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Mental Health Nursing (post-registration)

The MSc Mental Health Nursing has been designed specifically for motivated and ambitious registered mental health nurses.

Next Start Date: January, September

Degree type: MSc/PGDip

UCAS Code: Apply direct

Duration: 2-3 years


Why choose this course?

  • Specific focus on mental health nursing.
  • Taught by a team of subject experts.
  • The opportunity to study through blended learning with option module choices relevant to your field of interest.
  • Exploration of contemporary recovery focused and critical perspectives in mental health nursing.
  • Provides enhanced expertise and knowledge necessary to lead and facilitate change in mental health care delivery.
  • Opportunity to undertake a clinically relevant research project.

Continuous Professional Development

This course has been designed specifically for ambitious registered graduate mental health nurses or those with significant relevant experience.  The programme aims to further develop your ability to work in and lead services at a time of rapid change; and respond to developments in practice, changes in the philosophy of mental health nursing and the emergence of new ideas and research.

MHN short courses infographic 2017

We are pleased to let you know about our new arrangements for the Mental Health modules that will enable you to gain a Certificate, Diploma or Masters at your own pace. The below are the short courses that we are running in January 2018.

Crisis Intervention: The Crisis Intervention course is suitable for health and social care professionals from all backgrounds. You will be taught by experts working in the field who will help you to develop your understanding of crisis theory and management. You will acquire the latest practical skills in both solution focused and cognitive behavioural techniques which you will be able to introduce in to your practice.

Register for Crisis Intervention short course

Working with Older People: The Working with Older People course is designed for health and social care professionals who work with or want to work with older people. We explore the key issues facing older people with mental health problems, including those with complex health needs. We examine the context of ageing, common mental health issues and practical considerations when working in this field.

Register for Working with Older People short course

Motivational Interviewing: The Motivational Interviewing course provides you with the skills and knowledge to practice motivational interviewing, which can be used for not only mental health purposes but to boost the morale of your own staff members. Using a combination of role play, guided study, webinars and discussion you will learn how to deliver and evaluate motivational interviewing.

Register for Motivational Interviewing short course

A staged payment scheme is also on offer to allow you to fund your study in a flexible way. If you would like any more information regarding these courses, please can you contact the head of Mental Health, Robin Ion.


What you study

This modular programme is made up of both core and option modules.

 The three core modules are:

  • Research Methods for Social Sciences
  • Recovery and Self-Management
  • Dissertation

In addition to the core modules students choose four of the following option modules:

  • Crisis Intervention and Resolution
  • Motivational interviewing in healthcare settings
  • Mental Health in Older Adults
  • Leadership for health and social care professionals
  • Work Based Review

How you learn and how you are assessed

The programme is delivered using a blended learning approach with sessional university based study days on modules which have a skills based component. Online learning activities will include; discussion groups, online lectures and tutorials using podcasts and chat facilities, learning activities and guided reading. Online learning will be facilitated and supported by the module leader. Assessment is via coursework, essay, reflective study, portfolio and online discussion participation.

The course modules details provided above are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Entry routes

Deadline for applications to this course is 31st July 2017.

Applicants should have either an Ordinary degree in a relevant area or significant clinical experience.  In addition, applicants should hold current registration as a mental health nurse with the appropriate national body, for example, the Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC).

EU Applicants

All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language.

Fees and scholarships

The MSc tuition fee for Scottish/EU/Rest of UK (RUK) students is £4300.  

We regret to advise this programme is not available to Overseas (non-EU) students requiring a Tier 4 visa (as it is delivered part-time only).


Tuition Fees Paid Studentships

We are currently offering four tuition fees paid studentships on our Masters by Research. These are specifically for mental health nurses working in Scotland. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for self-development and to contribute to the mental health nursing evidence base. You 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.

For further information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, please view the full announcement here

The closing date for applications is May 8 2017.

Further info

The focus of the MSc in Mental Health Nursing is to develop recovery orientated practitioners who have the knowledge and skills to meet the aspirations set out in the Government’s mental health strategy.

Opportunities for postgraduate mental health nurses include: clinical leadership roles such as Senior Charge Nurse, Nurse Consultant and Clinical Nurse Specialist; along with teaching, research and managerial roles both at local and government level. These opportunities are available in a range of settings including: the NHS, private and voluntary organisations and education.

The MSc Mental Health Nursing is achieved through the successful completion of 180 credits at level 11. This comprises of six 20 credit modules plus one 60 credit Dissertation (Research Project) module.

Each 20 credit module will cost £500 with the 60 credit module cost £1300.  Payment is flexible and in modular instalments as a student builds their academic transcript towards the MSC in Mental Health Nursing.

The programme has three potential exit awards:

The first exit point, the Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing requires the student to successfully complete 60 credits at level 11, which must include Recovery and self-management (HE1150M).

The second is the Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing. In order to be eligible for this award, students must successfully achieve 120 credits at level 11. This must include Recovery and self-management (HE1150M) and Research Methods for Social Sciences.

The third award is the MSc in Mental Health Nursing. The 60-credit dissertation module is required in addition to the modules that comprise the Postgraduate Diploma in order to achieve the exit award of MSc in Mental Health Nursing.

Exit awards


Minimum   Exit award requirements

PG Cert

 60   credits @ level 11


PG Dip

120 credits @ level 11


180 credits @ level 11


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