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Funded places for Mental Health Nursing Programme

13 April 2017

Abertay is offering four funded places on its Masters by Research programme as part of an ongoing ambition to develop a centre of excellence in mental health nursing.

Successful applicants will work with one of Scotland’s most published Mental Health Nursing academics, develop subject expertise, and become proficient in research design, conduct and dissemination.

To qualify you must be Registered Mental Health Nurse currently working in the field in Scotland.

Candidates must have an Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline and/or a Master’s degree.

In some cases appropriate professional or experiential learning may be considered in combination with a lower classification of Honours degree.

Research may focus on any area relevant to mental health nursing, but should have the potential to further knowledge and improve patient care.

We particularly welcome projects which explore:

• Inpatient care
• Aspects of risk, resilience, and safety planning
• Medication management and non-medical prescribing
• Work with people with a diagnosis of borderline or other personality disorder
• Raising concerns about poor care.

The above projects are indicative only and are open to negotiation and discussion.

The Masters by Research requires a significant time commitment on the part of the student.

Although attendance at University is only required for project supervision and occasional class based work, applicants should be able to set aside an average of 10 – 15 hours per week for independent study.

In our experience, students are most likely to succeed where the project chosen matches service need and where some component of the research, for example, data collection, can be undertaken during work time.

For further details contact Geoff Dickens, Professor of Mental Health Nursing at or 01382 308527.

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