Taught course

Mental Health Nursing (pre-registration)

City, University of London · Division of Nursing

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you must have

a lower second-class honours degree or above in any subject.
an awareness of health or health-related care issues.
GSCE’s (or accepted equivalent) in Mathematics and English Langauge with a minimum of a grade 4 pass (C or above).
You will be required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance. Academic and character references may be requested.

Successful applicants will be required to complete a Recognition of Prior Theory Learning (RPL) claim in order to obtain a place on the course. In addition it is recommended that a Recognition of Prior Practice Learning (RPL) claim is also made prior to entry to the programme otherwise applicants will be required to undertake a further 500 practice hours at the end of the two year programme. This will not be an option for those who are required to apply for a visa to come to the UK to study. Applicants with no clinical experience will still considered. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend a Selection Day held at City, University of London before an offer can be made.

English requirements
If your first language is not English, one of the following is also required:

A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA
IELTS: 7.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 72.
TOEFL iBT: 94 overall with at least 27 in Writing, 24 in reading and Listening and 23 in Speaking sections.

Months of entry


Course content

This MSc in Mental Health Nursing is designed for well-motivated individuals looking for a rewarding and challenging career.

As a Mental Health Nurse, you should be patient and compassionate in order to recognise individual needs and the appropriate interventions for them. It is all about helping people make positive changes to their lives and supporting them on their journey of recovery.

City’s MSc (pre-registration) Mental Health Nursing offers you the opportunity to train in one of London’s leading and most well-established departments for nursing education. Our priority is to ensure that you graduate with the skills and knowledge to enter the mental health nursing profession, which can often be a stressful and challenging environment, with confidence.

As a student at City, you will combine theoretical study with clinical experience, working with London's diverse population in leading hospitals and community settings. We will prepare you for all aspects of the profession including supporting people working towards recovery, dealing with crisis and emergency situations, improving the effect of patients’ physical health, detecting deterioration and how to approach, assess and provide the most appropriate care and treatment in differing situations.

Clinical placements can take place in a variety of settings which will allow you to explore the journey of service users including:

Older adult, children and adolescents

  • Those who are acutely unwell
  • Those in recovery
  • Those detained in secure (forensic) settings
  • Placements take place within the East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) which includes the boroughs of Newham, City & Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

    This allows you to become familiar with the needs of local communities and its healthcare providers. Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional knowledge and skills.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7040 5000