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Mental Health Nursing (pre-registration)

University of Southampton · Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

UK bachelors degree with lower second-class honours or higher, GCSE English language and maths 4-9 or A*-C. You will be required to successfully complete a Recognition of Prior Learning as a condition of entry to the programme. Applicants for the MSc option must include 675 hours prior clinical learning as part of this claim. Subject to satisfactory health and DBS checks.

English language: band 5D, IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other components .

Months of entry


Course content

You will help people to live as independently as possible with their mental health needs. On this master’s degree in Mental Health Nursing you’ll learn to make complex decisions, evaluate practice, coordinate care and advocate for your patients' needs.You'll join a knowledgeable community with a global ranking for nursing and midwifery: 9th in the world and 3rd among UK universities (QS World Rankings by Subject 2021).

This 2 year master’s is designed for ambitious graduates and career changers who want to become a registered nurse. It's also ideal if you’re already a high achieving qualified nurse and want a second field of registration.

The course prepares you to pursue senior healthcare roles. It also provides a solid foundation for higher level academic study.

You'll carry out a mix of theoretical learning and practice hours which meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements for registration as a nurse. Practice learning takes the form of placements in a range of acute and community care settings.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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