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MSc Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (Mental Health)

Elevate Your Career with a Comprehensive 2-Year MSc in Mental Health Nursing, Delivering Specialised Skills and In-Depth Clinical Experience for Exceptional Patient Care

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Your Path to Excellence in Mental Health Nursing

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GCSE Maths Grade 4 / C or above or L2 Functional Skills GCSE English Grade 4 / C or above or L2 Functional Skills

All students must have achieved a minimum of a first degree (2:2 or above) Minimum of 750 hours in clinical practice prior to starting programme

Applicants to the programme will be selected using a values-based recruitment process, where applicants are required to undertake a series of activities. Service Users and Employers form part of these activies and the formal panel . Potential applicants applying must demonstrate the following on entry to the programme:  

  • Suitability for their intended field of nursing practice: adult, mental health or learning disabilities nursing  
  • Values in accordance with The NMC Code (2018) Professional standards of practice for nurses, midwives and nursing associates  
  • Capability to learn behaviours in accordance with The Code 

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UCAS code N/A

UCAS institution code P63

Duration 2 years full time

Course Summary

Embark on a transformative journey with our rigorous two-year MSc in Mental Health Nursing programme. Designed to empower dedicated professionals, this intensive curriculum integrates theoretical knowledge with hands-on clinical experience, ensuring graduates are poised for excellence in the field. In the inaugural year, students delve into foundations of nursing practice, gaining a comprehensive understanding of mental health theories, assessment techniques, and evidence-based interventions.

This year lays the groundwork for clinical placements, where students will apply their knowledge in real-world settings. With three distinct placements, each offering unique learning opportunities, students gain invaluable insights into various aspects of mental health nursing practice. The second year focuses on advanced topics, enabling students to develop specialised expertise in areas such as crisis intervention, medication management, and therapeutic modalities.

Building upon the previous year's foundation, students engage in a deeper exploration of complex mental health conditions and treatment approaches. The three additional placements in Year Two provide opportunities for students to hone their skills in diverse clinical environments, from community-based care to inpatient mental health units. We recognise the value of prior experience, and applicants who bring 750 hours of relevant work or volunteer experience into the programme will have the opportunity to leverage this expertise.

This integration allows for a more tailored and accelerated learning experience, ensuring that students can maximise their potential and contribute meaningfully to the field of mental health nursing. Our programme is committed to producing graduates who are not only well-versed in the latest advancements in mental health care but also compassionate, culturally sensitive, and capable of providing holistic support to individuals and communities. Join us in this dynamic two-year journey, where your passion for mental health nursing will be nurtured and your potential will flourish.

Why choose this course at Marjon?

A faculty of experienced professionals renowned for their expertise in healthcare education.

Immersive two-year format, coupled with three placements per year, ensures that you receive extensive hands-on experience in real-world clinical settings

Experiential learning approach allows students to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations, preparing them for the challenges of adult nursing

Marjon's focus on "Study Local, Stay Local" allows students to study in their own community while still accessing a world-class education

The programme places a strong emphasis on holistic care, recognising the importance of addressing not only physical health but also the emotional, social, and cultural aspects of well-being

Join a community of driven, compassionate professionals dedicated to making a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals and communities struggling with mental health challenges

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

The Marjon MSc in Mental Health Nursing is an intensive two-year program designed for passionate individuals seeking to excel in the field of mental health nursing. With three placements per year, students benefit from extensive hands-on experience in diverse clinical settings. The curriculum balances foundational knowledge in the first year with specialised expertise in the second year, ensuring graduates are equipped to address complex mental health conditions. Applicants with 750 hours of prior experience can integrate their expertise into the program. This holistic approach emphasises not only clinical proficiency but also cultural sensitivity and a commitment to community well-being. Graduates emerge as compassionate, driven professionals prepared to make a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals and communities facing mental health challenges.
What's this course all about?

1st Year

Biological and pharmacological aspects of health and well-being
Placement 1: Introduction to nursing practice
Evidence based practice, research methodology and clinical decision making
Placement: Applying evidence in clinical practice
Developing knowledge and skills in complex care
Placement: Integrated care for Nursing practice

2nd Year

Healthcare Management
Placement: Developing leadership and management in healthcare
Quality improvement
Placement: Improving safety and quality of care for those with complex needs in practice
Transition to practice
Placement : Transition to practice-consolidation and sign off

Please note: This course is subject to validation which means that it is either a new course or that the content is currently being updated. You can apply for this course now while some of the details of the course are being finalised by the University. Please contact the course leader if you would like further information.

This course is perfect if you're curious about...

The intricacies of mental health nursing

Applying your passion in a dynamic and immersive learning environment

Making a tangible difference in the lives of people facing mental health challenges

Developing a holistic approach to care and understanding the broader factors influencing mental health

Preparing for a wide range of roles in mental health nursing

What might you become?

On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Learning Disabilities Nurse. As a Learning Disabiltiies nurse, you may work in various settings, including hospitals, community health centres, residential care facilities, and schools. Your responsibilities could include assessing and planning care, administering medications, providing emotional support, and advocating for the rights of individuals with learning disabilities and difficulties.

Furthermore, this programme may open doors to advanced roles such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager or supervisor, or even positions in research or policy development related to learning disabilities nursing. Additionally, you may have opportunities for further education and specialisation in specific areas  or advanced practice nursing.

This programme prepares you for a fulfilling career dedicated to making a positive impact in the field of learning disabilities nursing.

Embracing the blend of expert-led education, diverse clinical exposure, and a supportive community, Plymouth Marjon University's Mental Health Nursing programme is a transformative journey that sets graduates apart as compassionate and skilled professionals in the field.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

The Mental Health Nursing programme at Plymouth Marjon University employs a diverse array of teaching methods to ensure a dynamic and comprehensive educational journey. This encompasses conventional approaches such as lectures, seminars, and tutorials, providing students with a strong foundation of knowledge and opportunities for interactive discussions. Additionally, e-learning platforms enhance accessibility and flexibility in study. Our focus on Personal and Professional Development Planning empowers students to take charge of their learning. Practical skill development and exposure to industry insights are fostered through workshops, peer learning, and guest speaker sessions.

Practice-based and Problem-based Learning, along with Interprofessional Learning, cultivate critical thinking and collaborative abilities. Personalised support is provided through Coaching and Mentoring.

How will you be assessed?

Assessment is meticulously designed to provide a comprehensive evaluation of students' knowledge and proficiency. This incorporates innovative tools like the ePractice Assessment Document (ePAD) and eOngoing Achievement Record (eOAR), facilitating continuous monitoring of progress and competency. Critical Reflection, Case Studies, and Essays create opportunities for in-depth analysis and the practical application of theoretical concepts. Neighbourhood Studies and Presentations promote the hands-on application and effective communication of learning.

Additionally, assessments such as Numeracy and Drug Calculation Skills In-Class Tests guarantee proficiency in vital clinical skills. The Dissertation culminates in independent research and a thorough exploration of a chosen area within mental health nursing. 

Course leader

Anne-Marie Lyons (Fitz) - an invaluable asset to our programme, with extensive local connections to Livewell Southwest, she brings a wealth of practical expertise to the course. Fitz has demonstrated her dedication and commitment to the field of mental health by serving across all areas of this critical discipline. This hands-on experience not only enriches he understanding but also translates into invaluable insights for our students. With he guidance, our students will have the privilege of learning from a true authority in the field


Hannah Ames

Senior Lecturer

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Paul Horne

Programme Lead for ECP and ACP

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Rebecca Horne

Pre Qualifying Healthcare Lecturer

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Sandy Knowles

Senior Lecturer

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Julie McCoy

Adult Nursing Programme Lead

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Frequently asked questions

Q1   What resources and facilities are available to students on-campus to support me in the clinical setting?

You'll have access to a rich array of resources and state-of-the-art facilities both on-campus and in clinical settings. Our campus boasts a cutting-edge simulation suite, which replicates real-world healthcare environments. This suite includes an acute ward, providing students with hands-on experience in acute care scenarios. Additionally, there is a fully equipped GP surgery, allowing students to practice primary care skills. To further enhance practical learning, we have a residential home setup for a realistic understanding of long-term care, as well as a mock flat to simulate home-based care scenarios. These resources provide you with a diverse and immersive learning experience, ensuring you are well-prepared to excel in various healthcare settings upon graduation.

Q2   How does the university support students in terms of career guidance and job placement after graduation?

Marjon is dedicated to guiding students towards a successful and fulfilling career path after graduation. Our comprehensive career support includes personalised guidance from experienced advisors who assist in resume building, interview preparation, and job search strategies. We also facilitate networking opportunities with healthcare professionals and organisations through career fairs and networking events. Additionally, our strong industry connections and partnerships with healthcare institutions provide direct pathways to job placements. Through workshops, seminars, and masterclass networks, we ensure students have the tools and resources needed to confidently transition into the workforce and embark on a rewarding career in Mental Health nursing.

Q3   What is the learning environment like at Plymouth Marjon University, and how is diversity and inclusion valued within the programme?

The learning environment at Marjon is characterised by its inclusive, supportive, and nurturing atmosphere. We believe that diversity is not just celebrated, but integral to the fabric of our community. Our commitment to inclusivity aligns closely with the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, which emphasises the importance of a diverse healthcare workforce in delivering high-quality care. We actively foster an environment where students from all backgrounds feel valued and empowered. This approach extends into the Mental Health Nursing programme, where we ensure that curriculum, teaching methods, and clinical experiences reflect a range of perspectives and experiences. 

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £20,000

As an employee, apprentices are paid a salary and through the Apprenticeship Levy of the supporting organisation, the following services are provided at no cost: tuition fees, tripartite reviews, End-Point Assessment (EPA), access to course-specific equipment and facilities including the Clinical Simulation Suite Associated academic services including the library, study skills training, IT support, student support and wellbeing services, and membership of the Student Union. Employers: For larger employers, apprenticeship levy funding can fully meet the costs of training, assessment and certification. For smaller employers, funding may be available to support fees.

Additional costs:

Additional costs:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check (Annual Update Service or dated within 6 months of the start of the course)
  • Evidence that an occupational health declaration has been completed prior to starting the programme
  • Evidence of all required vaccinations being up-to-date
  • Travel to and from placement
  • Accommodation and general living costs
  • Textbooks
  • Stationary
  • Printing/Photocopying
  • Membership of a Union (Optional but advised)
  • NMC registration on completion of the programme.
  • There may be some discretionary trips and other activities to support your studies

Funding available for this course

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