Taught course

Nursing (MNurs) Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

Normally a first degree of at least 2:1 in a Health related subject, plus five GCSEs at Grade C and above including Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject. Students will need to have relevant clinical experience to undertake the two year programme All non-UK students are required to hold a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 in all elements of the test

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides students with an opportunity to gain an Integrated MNurs/Registered Nurse qualification and acts as preparation both for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and for taking on the responsibilities and accountability involved. It aims to provide graduates holding a health-related degree the opportunity to study at Level 7 – the theory that underpins nursing practice and develops knowledge and skills through evidence-based learning. Practice experience is gained in both hospital and community settings. On successful completion of this programme students will be able to enter Part one (Mental Health) of the Register held by the NMC.

This programme will prepare mental health nursing students to meet the needs of individuals in a variety of settings across a range of organisations. Students will be equipped with the fundamental skills and knowledge to meet the holistic needs of the client. The programme will ensure that students appreciate the impact of mental health/emotional issues on the wellbeing of the individual, family or significant other.

Students will demonstrate and understand the need for the application of care, values and principles of mental health practice such as compassion, dignity, autonomy, personhood and empowerment. Students will develop the ability to critically analyse the evidence-base of mental health nursing practice and appreciate the value of practiced-based evidence through reflection on care.

Programme structure
The framework for the MNurs Award has been specifically designed to permit Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as described by the NMC with a view to preparing students who are already graduates and/or who have relevant clinical experience for registration. APL / APEL will involve students making a written submission to detail how the requirements of the course have been met through prior study as well as providing evidence of relevant practice experience in a health care support worker role.

The programme involves continuous assessment of both theory and practice. A variety of assessment methods are used including practical examinations, case studies, essays, written examinations and presentations. Students are also assessed against the NMC’s competencies for registration during a series of practice placements in hospital and the community.

The MNurs programme prepares successful students for a career as a registered nurse in the relevant field of practice. Newly qualified nurses can apply for posts within a hospital or community setting. The MNurs programme may also enable individuals to develop a clinical research career within the NHS

Information for international students

All non-UK students are required to hold a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 in all elements of the test

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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0191 243 7900