If you have a relevant bachelor's degree, this new pre-registration master's degree course gives you the chance to undertake a mental health nursing course leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council at master's level.
There are two stages to this course, the first being the one-year Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Care, and the second a two-year MA in Mental Health Nursing. Applicants with a nurse registration (other than Mental Health Nursing) may apply directly to the two-year MA. Alternatively you may be able to apply for some or all of the credit for the Graduate Diploma through submission of evidence of relevant certificated or experiential prior learning (AP(E)L). Presently the course is not offered part-time.
Mental health nursing requires a high level of skill and sensitivity. This course aims to develop you to become a skilled, sensitive, confident and responsive mental health nurse. A key goal is to develop your skills in therapeutic communication and your understanding of the uniqueness of individuals and the ways in which people experience mental health problems.
The core mental health modules focus on the understanding and management of psychological development and mental health problems and the outcomes of these for individuals, families and the wider society. They also allow you to develop the clinical competence, knowledge and skills you will need to practise effectively and with confidence when you graduate.
Throughout the course, you will benefit from an interprofessional approach to learning in which some modules will be shared with other health and social care students. This type of learning will help to prepare you for work in the current health care environment.
Students interested in this course are encouraged to attend an Undergraduate Open Day, which will include information about the Graduate Diploma and the MA programmes.Other study options
Full-time: 3 years
Part-time: 5 years (maximum). Part-time route is not available to applicants entering the first year of the programme.
The course will be taught alongside the well-established and highly-regarded BA Mental Health Nursing course offered by Oxford Brookes University.
Working at master's level, you will focus on developing a knowledge base in mental health nursing, which is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research.
During Year 1, you will undertake a Graduate Diploma and then progress onto the master's route for Years 2 and 3. You may be able to enter directly into Year 2 by providing evidence of prior experience (APEL) or if you have a degree in a health/nursing/science related subject. If you wish to study part-time, you can complete the course over a maximum duration of seven years, undertaking the Graduate Diploma over two years and the master's route over five years.
You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health nursing. This will be informed by scholarship and research as well as critical awareness of current issues/development in the field. You will acquire specific skills, knowledge and competence in your chosen field and more broadly will be enquiry focused, reflective, innovative, confident and self-aware.
You will complete a masters level research project involving primary data collection; a critical review of the literature, or other scholarly output.
No professional group in health and social care works in isolation. Oxford Brookes teaches a very wide range of pre-qualification courses and foundation courses including health and social care, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, operating department practice, osteopathy, paramedic emergency care, physiotherapy and social work. This gives all our courses a strong multiprofessional focus, and you will have many opportunities to share your learning with students from these other health and social care professions. This is a key component of your learning as it is essential to develop your teamwork skills and your understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.
Graduates of the course will contribute significantly to high-quality client care; the continued development of patient-centred care/therapy, and theory-practice integration.
Upon successful completion of the MA in Mental Health Nursing, you will be able to:
English language requirements
If English is not your main language then you will also need to show that your English is at a high enough level to succeed in your studies.
You will need
For more information see your course details.
Please see our complete list of acceptable English language qualifications.
No work experience is required.
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