University of Essex

University of Essex

Mental Health Nursing

This course is 1 of 4 options for studying nursing, all of which lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and an associated academic award; our programme aims: to provide a comprehensive teaching environment that facilitates the development of safe and effective mental health nurses; to develop the capacity in our students to work autonomously in contemporary mental health settings and within associated legislation; to enable our students to demonstrate client-centred communication and interpersonal skills when working with people in mental distress; to assist our students to value theoretical understanding and practice evidence based decision making in mental health nursing; to instil reasoned comprehension of professional values and the role of reflection in continuous professional growth as a mental health nurse; and finally, to develop within our students the capacity to lead, manage and work within multi-professional mental health team; we also educate pre-registration physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, clinical psychologists and oral hygienists as well as providing on-going professional education for qualified health and social care staff; this means that students not only study alongside other health professionals learning with them, but they also get the opportunity to learn expert knowledge from them; all of our Masters level pre-registration programmes are offered as accelerated programmes; this means our students have the advantage of interprofessional learning (IPL), encouraging professionals to learn with and from each other � an understanding that helps to ensure our students have the expertise to respond adequately and effectively to the complexity of their service user needs, and ensures that care is safe, seamless and of a high standard.

Entry requirements

Lower 2nd Class degree in biological science or social science or equivalent; interest in people and nursing, satisfactory CRB check, level of health and fitness, standard of literacy and numerac; residency as required by the department of health; IELTS 7.0.

Course modules

Stage 1:nursing skills module (a); assessment and diagnosis of clients within a mental health context; care of the person who lacks capacity; foundations in nursing practice; interprofessional working and practising; negotiating and planning care: understanding complex mental health needs; research in health care. Stage 2: engaging recovery processes with clients who have ongoing mental health needs; health policy and integrated governance; leadership and preparation; nursing skills module (b); nursing skills module (c); organising nursing care delivery in acute settings; research activity.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a research project.

Sponsorship information

Subject to residency, fees are paid by the Workforce Development Confederation and students are eligible for a means tested NHS bursary.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 13,950 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, School of Health and Human Sciences
Telephone number: 
01206 872719