Taught in a Medical School at the heart of one of the UK’s largest healthcare regions, the MNurs Mental Health Nursing course provides you with many opportunities to gain experience treating patients from a wide range of different backgrounds and cultures. 

This innovative Masters of Nursing course will supply you with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to become a registered nurse in mental health nursing practice. Your development as a future leader in nursing will be enhanced through the development of clinical, research, leadership and quality improvement which are taken at Masters level. The School of Nursing has an active research programme and students undertaking the Master of Nursing will be aligned with one of our themes for the final year of the course.

You will be able to develop, manage, evaluate and disseminate the findings of a clinical research or improvement project in conjunction with the clinical academic and nursing management team. Through your extended knowledge of physiology and physiological changes to the clinical assessment of patients you will be able to recommend the use of diagnostic techniques to inform clinical nursing decisions.


First year (Foundation year)

The first year is designed to develop your understanding of holistic healthcare and nursing practice with people across the lifespan in each of the fields of practice.

You will share learning with students from all fields of practice and undertake placements and simulated practice experience with children, adults and the elderly. As well as examining these areas through study and simulated practical skills, you will gain invaluable practical experience by completing a number of placements which expose you to different populations and fields of nursing practice.

You’ll study the principles of nursing practice and nursing skills underpinned by relevant biological, pharmacological, psychological and social sciences and will gain an appreciation of the health and social needs of people and their families. You will also study core clinical skills and develop your academic and digital skills in order to gain an understanding of professional practice. The design of the course means that you may apply to change your field of practice at the end of the first year if you feel you have made a wrong choice, subject to availability.


Second year

You will study clinical modules specific to your field of practice and core modules which support your development as a nurse, these include the study of health promotion and healthcare in a social economic and political environment. There are 3 field specific clinical placements in hospital and community settings in your second year.

To progress onto year 3 of the Master of Nursing programme, you will need to have achieved an average of 55% or above in your assessed work at this stage. If you have passed all elements but your average grade is below 55% you will be transferred to the final year of the Bachelor of Nursing programme in order to complete your studies and achieve eligibility for nursing registration.


Third year

In year three you will focus on your academic development in research knowledge, leadership and on furthering career development. You will be able to explore potential nursing careers including a negotiated experience of your choice, either overseas or in the United Kingdom (UK). This aspect of the MNurs enables you to experience difference between clinical , academic and other nursing careers as well as potential for exposure to different healthcare systems. This will give you an understanding of the importance of leadership in nursing at a national and international level, its impact and potential for influencing health through leadership and/or research at a national and international level. Your experience could include for example, shadowing a relevant manager or management role, working in a research or clinical academic team or a short internship in a national or international healthcare or nursing related organisation or other related workplace setting. You could also be facilitated to consider a longer international or Erasmus placement.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a 4 week elective experience, either overseas or in the United Kingdom (UK). In the UK electives can be arranged in hospices, prisons and other specialist units. International electives can be in health care settings in any continent of the world. Examples of countries where students have visited recently include Australia, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Thailand, Tanzania, Greece, Canada and the USA. The elective enables you to experience differences in culture, clinical practice, healthcare systems and languages, which will benefit you as a Registered Nurse when managing care for people from different backgrounds and also gives an understanding of nursing as a global profession. It gives you the opportunity to further develop your self-confidence and organisational skills, through arranging your own elective experience with the support and guidance of academic staff.

You will also spend a further four weeks in a field related home placement to enable continuation of your clinical nursing skills. You’ll futher develop your knowledge of pathophysiology to underpin the clinical assessment and diagnosis module in year four.

A research governance module is taken at Masters level and will prepare you for the ethical study and practice of clinical nursing research in year four.


Fourth year

Year four is studied completely at Masters level and there is a strong focus on the development of research and leadership as well as the transition of your nursing practice to becoming a registered nurse in your field of practice. You will work in student teams with a relevant clinical academic and with practice partners to refine and develop a research project, which will take place throughout the academic year. Further teaching and supervision of research methodology and evidence critique will support this.

To enhance your clinical development you will take an advanced assessment and diagnostics module that will develop your clinical examination skills and knowledge of related diagnostic testing. This module will support post registration preparation as a nurse prescriber if your future employment requires this.

A final assessed management placement will be supported with development in your leadership and management attributes within the clinical environment. The module will help you evaluate and manage risk, consider safe delegation and supervision decisions, manage change and facilitate own and others learning.



Your nursing practice is continuously developed and assessed throughout the programme by specially prepared supervisors and registered nursing assessors using the region wide Midlands, Yorkshire and East Practice Assessment Document (MYEPAD). At the University of Newcastle, you will have the opportunity to practice nursing in some of the country’s leading healthcare foundation trusts gaining experience of a range of nursing environments and care settings including home, community and hospital settings in the Newcastle and Solihull area.

Throughout the programme your skill development will be supported through the simulated practice setting in the University. You will therefore undertake a range of diverse and exciting clinical placements, gaining a variety of experiences with a wide range of client groups, under the guidance of skilled clinicians.

In order to maximise your learning experience on clinical placements, practice placement teams organise teaching sessions, student forums and provide on-going clinical support for mentors and nursing students. Clinical link tutors from the University of Newcastle also provide support and guidance for students and mentors, facilitating student forums on clinical link tutor visit days and visiting placement areas regularly. Each year you will have a named academic assessor with responsibility for oversight of your practice progress.


Mental Health field of practice

You will have the opportunity to work with children and adolescents through to older adults with mental health problems. You will work in community, residential and hospital settings, gaining a wide range of clinical skills.


Why Study this Course?

  • The common first year maximises your learning and experience of holistic nursing and different healthcare environments.
  • You will benefit from our enquiry based and research intensive learning and teaching strategy to develop reflection and confidence in your future professional development.
  • Clinical skills and simulation teaching culminates in clinical assessment and simple diagnostic skill development and knowledge to support your postgraduate prescribing preparation.
  • Our strong partnership agreements lead to effective placements in Newcastle NHS Trusts.
  • Teaching on the course is delivered in the Medical School meaning you benefit from inter-professional learning opportunities studing alongside students studying medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and physiotherapy. This prepares you for working in today’s interdisciplinary healthcare teams.
  • You will be supported to develop leadership and citizenship beyond the planned programme including opportunities for a elective/civic engagement experience.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Nursing MNurs – Mental Health

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Single Honours





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (4 Years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

Modules in the first year

The first year of the programme is unique in that it provides you with an introduction to the theory and the practice of nursing across the lifespan and all fields of nursing practice.  As well as examining these areas through academic study, you will gain invaluable practical experience by completing 3 placements which give exposure to a variety of people and physical and mental health settings in which nurses and other health or social care professionals work – one of these placements will be in your chosen field of practice.

  • 40 credits – Essential Nursing Care
  • 40 credits – Principles of Nursing
  • 40 credits – Health and Wellbeing


Modules in the second year

You will develop your field of practice focus while also sharing learning with students from other fields of practice and other professional courses. You’ll focus on the practice of therapeutic nursing care in your field of practice  with further learning communication, health promotion, and clinical decision making.

Core modules

  • 20 credits – Promoting Health and Self-Management
  • 30 credits – Clinical Decision Making
  • 40 credits – Therapeutic Nursing Care in Mental Health
  • 30 credits – Evaluating Nursing Care in Mental Health


Modules in the third year

Modules are core to all fields in the third year. You will be able to select a negotiated elective in the third year of the programme in keeping with a leadership, research or other potential career theme. You will be facilitated to develop the underpinning research skills to study at Level M and ultimately support your progression in clinical research training/PhD if chosen. 

Core modules

  • 20 credits – Pathophysiology for Nurses
  • 40 credits – Research Methods
  • 40 credits – Negotiated Career Development for Nursing
  • 20 credits – Project Management and Research Governance 


Modules in the fourth year

In the fourth year you will complete your NMC proficiencies, skills and procedures within the clinical environment. All modules in the fourth year are studied at Masters level. Your academic development will focus on your clinical research and leadership skills as well as facilitating the development of advancing clinical assessment, diagnostics and decision making in preparation for the transition to registered nurse.

  • 40 credits – Leading and managing care teams 
  • 40 credits – Health and Social Care Enquiry
  • 40 credits – Advancing Clinical Assessment, Diagnostics and Decision Making in Mental Health Nursing

Entry requirements


Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)


International students starting 2019/20 (per year)




You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

On graduation and qualification you will have a highly regarded degree and eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practice as a Registered Nurse.


Our graduates are highly valued and the majority seeking nursing positions have secured employment or pursued further career-related training on completing the programme. Many of our graduates stay in the Birmingham area and work in the NHS, others move on to take up appointments in the UK and overseas. There are many varied career opportunities for nursing in clinical practice, management, research and education. Extensive restructuring in nursing as a profession and within the NHS means that a good career structure is now in place.

Take a look at our alumni profile pages to see what some of our students have gone on to do after completing their Bachelor of Nursing programme.

Our unique careers guidance service, Careers Network, offers a specialised team who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CV’s and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.


Professional Accreditation

Satisfactory completion of the Bachelor of Nursing programme provides you with the eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse. (Adult, Mental Health or Child).