School of Nursing and Midwifery

MNurs (Hons) Nursing (Child Health and Mental Health)

Our four year dual field course offers the opportunity for students to be recognised in two of the three fields of nursing we offer while achieving an undergraduate master’s degree.

As well as preparing students for a clinical role, in a range of healthcare settings nationally or internationally, the course is an excellent choice for those considering a career in research and nurse education, that is to say, it is a challenging option for those looking for a fast tracked career.

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Key features

The MNurs course is integrated with the BSc (Hons) Nursing course hence students will follow a course of study that:

  • Ignites your passion for life-long learning with our evidence-informed modules, on a course designed to meet a diverse range of nursing career pathways.
  • Provides nursing practice in a variety of clinical settings, whilst learning collaboratively within dynamic healthcare teams.
  • Enhances and develops your nursing skills in the safe environment of the clinical skills simulation ward, under the supervision of nurse lecturers and clinical demonstrators.

In addition a key feature of the MNurs course will be the dedicated master’s level seminar and tutorial support time that students will experience which is built around critical reflexivity (thinking deeply about the impact of our assumptions, values, and actions on others). The course cumulates in a 40 credit systematic review module that prepares students to perform as a capable and autonomous practitioner, fit for registration in two fields of nursing practice.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • NRS410 Being an Accountable Professional

      This module will introduce students to the nursing profession, professional standards, the use of evidence and the role of social media in health care practice.

    • NRS411 Communication and Therapeutic Relationships

      This module supports students to develop basic, person-centred communication skills enabling them to engage effectively with individuals and their families/carers utilising a range of collaborative interpersonal skills and adopting therapeutic and ethical frameworks that can be applied in health and social care.

    • NRS412 Assessing Healthcare Needs

      This module introduces students to assessing health and wellbeing, it explores different models of understanding health, ill health and the interconnection between physical and mental health.

    • NRS413 Planning Nursing Care

      This module enables the student to work in partnership to plan and evaluate nursing care for a variety of health conditions and needs.

    • NRS414 Applied Human Biology Across the Lifespan

      This module will develop students' understanding of human development, key body systems and their relationship to nursing care.

    • NRS415 Providing and Evaluating Care

      This module introduces the student to the values, knowledge and skills required for nursing practice in a range of settings.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • NRS601 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.

    • NRS602 Developing Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Informed Decision Making

      The module is designed to extend students' knowledge around critical appraisal and the importance of research evidence to professional practice. This will be achieved through students identifying and evaluating a body of research-based evidence relevant to clinical practice.

    • NRS603 Transition to Professional Practice

      The module will provide you the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to perform as a capable and autonomous practitioner, fit for registration in your field of nursing practice. The student will explore responsibility, accountability and legal aspects of their role within the contemporary health and social care context.

    Optional modules
    • CHN601 Care of the Highly Dependent Child

      This module will develop the knowledge and skills of students in the care of critically ill infants, children and young people and their families. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a range of settings.

    • CHN602 Care of the Child and Family in the Community

      This module will enable students to develop the skills and knowledge required to undertake holistic assessment, plan and manage the support and care of individuals and families in a variety of community settings. The challenges of multidisciplinary and multiagency agency working in a community environment will be critically examined.

    • CHN603 Developing Competence in Child Health Nursing Practice

      This module will further develop the student¿s competence in a range of clinical, professional and transferable skills considered essential for safe practice and ensure that the NMC competencies are achieved.

    • MHN601 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.

    • MHN602 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.

    • MHN603 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.

  • Year 3
  • Core modules
    • 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.

    • NRS709 Transition to Professional Practice

      The module will provide you the opportunity to demonNRS709strate your ability to perform as a capable, autonomous and critical practitioner, fit for registration in your field of nursing practice. The student will explore responsibility, accountability and legal aspects of their role within the contemporary health and social care context.

    Optional modules
    • CHN701 Care of the Highly Dependent Child

      This module will refine the knowledge and skills of students in the care of critically ill infants, children and young people and their families.

    • CHN702 Care of the Child and Family in the Community

      This module will enable students to evaluate the skills and knowledge required to undertake holistic assessment and critically analyse the management and support and care of individuals and families in a variety of community settings. The challenges of multidisciplinary and multiagency agency working in a community environment will be critically examined.

    • CHN703 Developing Competence in Child Health Nursing Practice

      This module will further develop the student¿s competence in a range of clinical, professional and transferable skills considered essential for safe practice and ensure that the NMC competencies are achieved.

    • 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.

    • MHN703 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.

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

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

MNurs Hons Nursing programme specification 6649

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

128

GCSEs
5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above to include Mathematics, English, and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Consideration may be given to Functional Skills Level 2 in mathematics. If you do not have this GCSE profile please contact the Admissions Team directly on +44 (0)1752 585858 or email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk and they will be happy to advise you further.

UCAS Tariff
128 UCAS Tariff points to include 64 UCAS Tariff points from 2 A Levels. General Studies is not accepted. Health or Science profile is preferred, but not essential. If you need further advice please contact: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma
DDM Health or Science profile is preferred, but not essential.

Access to HE Diploma
Pass a named Access to HE Diploma with 15 Level 3 credits at Merit and 30 at Distinction, including 15 in Science or Social Science.

International Baccalaureate
30 points to include Grade 5 in one subject at Higher Level. Health or Science profile is preferred, but not essential.
English, Maths, and Science accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered, please contact admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Extended entry requirements

• In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.
• Please note we do not accept Key Skills Level 2 in place of GCSE English.
• Admissions Test
• Institutions Own Tests (written and numeracy) / Interview
• Criminal records check (DBS)
• Health checks

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 7.0 (at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7.0 in the reading, listening and speaking sections).

Deferred entry

Unfortunately we cannot permit deferred entry. However, if you have a query please refer to an experienced admissions administrator who will be able to explain the UCAS application process in more detail ug-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

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 £9,250
International To be confirmed 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.

Undergraduate Merit Scholarship for international students

Scholarship value: £2000 off your tuition fees in year one. 
To recognise continued academic achievement, you may also receive:

  • 10% off the successive years tuition fee if an overall grade of 60% or above is maintained
  • 20% off the successive years tuition fee if an overall grade of 70% or above is maintained.
To be eligible you must:
  • achieve one grade above your academic offer.
  • meet our standard English Language requirements.

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

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences additional costs.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

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.

Deferred entry

Unfortunately we cannot permit deferred entry. However, if you have a query please refer to an experienced admissions administrator who will be able to explain the UCAS application process in more detail ug-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Why we need more men to become nurses

If someone asks you to picture a doctor, it’s likely you’ll picture a man. If someone asks you to picture a nurse, it’s more likely you’ll picture a woman.

This unconscious bias is on the way to being addressed on the medical front as female medical student numbers have escalated in recent years – with women now accounting for over half of medical professionals at a training grade. Yet the amount of men training to become nurses has plateaued for decades at between 8–11%.

Adult Nursing lecturer Kevin Hambridge explains his personal and professional experience of combating the stereotype.

Study sessions for students by students: Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS)

To complement your formal learning we offer regular sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment

If you are a first or second year take the opportunity to study in a relaxed environment, along with other students on the same programme.

Find out more about how PALS can benefit your studies