School of Nursing and Midwifery

MSc Pre-registration Nursing (Mental Health)

Nursing is one of the most varied and challenging careers anyone can undertake. Nursing is frequently described as exciting and fulfilling; no two days are the same. Our MSc is your entry route through to nurse registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a nurse in the mental health field. Graduates in any discipline with recent health care experience can apply for our two year programme.

On completion you will progress on to a rewarding career and work in a range of healthcare settings nationally or internationally. Once you know a nursing career is for you, and you are ready for advanced level study, then join us on this tailor made programme which is designed to recognise the skills that graduates already have and build on these.

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Key features

  • Experience a programme that teaches contemporary and innovative mental health practice
  • Focus on developing your interpersonal skills and the importance of building therapeutic relationships.
  • Equip yourself with the knowledge and confidence to graduate with professional status as a registered mental health nurse.
  • Qualify with outstanding employment opportunities in a profession that offers excellent career progression.
  • Experience clinical placements across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, designed to maximise your range of experiences and clinical skills.
  • Dedicated master’s level seminar and tutorial support time. Built around critical reflexivity (thinking deeply about the impact of our assumptions, values, and actions on others). The programme cumulates in a 40 credit systematic review module that prepares you to perform as a capable and autonomous practitioner, fit for registration in the mental health field of nursing practice.


Course details

  • Year 1
  • The first three modules will equip you with a range of knowledge and skills designed to settle you into the role of the student nurse. Following these three modules your programme will be integrated with other pre-registration nursing students in their second year of study.  

    Core modules
    • NRS701 Nursing Care in Context

      This module will introduce students to the nursing profession, specifically broad aspects of professionalism and communication, and the development of knowledge and skills in relation to public health and health promotion.

    • NRS702 Human Biology and Pathophysiology

      This module will develop students' understanding of human development, key body systems, pathophysiological processes involved in commonly encountered health conditions and their relationship to nursing care.

    • NRS703 Assessing Needs and Planning Care

      This module introduces students to assessing and planning nursing care. It explores different models of understanding health, ill health and the interconnection between physical and mental health.

    • NRS704 Pharmacology and Medicines Optimisation

      This module will advance student knowledge of medication, pharmacology and support of complex care medication optimisation

    • NRS705 Co-ordinating Care for Complex Health Needs

      This module will develop students' knowledge and understanding of co-ordinating care for complex health needs. It will enable them to respond to the challenges of providing safe, effective, person centred nursing care.

    • NRS706 Developing Nursing Practice

      This module develops the students' values, knowledge and skills required for nursing practice in a range of settings.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • MHN701 Lived Experience

      This module will develop students¿ knowledge and understanding of the `lived experience¿ of those engaging with mental health and social care services; fundamentally the module will enable development of skills to enhance well-being using value based frameworks.

    • MHN702 Psychosocial Interventions to meet Complex Mental Health Needs

      This module develops knowledge and skills in a range of key therapeutic approaches for working with people with serious mental health problems or complex needs, and appropriate service approaches.

    • MHN704 Developing Competence in Mental Health Nursing Practice

      This module develops the students' values, knowledge and skills required for nursing practice and meeting the needs of clients with complex mental health problems.

    • NRS707 Nursing Leadership, Management and Team Working

      This module critically explores the concepts of management, leadership and working in teams. It examines the role of the nurse to act as a change agent in response to professional practice challenges.

    • NRS708 Systematic Review

      This module focuses on the appraisal and synthesis of evidence from research literature and documentary sources. Students' develop an understanding of systematic review methodology and will produce a systematic review of studies relating to an area of interest.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Pre registration Nursing programme specification 6646

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

  • You will normally have a first degree (BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above in any discipline.
  • 750 relevant clinical practice hours gained within the last 5 years, working in health related environments, for example hospitals, GP surgeries, hospices, and other community settings (subject to APEL/RPL).
  • 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English, and Science. Please note the institution will also consider Functional Skills Level 2 (Numeracy) as an equivalent qualification to the GCSE Mathematics qualification.
In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.
  • Please note we do not accept Key Skills or Functional Skills Level 2 in place of GCSE English
  • Admissions test
  • Institutions own tests (written and numeracy)
  • Interview
  • Criminal records check (DBS)
  • Health check
If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C / 4 or above you will have to achieve an IELTS (or equivalent qualification) at the grade of at least 7.0 (at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7.0 in the reading, listening and speaking sections).

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £14,400 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Alumnus loyalty reward for postgraduate study

The University applies a discretionary alumni reward where alumnus meet certain criteria on particular postgraduate taught courses.

  • a 20% discount on home/EU tuition fees
  • or a £2,000 discount on international tuition fees.

PGCE programmes, Master of Architecture, MChem, MEng, MGeol, MPsych, MSci, ResM and postgraduate research degrees are not included in this reward.

For further details, and contact information, please review our alumni discount policy.

Postgraduate Merit Scholarship for international students

Scholarship value: £2000 off your tuition fees in year one.
You may also receive:

  • 10% off the successive years tuition fee if an overall grade of 60% or above is maintained
To be eligible you must:

This scholarship will be offered automatically, providing you meet the eligibility criteria. A separate application will not be required.

Further information about Scholarships for international students

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September, with some January starts also available. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.