Taught course

Nursing (Pre-registration) Mental Health

Edinburgh Napier University · School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care

Entry requirements

Bachelor (Honours) degree at 2:2 or above in any degree subject. Alternatively we can accept a Bachelor (Ordinary) degree in nursing with distinction where registration is in an alternative field to the one you are wishing to study (e.g. child health or learning disability). Should you meet the academic entry criteria, you will then be asked to complete an RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) document to provide evidence of undertaking a minimum of 500 hours (equivalent to 12-14 weeks full-time) of occupational or voluntary work supporting the health and/or wellbeing needs of people, in addition to demonstrating a minimum of 500 hours of appropriate theoretical learning and understanding evidenced from a previous degree and practice.

National 5 Maths and Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) at grade C or above taken within the past 5 years is also required - if applicants do not have these we can suggest alternative online equivalent courses to undertake.

Admission to the programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) check. This will be conducted as part of the induction week. The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University.

Months of entry


Course content

Qualify in two years as a Mental Health Nurse registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and enjoy a flexible study approach.

This two-year MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) programme is for graduates from any discipline who meet the necessary entry criteria to study and work in the UK.

During this programme, you will learn in a variety of practice settings, and study contemporary evidence-based nursing modules, delivered flexibly to meet your needs. To facilitate a breadth of authentic educational experiences, you will learn with inter-professional health and social care teams, and from people accessing health and social care support. You will become a life-long learner; a critical thinker who supports and influences the highest quality evidence base and provides exceptional person-centred care.

You will enter the nursing profession as a confident, proficient and autonomous practitioner, with a strong understanding of current health and social care environments. You will have the skills to lead, innovate and influence future provision to effectively meet the needs of people.

The School of Health and Social Care is based at our Sighthill Campus in the city of Edinburgh.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Admissions and Enquiries
+44 (0)333 900 6040