MSc Mental Health Nursing

Course Overview

NO TUITION FEES to pay for UK and EU students - our NHS bursary is available to applicants who have lived in UK for last 3-years. To receive funding from the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme, students will have to commit to working in Wales for 2 years following the completion of their course.

EMPLOYABILITY: 99% of Nursing graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2016)

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Nursing graduates can expect a starting salary of £22,128 rising to £34,000 for a highly-experienced staff nurse.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: This programme is open to graduates with a 2:2 degree or above who have a minimum of 750 hours’ experience of working in health related environments, such as care homes, hospitals, community or homecare.

ACCREDITATION: Graduates will be eligible to apply for Registered Nurse status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Key Features

Why take this course?

Winner of the Student Nursing Times Award 2014 – Pre-registration Nurse Education Provider of the Year

  • Up 20 places from 33 to 13th for Nursing in the National Student Survey, 2014. First in Wales (NSS, 2015)
  • Ranked Top 20 in the UK for Nursing (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • 99% of Nursing graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2016)
  • Graduate starting salary of £22,128
  • 92% of students say that overall, they are satisfied with the quality of the course (Unistats 2016)
  • Ranked 14th out of 71 (NSS 2015)
  • Ranked 26th out of 71 (Times and Sunday Times 2017)
  • Some modules are available in Welsh
  • Supported by a large number of healthcare providers plus strong links with health boards
  • Wide range of clinical experiences within South West Wales
  • You will be taught by qualified nurses, doctors and allied health professionals, many of whom still work in clinical practice

The College of Human and Health Sciences has state-of-the-art facilities for students of Mental Health Nursing in Swansea including a clinical practice suite which allows students to learn practical skills in realistic surroundings.   There is also a clinical and technical skills resource centre.

Take a look at our facilities here

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Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHNM08Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)60Introduction to Nursing (Mental Health)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHND08Academic Year60Dissertation (Mental Health)
SHNM10Academic Year30Managing Complex Care in Deteriorating Situations (Mental Health)
SHNM11Academic Year30Leadership and Decision-Making (Mental Health)

Description

The 2-year MSc Nursing is open to applicants who have already completed an honours degree and have a minimum of 750 hours’ experience in a healthcare setting in the last year.

The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the changing demography in the wider population and the emerging health needs. A range of teaching and learning strategies are implemented to engage the learner including simulation, practice learning, lectures, skills rehearsals, and online digital learning resources.

Practice based learning is central to the students’ development, and students will spend 40 weeks of their course on placement.  Here they will gain experience in a diverse range of nursing settings, including community, nursing homes, and hospitals.

This programme has been designed to develop the students’ personal and professional attributes, knowledge and skills required of a newly registered nurse.

Entry Requirements

This programme is open to graduates with a 2:2 honours degree or above and a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English/Welsh. 

Applicants will be required to demonstrate the achievement of 750 hours of relevant clinical practice, working in health related environments, such as care homes, hospitals, community or homecare.

Students whose first language is not English need an IELTS score of 7.0.

Any offer made is conditional, subject to:

  • Evidence of recent study (within the last five years)
  • Satisfactory academic and character references
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, or an approved equivalent.
  • Occupational Health clearance

How To Apply

Students wishing to apply for MSc Nursing should call +44 (0) 1792 518531 or email chhsadmissions@swansea.ac.uk for further information about the programme and application process.

Please view our  Vaccination Policy for Applicants

If you suspect you have a latex allergy, discuss with Cathy Anthony c.anthony@swansea.ac.uk in Occupational Health before applying.

Applicants should also familiarise themselves with the NHS Wales Values and Standards of Behaviour.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time WEDS N/A

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus. 
  • Photocopying and buying stationery, USB sticks
  • Buying recommended books, although the campus library  will have all the texts you need
  • Hiring robes for graduation and  tuxedos if attending the ball
  • Uniform is provided but students need to buy a fob or pocket watch and appropriate footwear
  • Buying a stethoscope and pocket mask, through CHHS

Fees and Funding

Student Awards Services implements the NHS Wales Bursary Schemes, which provides funding for healthcare students on NHS funded courses in Wales. If you are considering a professional career in health care and would like to know more about the financial support you will get during your training, then please contact:

NHS Wales Student Awards Services,

Floor 4

Companies House

Crown Way

Cardiff

CF14 3UB

Bursary Enquiries: 02920 905380

Childcare Enquiries: 02920 905381

Email: abm.sas@wales.nhs.uk

Website: www.nwsspstudentfinance.wales.nhs.uk

Visit our MSc Nursing funding page for more information.

You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities. Current students can find out more here about fees and funding for standard undergraduate degrees.

Course Structure

This course does not follow the usual University term timesThe academic year starts in early September and ends late the following August. 

50% of the teaching for Nursing students will take place in healthcare placements, and the other 50% will be taught at university.

The MSc Nursing is made up of five modules:

Year 1:

Module 1 – Introduction to Nursing

Module 2 -  Living with Long-term and Chronic Conditions

Year 2

Module 3 – Managing Complex Care in Deteriorating Situations

Module 4 – Leadership & Decision-making

Module 5 – Dissertation

Teaching is based on a social model and students will be taught to appreciate healthcare and the well- being of the patient in the wider context. A range of teaching methods will be adopted in order to provide a stimulating learning environment. These will include; lectures, guided reading, seminars, discussion groups, scenarios, distance learning, practical sessions, simulated practice and Enquiry Based Learning.

Assessments will enable students to develop creative, critical thinking and decision-making skills. Students will learn how to deal with real-life situations in the form of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), poster presentations and will even write a journal article ready for publication.

Careers in Nursing

Job prospects are very good for Swansea University Nursing students, 99% are employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating.

Mental health nurses help people of all ages and backgrounds to cope with life challenges. As your career develops you may choose to specialise in areas such as elderly care, crisis intervention or substance misuse. You could also become involved in education, research, or management roles.

Nursing graduates can expect a starting salary of about £21,000 rising to £34,000 for a highly-experienced staff nurse. Specialist nurses and practice managers can earn £45,000. Pay scales from the Royal College of Nursing website can be viewed here

There has never been a more exciting time to join the nursing profession. Most mentally ill people are not cared for in hospital but in the community. Mental Health nursing students might be based in a community health care centre, day hospital and outpatients department or specialist unit.

Recent alumni now work locally as ward managers, staff nurses and as community nurses. Take a look at our employability pages to read our graduate success stories.