Taught course

Nursing (Mental Health)

Edge Hill University · Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). Health-related subjects are preferred but not essential. Other subjects will be considered on an individual basis.

An interview forms part of the selection process.

Pre-registration nursing courses are typically three years in duration so, in order to join this two-year MSc, you will be required to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This will be in the form of three short pieces of written work (essays) and evidence which will also confirm that you have met a minimum of 700 hours of appropriate health-related occupational or voluntary experience. Further details about RPL, including guidance on the development of your three short academic essays, will be sent to you upon successful completion of an interview.

If you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will need to satisfy the requirements of the Nursing & Midwifery Council in respect of physical and mental fitness and will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Months of entry


Course content

On this Masters in mental health nursing, you’ll learn how to deliver care to adults and children with physical, psychological, cognitive and behavioural needs which manifest when living with a mental health illness. You’ll care for people with a range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and personality disorder.

No two patients are the same. Each person will need individually-tailored education, treatment and guidance to manage their symptoms. Supervised work placements allow you to practice what you learn.

As well as gaining core caring proficiencies, you’ll be able to work specifically with people who are experiencing mental health illness and distress. You’ll support their recovery, and lead change to improve care for this client group. Specialising as a mental health nurse will make you highly employable in this rewarding profession.

By the time you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to help plan, coordinate and deliver care in a safe, compassionate and effective way. And you’ll be able to register as a qualified mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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