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Nursing - Mental Health - Pre-registration - MSc

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: March 2022
  • Study mode: Blended Learning
  • Location: Online Learning

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. Any arrangements put in place by the University for the 2021/22 academic year 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.

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 the 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

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

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Open Days

Our Open Day for this course will take place in Spring 2021. Register now and we will contact you when the booking form goes live.

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This course is not open to International students

Course Accreditations

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Health Education England

Entry Requirements

UK students

*Our usual entry requirement is a BSc (Hons) degree at 2:1 or better in a relevant health, science or social science subject. However, a BSc (Hons) 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.

  • UK students
  • International students

Award: MSc

Starting: Mar 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Personal statement

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.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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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.

Level 7

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 180 credits):

20 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.

20 credits

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. 

20 credits

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.

20 credits

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.  

20 credits

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.

20 credits

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.

40 credits

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. 

20 credits

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.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
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
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.

Course delivery

The majority of the theoretical component of the course content will be delivered asynchronously online to enable you to engage flexibly with the curriculum. There will be a maximum of 5% face to face on campus content delivery to cover statutory and mandatory training and some clinical skills education.

Practice Placements

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.

Learning Experience

Personal tuition will enrich your learning experience and give you opportunities for meaningful reflection and development of your professional identity throughout the course.

Our Facilities

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.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

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.

Hospital Ward

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.

Biomedical Laboratories

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.

Simulation Manikins

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.

Our staff

A large number of staff are engaged in clinical-focused research, with many pursuing doctorates and recognised for their expertise in areas such as chronic disease and Multiple Sclerosis. All are Adult Nurses themselves, holding fully up-to-date accreditation and engaging in clinical work, maintaining close links with our partner NHS Trusts and the state of the nursing art.

Staff are also regular contributors to leading professional journals such as The BMJ, as well as publishing and speaking in local and national media.

Jim Chapman

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.

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Stephanie Paget

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.

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