University of Derby

Nursing (Mental Health) with NMC registration

This course is underpinned by the desire to deliver kind, compassionate nursing care. It is a two year, full-time degree and supports those with a prior degree (2:2 or above) to become a registered mental health nurse at an accelerated pace. You will also need prior work experience in a service user context, allowing you to demonstrate the skills that underpin professional nursing registration. Your prior experiences will contribute to the learning opportunities within the course and together these will provide eligibility to register as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

We are proud to support the workforce needs of the local region - our course is delivered in the context of the local health care environment and we aim to support our students to practice as qualified nurses locally. By studying this course you can be confident that you will meet the standards and competences contained within the NMC Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (NMC 2010). The Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Nursing is an intensive course and you will need commitment, motivation and a desire to succeed.

A significant amount of time in practice will be spent working alongside qualified mentors, applying theory to practice to develop key clinical skills and the ability to work as a professional in practice. Throughout the course you will experience a wide variety of practice learning environments across the Derbyshire region. These practice environments include hospitals; community settings; private, voluntary and independent sectors. Whilst on placement you will be required to experience a full range of shift patterns relevant to the practice environment you are placed in.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 5 GCSEs Grade C or above including Maths, English and Science or equivalent
  • Honours degree 2:2 or above
  • Relevant professional work experience in a service user context equivalent to 450hrs (12 full-time (37.5hrs) weeks)
  • Experience of education or study within the last five years is preferred.

In addition:

  • You will be expected to complete a portfolio to evidence how your past experiences are relevant to a career in nursing
  • Admission is subject to occupational health screening and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • If English is not your first language you must have achieved at least level 7 in all four components of IELTS (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

Course modules

The course is delivered over two academic years; however it is separated into three equal parts called stages.

You will complete a range of modules to develop the fundamental knowledge and skills for safe, effective nursing practice where the interests of people using, or needing nursing services, are put first. These modules provide the foundation for you to develop a caring professionalism where you can be trusted in the care you provide.

You will study modules such as:

Stage one

  • Knowledge and Skills for Professional Nursing Practice
  • Care Across the Lifespan in Mental Health Nursing

Stage two

  • Research Skills for Evidence Based Practice
  • Complex Care Delivery Across the Life Span in Mental Health Nursing

Stage three

  • Leading and Managing Innovation, Improvement and Enterprise in Nursing (Mental Health)
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Principles of Long Term Condition Management
  • Developing Positive Approaches for People Living with Dementia

Assessment methods

During this course you will be assessed in both theory and in practice. Theory will be assessed through a range of formative and summative activities. The aim of formative assessment is to monitor the progress of your learning within a module and to generate feedback that can be used by lecturers to improve their teaching and by you to improve your learning. Summative assessments may be Pass/Fail or weighted to indicate how this assessment will contribute to the overall grade received for the module. A range of assessments are used in this course including seen and unseen exams; individual and group presentations, and more traditional course work such as assignments and reports.

Whilst in practice you are required to complete an Ongoing Achievement Record (OAR). The OAR is evidence that you have met the required standards and competences of nurse education. You will be assigned a mentor who will work with you at least 40% of the time and who will be responsible for the assessment of your practice.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 £ 10,500 per Academic year (Home) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Kedleston Road Campus Derby DE22 1GB East Midlands

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