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MSc Nursing (Mental Health) with NMC registration

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2022
Mental illness requires just as much care as physical illness – sometimes even more so. As a mental health nurse, you’ll be crucial in helping people get their lives back on track. You’ll learn from our experienced lecturers and technicians using state-of-the-art simulation facilities, coupled with time out on clinical placement.
This combined learning approach of theory and practice will prepare you to provide safe, compassionate care and become a confident nurse. Upon completion of the degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for admission to Nursing & Midwifery Council.
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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

Mental health is something which effects many people during their lifetime. Whether you have had a personal experience with mental illness or simply want to help those who struggle day-to-day, this course can teach you the knowledge you need to become a compassionate nurse.

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Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

This exciting and dynamic MSc programme is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and is delivered in a shorter time scale (two years as opposed to the standard BSc undergraduate three years route). 

We've been running our nursing programmes for many years and have a high rate of employability. Many of our students are employed by the Trust that they worked with during their time at the University.

You will benefit from an excellent standard of teaching provided by staff from the University and practice, in partnership with our NHS Trust partners. As well as this you will be taught by lecturers who have a wide expertise in the field. Our lecturers also maintain close links with practice, ensuring that the programme is up-to-date with modern practice.

We have simulation facilities to enable you to practise your skills in a realistic and safe environment. We offer continuous support throughout the programme, both in the University and in practice.

You will receive personal tutoring and benefit from a high level of research within the teaching team. You will also benefit from our annual one day inter-professional conference, focused on safeguarding and dementia.

As well as this you will have the opportunity to put your learnt skills into practice through a range of clinical placements. We're renowned for the support we offer you while you are on placement. Members of the teaching staff are assigned to each clinical area and will visit you regularly whilst you are out in practice.

What facilities can I use?

During your time at BNU you’ll have access to our state-of-the-art facilities including our library, computer suites and simulation suites.

Simulation is an important aspect of our nursing and healthcare programmes. Students regularly spend time in these areas, to practice technical skills and use the newest technologies, in a safe and supportive environment. We use simulation manikins programmed to act like humans, and ‘moulage’ – the process of applying mock, realistic injuries for training purposes. We also engage service users in role-play sessions. This allows us to provide realistic scenarios where students can gain experience, exposure and feedback to boost their confidence before going out on placement.

Both our Uxbridge and Aylesbury campuses offer these facilities to students.

What will I study?

Mental health nursing involves more than practice. You'll grasp the theory and facts behind diagnosis that can help you make crucial decisions when looking after a patient. You will be able to design strategies for the collection and analysis of scholarly material relating to care, as well as being able to identify issues from a wide perspective. You will be able to lead changes in practice, improving the quality of delivery of care.

Opportunities for Registered Nurses within mental health are continually expanding. For example: you may be working in a busy hospital ward or department, as a nurse specialist running your own clinic, working in a prison or in one of the community areas such as a large health centre. Majority of our placements are within centres of excellence in North West London and the Thames Valley NHS and private practice, due to our brilliant connections and partnerships.

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How will I be taught and assessed?

The duration of the programme is two years. Whilst fully integrated, the programme has a nominal division of theory and practice hours, as required by the NMC. Applicants are asked to demonstrate 500 clinical hours and 500 theoretical hours through an enhanced CV. These hours can be utilised and counted towards to meet the 2,300 hour of clinical practice 4,600 NMC hours requirements.

Theoretical teaching will be blended and consist of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • simulated practice learning
  • digital virtual learning and tutorials.

Some of the teaching will be face-to-face contact, online and some will be directed or guided learning and some will be independent learning.

Clinical practice opportunities include:

  • adult acute mental health inpatients
  • adult mental health recovery inpatients
  • older persons mental health inpatients
  • children and adolescent mental health services
  • forensic mental health community teams
  • prison healthcare
  • a range of community services supporting people to remain in their home  whilst receiving support and treatment e.g. crisis resolution and home treatment teams, primary care plus, recovery teams, older persons community mental health team, memory teams, cognitive impairment and dementia teams, etc.
  • private healthcare settings.

We make sure that you'll have the knowledge and the confidence to work as a nurse before sending you out into clinical practice.

Our team of experienced lecturers have a collective wealth of knowledge from working in a number of areas, including:

  • child mental health
  • dementia
  • cognitive behavioural therapy
  • community mental health care
  • acute mental health inpatient care. 

When you go out into practice, a clinical staff member in the workplace will provide mentorship, supervise your experience, and assess that you are meeting the requirements of the course. All other health professionals and staff members will also contribute to your learning experience, so you have the opportunity to engage with the multi-disciplinary team.

Our enthusiastic and dedicated nursing team have a passion for what they do and will support you throughout the programme.

Once you graduate, you'll be able to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and be able to practice in the UK. 

Placement plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Useful Documents

MSc Nursing (Mental Health) with NMC Registration Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

To study this course, you will need to have obtained the following:

  • Classification of 2:1 or above in any subject/discipline OR consideration will be given to applicants who have: Classification of 2:2 in a subject with relevant content and experience, e.g., sociology; psychology; physiology; bio- chemistry; health studies or social work.  
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language or literature, mathematics, and a science subject  
  • For students, whose first language is not English, there is a requirement to achieve an IELTS tariff of 7 with no individual component below 6.5
  • Evidence of study within the previous five years.    
  • Establish digital and technological literacy on application.
Additional Requirements

If successful at interview you will be required to complete the following as part of the condition of your offer:

  • Verified evidence of 500 hours of related clinical practice in the last 3 years. This will be demonstrated through an enhanced CV
  • A reflective essay demonstrating Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Further details and guidance will be provided upon successful interview.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a Selection Day.

Applications are made through UCAS.

All offers are subject to Academic, successful RPL, Enhanced CV, satisfactory Occupational Health and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Professional Nursing Practice Underpinning Evidence-based Healthcare

Introduction to Public Health and Community Nursing

The Principles of Mental Health Nursing Practice

Nursing Research and Knowledge Exchange in Healthcare

Developing Public Health and community Mental Health Nursing Practice

Advancing Bio-psychosocial Nursing Skills in Mental Health Practice

Year 2 Modules

Nursing Research and Knowledge Exchange in Healthcare

Advancing Bio-psychosocial Nursing Skills in Mental Health Practice

Leading and Co-ordinating Care

Leading and Managing Care in Mental Health Practice

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,250 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

As you'll graduate as a registered nurse, you'll be able to find work in the UK or explore opportunities of working abroad in the future.

Opportunities for mental health nursing are continually expanding. You may be working in a busy hospital ward or department, as a nurse specialist running your own clinic, working in a prison or in one of the expanding community areas such as a large health centre or an integrated community team.

Mental Health Nursing itself is a broad area and you'll have the chance to go into many careers, such as:

  • general practice surgeries as a mental health nurse
  • community settings, for example Home Treatment team, Recovery Service
  • nursing homes
  • mental health services
  • forensic mental health services including High Secure Services
  • private health care providers
  • prison nursing
  • the armed forces
  • teaching and assessing roles
  • working abroad
  • researcher- promoting advances in health care and health promotion practice.

You can also choose to study a range of postgraduate and professional courses to help you specialise in different areas of nursing or undertake a short course to continue your professional development.

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