Taught course

Nursing/Registered Nurse: Mental Health Nursing

University of Cumbria · School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

Applicants need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, achieved in one sitting which must include English Language and Mathematics (Functional skills level 2 Mathematics and English also accepted).

Applicants must have a minimum 2:2 in a relevant degree (for example health and social sciences such as psychology or sociology). Please see below for examples of current students who had the correct requirements for entry.

Applicants for this course must have a minimum of 500 hours of verified hands-on care experience with patients & clients (bathing, feeding, moving & handling, toileting etc.) in a designated health and/or social care setting in the UK. This may be in a hospital or care home or in a residential establishment.

All applicants will be subject to a face to face interview (In-person or online) and must successfully complete a portfolio of evidence prior to commencing the course.

International applicants require an IELTS certificate that confirms a minimum score of 7 in writing alongside a minimum of 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking, so long as the minimum overall score of 7.0. Alternatively, an OET examination certificate that confirms the achievement of at least a B grade in the writing, reading, listening and speaking sections.

Months of entry


Course content

The course aims to develop the skills required for you to become a confident, competent, caring, and compassionate mental health nurse.

Using a person-centred approach, you will learn how to facilitate the recovery of service users in various settings, including those who are acutely ill, in rehabilitation services and experiencing long-term conditions across the lifespan. You will also have opportunities to learn about partnership approaches to caring for service users, carers, and families.

The MSc Mental Health Nursing (Pre-registration) course aims to prepare graduates for the complex, demanding, and rewarding area of mental health nursing. The course provides graduates from a range of backgrounds the opportunity to transfer their skills, build on undergraduate experience and become a fully-qualified NMC registered nurse in two years.

To gain vital real-world experience, 50% of your course is spent on placement. Your placement will be spent across a varied range of professional environments for example. perinatal mental health, dementia services, forensic mental health and dementia and memory matters. Obtain sought-after postgraduate credentials, with a NHS Band 5 prospective starting salary.


  • Develop the skills and knowledge to practice as a confident, competent and caring Mental Health Nurse as well as the opportunity to enjoy a rewarding career in an area of nursing that excites you.
  • Learn through the support of experienced practice assessors/supervisors whilst on placement and from nursing staff and academics in both the classroom and simulated clinical environments.
  • Be a part of an intimate cohort so that you will benefit from close tuition from the nursing team who will be on hand to support you through your studies and help facilitate your learning.
  • Have access to a range of technology to enhance your learning. These include clinicalskills.net, OCULUS - a virtual reality headset for simulated activities and Pharmacology and Prescribing Resources.
  • Graduate with a masters in Nursing and be eligible to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN)


Mental health nurses support patients with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, addiction, and eating disorders. They work in settings such as in hospitals or the community and help people manage their illness and improve their lives.

This Master's degree enables graduates from a range of backgrounds the opportunity to transfer their skills to become a registered nurse (mental health). The course is aimed at graduates of a degree in a relevant discipline who aspire to qualify for eligibility to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register.

The course is underpinned by the core values of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and aims to promote critical thinking skills and the spirit of inquiry.

Over the past few decades, the role of the nurse has developed due to the changing context of health and social care, resulting in a wide range of new positions and services. Registered nurses (mental health) hold a significant role in terms of leading and coordinating care provision for people across the lifespan; aware of the complex mental, physical, cognitive, and behavioural care needs of those they look after.

This Master's degree aims to develop registered nurses (mental health) who prioritise people by providing safe and effective care, educating those in their care through the use of technology, promoting health literacy to prevent ill health, and supporting healthy choices and lifestyles. The course has been developed to raise the professional values and social conscience of students to prepare them for future healthcare roles.

As a nurse, you'll translate evidence-based knowledge to improve healthcare delivery while maintaining and emphasising the ethics of person-centred care. Modules on this course have been designed with this in mind and aim to stimulate innovation, improve quality, manage risk, and identify areas for productive change.

The University of Cumbria, together with our practice partners, share a vision to prepare students to become dynamic nurses that are fit for practice in rapidly changing and challenging care environments.

Year one

  • Concepts, Theories and Practice in Professional Nursing
  • Pathophysiology and Nursing Assessment Across the Lifespan
  • Advancing Mental Health Across the Healthcare Spectrum
  • Public Health and Nursing in Communities
  • Part 1 Practice Assessment (Year 1)
  • Part 2 Practice Assessment (Year 1)

Year two

  • Pharmacology for Contemporary Nursing Practice
  • Contemporary Approaches to Mental Health Care
  • Transforming Care in Nursing
  • Part 3 Practice Assessment (Year 2)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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