M.A. Mental Health Nursing (Pre-registration)

Oxford Brookes University | Oxford , United Kingdom
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.



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
  • MSc Adult Nursing (Pre-registration)
  • MSc Children's Nursing (Pre-registration)
  • BA Mental Health Nursing
  • BSc Nursing Studies (Distance Learning)
  • MSc Nursing Studies (Leadership in Clinical Practice)
Why Brookes?
  • We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) and a campus in Swindon (Ferndale), equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites and resources.
  • We have our own osteopathic clinics: Mill Court in Headington, Oxford and at Ferndale Campus in Swindon, offering a full range of osteopathic treatments to students, staff, NHS staff and the general public.
  • Our courses are open to a wide range of health and social care professionals providing highly flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed-mode options (including opportunities for e-learning, blended and distance learning).
  • We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.
  • Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice area and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.
  • Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international level.
  • We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
  • Oxford Brookes is rated internationally excellent across a broad range of subjects in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 70% of our research in Allied Health Professions and Studies was rated as being of international significance, of which 10% was rated as world-leading.
  • Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development
  • We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline as early as possible
Tuition fee
  • EUR 16160 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 16160 Year (EEA)


Start date
Duration full-time 36 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Course length

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:

  1. Deliver high-quality essential care to all.
  2. Deliver complex care to service users in their field of practice.
  3. Act to safeguard the public and be responsible and accountable for safe, person-centred, evidence-based nursing practice.
  4. Act with professionalism and integrity and work within agreed professional, ethical and legal frameworks and processes to maintain and improve standards.
  5. Practice in a compassionate, respectful way, maintaining dignity and wellbeing and communicating effectively.
  6. Act on your understanding of how peoples lifestyles, environments and the location of care delivery influence their health and wellbeing.
  7. Seek out every opportunity to promote health and prevent illness.
  8. Work in partnership with other health and social care professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families ensuring that decisions about care are shared.
  9. Use leadership skills to supervise and manage others and contribute to planning, designing, delivering and improving future services.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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Specific entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (or equivalent) preferably in a health/science related subject. We will however also consider applications from graduates with non health-related degrees.
  • 5 GCSEs, including Mathematics, English Language and a science subject (ie Chemistry or Biology) at grade C or above.
  • Two recent references, at least one academic.
  • Experience of paid or voluntary work within a health care environment or relevant to your chosen field.
  • Successful performance in the selection process (including an individual interview).
  • All applicants must be screened for fitness to practise.
  • A Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check will be made

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

  • IELTS 6.0-7.0 (normally with 6.0 in reading and writing and a minimum of 5.5 in listening and speaking);
  • TOEFL ibt 78-95 overall (with 20 in reading, 19 in writing, 18 in listening and 21 in speaking),

For more information see your course details.

Please see our complete list of acceptable English language qualifications.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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