Taught course

Nursing: Adult or Mental Health

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care

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Entry requirements

For the MSc Nursing (Adult/ Mental Health) you will hold a Bachelor's degree with Honours at a 2:1 in any subject or a 2:2 in a health related subject, such as Biological Sciences, Psychology or Public Health.

You must also hold maths and English GCSE grade 4-9 (A-C) or Functional Skills Level 2 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc programme has two pathways; adult nursing and mental health nursing, and you will choose your preferred pathway.The programme is equally divided between practice and theoretical learning. You will spend two years studying full time which will include undertaking seven modules and 1600 hours of practice learning. By successfully completing the programme you will have gained 180 level seven credits and will be awarded a Master of Science in Nursing (Adult or Mental Health).

On successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to register your qualification with the NMC and practise as a registered nurse within your chosen field.

This is an accelerated nursing programme taking two years to complete (BSc (Hons) Nursing is three years) and is open to applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree with Honours from any field of academic study (for example: English Literature, Sports Science, Biochemistry, or Psychology). Nursing is a rewarding and challenging career that can offer you a wealth of opportunities once you have qualified. As an autonomous registered nurse, in either the Adult or Mental Health field of practise, you will have the opportunity to work alongside people experiencing changes to their health and wellbeing, for example an acute episode of illness or managing an enduring health condition.

During the first semester, each student will undertake a four-week practice experience in both a mental health care setting and an adult physical health care setting. Following these two experiences you will be offered the opportunity change or confirm the field of nursing practice you would like to complete (subject to practice learning capacity). You will then continue with your studies and undertake your field specific modules.

The programme provides you with a number of practice experiences across Kent and Medway, and across the range of health care settings including hospital and community based services where you will be supported by registered health and social care professionals to develop your understanding of, and competency in, nursing practice. Our programme uses problem based learning and clinical supervision to enable you to become a reflective and competent practitioner. Working in groups or individually you are provided with a series of problems to solve and directed towards learning materials and tasks that will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills. You will consider these issues through discussion, debate, and reading to develop a critical understanding of the role of the nurse. We are very proud that our programme, including our learning materials, have been developed in partnership with people using healthcare services to ensure you explore experiences from their perspective, and develop as a person centred practitioner.

As a registered nurse, there are a myriad of career opportunities open to you including clinical specialisms, advanced practice, community nursing, management, education, and research. You could also work overseas or join the armed services.

Fees and funding

Students may be eligible to apply for funding from the Student Loans Company. Further information can be found on the following websites:

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    2 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    On successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to register your qualification with the NMC and practice as a registered nurse within your chosen field.

Course contact details

Emma Nevill