We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct manikins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.
The SIM men and SIM baby manikins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.
Mary Seacole Library
The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.
The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
- Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
- Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
- Microsoft Office software
- Research and statistical software
- Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.
Nurse degree apprenticeships and MSc Nursing project lead
Prior to moving into education, Jim worked as a mental health nurse in in-patient and community mental health settings, specialising in providing urgent and crisis care to working age adults.
As an academic, Jim has worked across undergraduate and postgraduate nurse education, focusing on teaching clinical nursing skills and principles of recovery, specialising on using recovery-oriented approaches for people who hear voices. Jim co-ordinates a module on our childhood, adolescence and young adulthood mental health pathway. He is currently the project lead for nursing degree apprenticeships.More about Jim
Course Leader – MSc Nursing
Stephanie graduated from Birmingham City University with a BSc (hons) degree in Children’s Nursing in 2012. Post qualifying Stephanie went to work on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital as a staff nurse between 2012 and 2015. During this time Stephanie completed both her PICU Foundation Course and her PICU Specialist Course. Stephanie when working in PICU was also a team leader, clinical skills facilitator in addition to other specialist clinical skills such as hemofiltration.More about Stephanie