Please note that NMC accreditation is still pending for this course
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
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:
UCAS code N/A
UCAS institution code P63
Duration 2 years full time
Candidates must also complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which must be satisfactory prior to commencing the course .
Candidates must receive a satisfactory occupational health clearance prior to commencing the course. As part of the health clearance checks you will be required to provide information about your immunity and vaccination status. Candidates must prove they have been immunised against Rubella, Measles, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B. We strongly recommend that all successful applicants (unless exempt on medical grounds) receive a full course of Covid-19 and Influenza vaccinations prior to commencing the course.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) can be applied for but cannot exceed 50% of the programme. The only exception to this is if you are a registered nurse with an active PIN without restrictions, on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register and you wish to gain additional NMC registration in another field of nursing . In this instance, applicants can apply for more than 50% RPL/RPEL. All RPL claims for NMC programmes are assessed on an individual basis and approved by an external examiner as part of the School of Health and Wellbeing's RPL/RPEL processes.
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.
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
“ 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.”
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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