Taught course

Nursing (Mental Health) - Pre-Registration

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Nursing

Entry requirements

3- year MSc and 2 year MSc with AP(E)L

Honours degree 2.2 or above (or equivalent), preferably in a health/science related subject. Non-health related degrees will be considered.

  • GCSE Maths, Science and English at Grade C or above, or equivalent
  • One recent academic reference
  • Successful performance in the selection process (including an individual interview)

2 year MSc with AP(E)L must also have:

  • Approximately 700 hours experience of paid or voluntary work within a healthcare environment or relevant to your chosen field

  • First registration DipHE/BSc/BSc (Hons) in Nursing (Adult or Children's).
  • Securing a place is subject to both a satisfactory DBS and an Occupational Health clearance. If enrolment has been agreed, then continuation on the programme will be contingent on satisfactory clearances.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.


All applicants will be screened for fitness to practise and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Selection process

All Oxford Brookes University Health and Social Care Programmes conduct Value Based Recruitment (VBR). We recognise that values and attitudes have the greatest impact on the quality of people's care and their experiences.

VBR is a way of helping our Programme recruitment teams to assess the values, motives and attitudes of those who wish to work with people in health and social care settings. When we refer to values we mean, for example, the values included in the NHS constitution.

VBR focuses on 'how' and 'why' an applicant makes choices in how they act and seeks to explore reasons for their behaviour. Further details about the VBR framework can be found here.

Months of entry


Course content

Our master’s degree allows you to undertake a Children's Nursing course which leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The PG Cert second registration course is for qualified nurses (child, mental health or learning disability) wanting to gain registration as a registered adult nurse, whilst also receiving an academic award.

As a mental health nurse you need to be able to show competence in the fundamentals of nursing care across people's lifespan. With a particular focus on meeting the needs of people experiencing mental problems and their families and carers.

The context of healthcare delivery is changing, so it's essential that you can work:

  • flexibly
  • inter-professionally
  • and collaboratively.

We teach you the skills for evidence-based practice, encouraging you to develop a problem-solving approach to clinical practise. And instil you with confidence to use your own clinical and professional judgement to influence practice.

Information for international students

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Fees and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1865 484848