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The MSc Crime and Justice provides an understanding of issues relating to crime and the criminal justice system, enhancing your career in this and related fields. Read more
The MSc Crime and Justice provides an understanding of issues relating to crime and the criminal justice system, enhancing your career in this and related fields. Tuition draws upon the expertise of research staff in the University’s well established Centre for Criminology.

You will examine a range of crimes and criminal behaviour, the context of crime and responses to it. In addition to core areas of study, you can choose modules and/or pathways to suit your career development. You will explore an area of interest to you, through a 20,000-word dissertation, and gain a thorough grounding in qualitative and quantitative research methods – invaluable skills for any profession that includes planning, analysis and evaluation.

On the Substance Misuse pathway, you will study a range of criminological modules and a module on drug interventions. This specialist module provides an insight into the nature and extent of substance misuse and responses to it, including prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement. Your dissertation will be related to substance misuse.

On the Youth Justice and Offender Management pathway, you will study the contexts in which offenders come into contact with the criminal justice system. The work of relevant agencies and systems that engage with those at risk of offending are also considered. Your dissertation must be related to youth justice and offender management.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/230-msc-crime-and-justice

What you will study

- Criminological theory
Explore the philosophical foundations of criminological theory and the way in which it relates to general social theory. You’ll examine the social and political contexts within which the various criminological theories have developed.

- Criminal justice – theory and practice
Learn about the general theories, principles, and models of criminal justice within a national and international context. You’ll examine the key institutions and processes that deliver criminal justice, and evaluate the interplay between them.

- Approaches to criminological research
Gain an understanding of the ways in which criminological research is designed and conducted. You’ll be given a broad overview of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research in criminology and criminal justice and will learn about the relationship between theories and methods.

- Criminological research in practice
Develop your understanding of the ways in which criminological research is designed and conducted, putting into practice both qualitative and quantitative approaches considered in ‘Approaches to Criminological Research’.

- Dissertation
A significant piece of research into an appropriate area of study.

Optional modules include:
- Violence and Homicide
- Policing in a Global Age
- Drug Interventions (specified for Substance Misuse pathway)
- Youth Justice and Offender Management (specified for Youth and Offender Management pathway)

Learning and teaching methods

You will learn through lectures, seminars and tutorials. Certificate (PgCert) and Diploma (PgDip) stages are taught in group sessions.

Teaching on the MSc Crime and Justice takes place in the evenings and at weekends specifically to enable you to continue to work alongside your studies.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This course provides the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in the criminal justice system, such as the police, courts, prison, probation services and youth offending services. You could also choose a career in government organisations such as the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Welsh Government and local authorities. Graduates also go on to careers within voluntary agencies such as offender rehabilitation, victim support, community safety, and drug treatment services. It is also an excellent basis for further research at MPhil and PhD levels.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include essays, critiques, written examinations, multiple choice tests, and oral and poster presentations. The MSc award requires a dissertation of around 20,000 words on an individual piece of research, which may be work-related.

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The Social Work MA programme aims to educate and train individuals to be reflective, research-minded practitioners who are able to work critically and professionally and in accordance with the principle of anti-oppressive practice. Read more

About the course

The Social Work MA programme aims to educate and train individuals to be reflective, research-minded practitioners who are able to work critically and professionally and in accordance with the principle of anti-oppressive practice.
Graduates who successfully complete this programme are eligible to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration.

The professional and academic elements are closely integrated throughout the programme. There are 170 placement days, with the working week divided between time in placement and time in the University.


This MA Social Work degree programme aims to provide high quality post graduate social work education and training to equip students with comprehensive pre-entry skills to work in any agency employing social workers in the United Kingdom.

Although the statutory sector is the major employer, increasingly social workers are being recruited into voluntary and private sectors in a variety of service provision roles including community-based, residential or day care services in the UK and abroad.

The programme seeks to encourage the personal responsibility of students to function as independent learners and to develop a critical and reflective appreciation of the role of social work in society.

The curriculum provides teaching in both academic and practice elements, which are fully integrated at Brunel University London. It is designed to ensure that learning occurs in an incremental way, with learning outcomes that develop across levels enabling students to demonstrate progression in professional knowledge, skills and values through two years of study.

Specifically, the programme aims to:

- Prepare students for critical and reflective professional practice according to the HCPC’s approval standards of education
- Equip students to practise ethical, innovative and effective social work practice that actively promotes social justice in a diverse society
- Integrate learning in academic and practice elements of the programme so that students have a holistic understanding of social work in variety of professional contexts
- Enable students to identify, understand and critically appraise evidence and research which can inform social work practice
- Enable graduates to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and apply for membership with the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).

Course Content

Compulsory Modules (year 1)

The Foundations of Social Work Practice
Social Work Theories and Perspectives
Life-span Behaviour and Development
Legal Frameworks for Social Justice
Social Policy and Sociology
Professional Skills Development I
Practice Learning I
Approaches to Research

Compulsory Modules (year 2)

Assessment and the Management of Risk and Complexity
Effective Practice with Domestic Violence, Mental Health and Substance Misuse
What Works in Social Work
Professional Skills Development II
Practice Learning II (100 days)

Year 2 Pathways (choose one)

Social Work with Children and Families
Main topics: working with children in need and child protection; theory, research, law, policy and practice; inter-professional workshops on the impact of parental problems including parental substance misuse and domestic violence; critical review of inter-agency and inter-disciplinary practice through serious case reviews; children looked after and leaving care and service user voices; theory and research specific to social work practice with children and families; risk analysis and risk management; the centrality of relation based practice in direct work and communication with children and young people; the family court system and skills in analysing and presenting case material.

Social Work with Adults
Main topics: the development of community-based care and support and integrated adult health and social care including ideological underpinnings and contemporary issues in policy and adult social work practice; person-centred and care management approaches to community-based adult social work practice; and adult practice specialisms.

Note: As this programme may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults, students will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application, previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. The application will cost £51.86 (this amount may be subject to change) and the University will send further instructions as part of the admissions process. For further guidance please email

Work Placements

Brunel University London has an excellent placement team that takes care to match students to appropriate children and families and adult social work placements within the London area. Placement providers have been consistently positive about their experience supervising post-graduate students and have frequently hired students back into permanent posts after they have completed their degree.


A wide range of teaching methods are used in the MA Social Work programme including lectures, seminars, workshops, coupled with individual tutorials and group tutorials to ensure large group learning is translated in a more discursive way. Assessments include essays, exams and presentations and students are expected to complete a total of 180 credits of assessed academic work along with a 60 credit dissertation.

Special Features

The programme is transitionally approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.
Students enjoy first-rate facilities in the new Mary Seacole Building.

We are one of the leading providers of university-based social work and social policy research in London and have attracted funding from, amongst other sources, the ESRC, the AHRC, Nuffield Foundation, the Rowntree Trust, the European Union, the Department for Education and Skills and the NHS.

Students benefit from close links with social care providers in local government and in the voluntary sector.

Service users and carers are crucial to our work, and our BEEC (Brunel Experts by Experience Committee) enables them to be involved at all stages of the MA, from interview to assessment.

Recent groundbreaking research into personalisation, service user involvement, Family Drug and Alcohol Courts, young onset dementia and youth and religion, amongst other areas, feed into our taught programmes, making them highly relevant and up-to-date. Our academics include the authors of best selling books on citizenship, community care and child protection.

Anti-oppressive practice has been at the core of our education and training philosophy for some years and this emphasis is evident in the teaching of this programme.

Brunel University has a long history of securing a range of quality placements across London and surrounding areas. We have substantial experience in working across the statutory and independent sector and have strong partnership links.

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Why this course?. We're accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to provide courses in independent prescribing (IP). Read more

Why this course?

We're accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to provide courses in independent prescribing (IP).

Successful completion of this course will result in the award of a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.

The course of study involves:

  • pre-residential course activity
  • distance learning material
  • two residential periods
  • a period of learning in practice, under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner.

You'll be awarded 30 ScotCat credits on completion of the course.

What you'll study

  • therapeutics from a choice of cardiovascular, respiratory disease, diabetes, substance misuse and renal medicine
  • communicating with patients & colleagues
  • prescribing & public health
  • care planning

You'll also undertake a Period of Learning in Practice (PLP). The aim is to provide you with opportunities to develop competencies in prescribing. This period focuses on the patient group(s) in which you'll be expecting to prescribe.

Course content

The course of study involves pre-residential course activity, distance learning material, two residential periods and a period of learning in practice, under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner. Students will be awarded 30 ScotCat credits on completion of the course.

Residential study

This element of the course is at Scottish Masters (SHEM) level 5 throughout. It's delivered through two residential periods that are taught here at the University of Strathclyde.

The first residential period of five days includes four classes, worth five credits each:

  • therapeutics from a choice of cardiovascular, respiratory disease, diabetes, substance misuse and renal medicine
  • communicating with patients & colleagues
  • prescribing & public health
  • care planning

Full attendance during the residential period is essential. 

The second residential period (one day) will normally take place approximately 12 weeks after the first residential period. It involves peer review sessions designed to demonstrate clinical and ethical practice.

Period of Learning in Practice (PLP)

The aim is to provide you with opportunities to develop competencies in prescribing. This period focuses on the patient group(s) in which you'll be expecting to prescribe. The PLP starts after the first residential period. 

The PLP is made up of a series of sessions (combination of full and/or half days) that involve prescribing and clinical activities. This should equate to a minimum of 12 days (90 hours), but is subject to decision by the pharmacist and their supervisor based on the challenges of the individual prescribing roles being adopted by different pharmacists.

This PLP time will be used to develop clinical skills including:

  • accurate assessment
  • history-taking
  • recognition and response to common signs and symptoms 
  • formulation of a working diagnosis

During this period you'll be supervised by a designated medical prescriber who will be responsible for confirming your competence to practice.

A portfolio providing evidence that the required time has been spent and the learning outcomes achieved will be submitted along with a statement of assessment from the designated medical supervisor.

The assessment will confirm the pharmacist's clinical competence in the area(s) for which they intend to prescribe.

The period in practice will normally be completed within 12 months of the residential course. 

Designated medical practitioner requirements

The designated medical practitioner must be able to confirm that they:

  • have had at least three years medical, treatment and prescribing responsibility for a group of patients in the relevant field of practice
  • work within a GP Practice or are a specialist registrar, clinical assistant or a consultant within an NHS Trust or other NHS employer
  • have some experience or training in teaching and/or supervision in practice
  • agree to provide supervision, support and shadowing opportunities, and are familiar with the requirements of the programme
  • will assess the progress of the pharmacist


Distance learning - completed before the first residential period

  • Therapeutics Assessment – MCQ and short answer
  • Prescribing and public health – short-answer

Residential period (1)

  • Formative OSCE for the care planning class

Distance learning – completed after the first residential period

  • Reflective essay on the formative OSCE
  • Reflective short scenarios on communicating with patients and colleagues

Residential period (2)

  • Summative OSCE for the care planning class

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This MA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme is designed to offer students, with or without a first degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, the opportunity to progress academically and professionally. Read more

This MA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme is designed to offer students, with or without a first degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, the opportunity to progress academically and professionally. The programme builds on expertise and specialist interests across the Criminology and Social Work programmes. It offers students and professionals the opportunity for Continuing Professional Development.


A distinctive feature of the MA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme is that it is delivered 100 per cent online, affording the busy student the flexibility to access postgraduate study while maintaining other commitments. The lectures are delivered via Moodle software, allowing excellent flexibility for times and days of study. Students will experience the programme and its online inter-active approach, its relevance to the work place and its challenging blend of modules both stimulating and supportive. This also means that the programme can be studied internationally.


The range of modules are contemporary and relevant to the current criminal justice landscape and will help to build on a number of key skills that enhance the student’s critical thinking and in turn, will thrive in a professional environment. Students will acquire an extensive range of generic skills which are widely accepted as providing an excellent preparation for many careers. In addition to subject skills and knowledge, graduates also develop skills in communication, numeracy, teamwork, critical thinking, computing, and independent learning. All are highly valued by employers.


The MA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme integrates theory, social research, skills and professional experience, preparing students with critical thinking skills for employment in the workforce in criminal and community justice related settings. The programme aims to:


  • Provide an advanced level programme for students wanting to critically analyse the theory and practice of criminal justice. 
  • Engage students in critically assessing and synthesising theoretical perspectives on criminal justice policy and practice.
  • Develop advanced appreciation of the complexities of working in the Criminal Justice arena.

Key Course Features

  • 100 per cent online delivery
  • Can be studied from abroad
  • Opportunities for face-to-face seminars
  • Excellent tutorial support and communication with lecturers

What Will You Study?

Trimester One

The MA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme begins with two core modules. The Advanced Research Methods module explores paradigms and methods for research in the criminal justice area as a prelude for the Research Project module to be undertaken by those progressing to the MA award. Students complete one other core module called Contemporary Crime and Justice which explores various types of offences and categories of offenders so that students develop a critical appreciation of how processes of justice understand and respond to particular types of offending.


Trimester Two

Students then have the option of completing two out of four modules which deal with issues of relevance across a range of criminal justice practice contexts. Attachment Theory has become increasingly important in child and adult context for understanding offending behaviour and so this module explores how attachment deficits are linked to crime. Substance Misuse is a cross cutting concern in a range of criminal justice contexts and therefore also forms the basis for a specific module of study. Negotiated Learning will give students the academic flexibility to study a topic of their own choosing, which could be related to their work. Finally, students have the option of studying Terrorism and its Consequences.


Each module is delivered weekly over 12 sessions.


Trimester Three

The MA concludes when students submit a Research Project based on primary research into an issue of criminological significance. 


The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

Each module (except the Research Project) requires students to complete a 5,000 word essay. Trimester Three requires students to complete a 12,000 word Research Project.

Glyndwr University offer excellent support for students with learning differences.

Career Prospects

The MA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme allows students to reach their vocational aspirations, making them stand out to a wide range of employers attached to the fields of:


  • Probation
  • Youth Justice
  • Police
  • The Prison Service
  • Substance Misuse Services
  • Community Rehabilitation
  • Homelessness Services
  • Voluntary Agencies
  • Law
  • Working with victims e.g. domestic abuse related charities.


With further postgraduate study, career paths open to graduates may include Counselling Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Social Work or teaching and research.

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The PGCert award offers the opportunity of postgraduate study for practitioners in social work and social care in settings beyond specialist child care, adult and mental health teams, for example. Read more

The PGCert award offers the opportunity of postgraduate study for practitioners in social work and social care in settings beyond specialist child care, adult and mental health teams, for example: YOT, homeless services, domestic violence, learning disabilities and substance misuse specialisms. For social workers this will provide evidence of their learning in order to meet HCPC requirements for renewing their registration. However, we would expect this course to be attractive to non-social work qualified staff as part of their continuing professional development (CPD) and career development. The core module aims to support practitioners to extend their knowledge and analytical skills in relation to their own CPD and to reflect on their capability in relation to their evolving scope of practice.

Candidates can enhance their academic qualification by progressing from one of the Centre for CPD PGCerts to complete a PGDiploma and then further with the MA. This is a generic route and provides a flexible and wide choice of modules. For the PGDiploma the candidate will complete a research module and choose 2 other modules from a broad range. The MA will involve a dissertation in an area of their specialist practice.


The University has been endorsed by the College of Social Work as a provider of CPD training.


Keynote lectures, seminars, tutorials, material for self-directed learning, e-learning, workshops will form part of university based learning provision.

Students will be required to link formal learning to their practice and will be encouraged to build on existing skills/develop new skills to consolidate their learning across the academic and practice fields.

Skills, values and knowledge will be developed through group discussions, group tutorials, presentations and practice learning opportunities.

The overarching teaching and learning strategy will enable students to develop cognitive skills which are appropriate to independent learning and postgraduate study.

A range of assessment methods will include essays, presentations, case studies, practice observation, reflective writing, practice portfolios, and personal development files.


Students who are enrolled with the School of Social Work, Care and Community may be eligible for international travel opportunities relevant to their study.


Aims of the course include:

-Enable students to critically reflect on and review their professional development to facilitate enhanced performance and service delivery

-Provide learning opportunities for students to critical reflect on complex challenges, current issues and new evidence-based practice research

-Develop and enhance students’ capacity for critically evaluating key theoretical knowledge, law and policy in relation social work and social care practice

-Provide learning opportunities for students to develop and to enhance decision-making skills in complex situations in social work and social care practice

-Enable students to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level

-Enable students to recognise the contribution, and begin to make use, of research to inform practice

-Provide an opportunity for students to undertake a research project in their specialist area of practice

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What is the course about?. Public health is the science and art of promoting and protecting health and wellbeing, preventing ill-health and prolonging life through the organised efforts of society. Read more

What is the course about?

Public health is the science and art of promoting and protecting health and wellbeing, preventing ill-health and prolonging life through the organised efforts of society.

This is a fully online, distance-learning course using digital learning technology to allow learners to study from anywhere in the world and better fit study around personal and professional commitments. Flexibility in the course start dates (September, January or May) and module choices in Year 2 helps provide students with a more bespoke learning experience designed to match learning needs, interests and aspirations.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for students who want to explore the current and emerging key issues in the field while reflecting on their own practice, experiences and interests. We are keen for students to collaborate with us in better understanding how public health works across research, policy and practice at the local, national and global level.

Public heath practitioner roles differ greatly in the work they focus on and in their specific job titles. Some examples of the types of roles include: Health Policy Advisor; Public Health Advisor; Substance Misuse Worker; Heath Improvement Practitioner; Public Health Nutritionist; Teenage Pregnancy Coordinator; Smoking Cessation Advisor; Advanced Health Improvement Practitioner; Environmental Scientist; Health/Education Advisor; Support Workers and many more.

Distinctive features

You will receive the relevant theoretical and practical skills that are needed for careers as researchers, policymakers and/or practitioners across the public, private and voluntary/community/not-for-profit sectors.

You will be provided with expert knowledge and different perspectives from across research, policy and practice, focusing on contemporary public health issues relevant locally, nationally and internationally. The course will be taught by research-active staff alongside input and additional materials from policy and practice partners. Co-creation of content is also a key feature we explore with the course, allowing us to shape the curriculum with our students to build on their experiences, expertise and interests.

Course design

Through the course, students will be supported to:

• Explore and understand public health theory and techniques appropriate to their own area of practice or interest.

• Gain first-hand insight into approaches used by researchers, practitioners and policy-makers.

• Develop as skilled and knowledgeable multidisciplinary public health practitioners and researchers.

• Develop practical and transferable skills such as report writing, team working, literature searching, research methods and critical appraisal.

• Develop as critical and independent thinkers.

Teaching and assessment

The MPH offers you the opportunity to graduate with a named award recognised globally for public health knowledge and expertise.

The flexibility of this course allows you to manage your studies around your professional and personal life. Further flexibility is provided by the diverse variety of optional modules available throughout the entirety of the course. To ensure that you are equipped with the necessary knowledge and capabilities to conduct a successful research project and complete your Masters, there are taught elements within the research project module designed to develop your understanding and practical abilities.

The MPH Course Director is Dr Tony Robertson. Teaching on the course will be provided by colleagues across the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, particularly from the Centre for Population Health and Public Health Research (led by Prof Andrew Watterson and Prof Sally Haw) and the Institute for Social Marketing (led by Prof Linda Bauld). Module Coordinators include Dr Dawn Cameron, Dr Nicola Cunningham, Claire Eades, Dr Josie Evans, Dr Niamh Fitzgerald, Dr Richard Purves, Dr Tony Robertson and Ashleigh Ward.


You will gain a Masters degree from a multi-award winning faculty, led by a group of world-leading academics.

Module Information

Year 1 core modules

What is Public Health?

Epidemiology & Its Numbers

What is Public Health Research?

Year 2 core module

Policy in the Real World

Year 2 option modules

Society & Health

Health Behaviours & Behaviour Change

Qualitative Research and Analysis

Quantitative Research and Analysis

Research Ethics and Governance

Year 3 module

Research Project

Why Stirling

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport was ranked 1st for health research in Scotland and 12th in the UK, showcasing our commitment to produce world-leading research that improves health and reduces health inequalities.

Stirling is one of only two UK universities ranked in the top 50 by the QS World University Rankings, for universities under the age of 50. This recognises universities that have established a strong position in international ranking tables in an impressively short period of time.

The University of Stirling was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2013 for its public health research.


It is possible to achieve:

·        Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (60 credits – 3 modules)

·        Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (120 credits – 6 modules)

·        Master of Public Health (120 credits plus a research project of 60 credits)

What is the credit level?

All modules are at level 11 within the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). 180 credits points are awarded for the course of study. All core and optional modules are worth 20 credits, with the research project worth 60 credits.

Entrance requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant relevant work/life experience, are also encouraged to apply.

Course start date

This course is 100% online and only available part time over three years. There are three possible start dates: September, January or May (although a September start date is recommended).

Get in touch

Tony Robertson, Course Director Telephone: UK +44 (0) 1786 466360


Website: http://stir.ac.uk/public-health

Join our Twitter community: @StirMPH

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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Nursing (Mental Health) at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Nursing (Mental Health) at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

NO TUITION FEES to pay for UK and EU students - our NHS bursary is available to Nursing programme 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 Nursing (Mental Health) 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: The Nursing 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: Nursing graduates will be eligible to apply for Registered Nurse status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Why take the Nursing (Mental Health) 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)
  • Nursing graduate starting salary of £22,128
  • 92% of Nursing 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 Nursing 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

MSc Nursing (Mental Health) Course Structure

The 2-year MSc in Nursing (Mental Health) 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 for the MSc in Nursing 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 Nursing (Mental Health) 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.

The Nursing (Mental Health) programme has been designed to develop the students’ personal and professional attributes, knowledge and skills required of a newly registered nurse.

The Nursing (Mental Health) course does not follow the usual University term times. The 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 (Mental Health) 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 Nursing (Mental Health) 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 Nursing (Mental Health) 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.

Fees and Funding for Nursing (Mental Health) Course

There are no tuition fees to pay for the MSc Nursing (Mental Health) for UK / EU students.

To be eligible for WEDS funding international students must have residency for 3 years (working and living) in the United Kingdom. EU area students can also apply. Standard fees apply for international students.

FUNDING: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities. 

Careers in Nursing (Mental Health)

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.

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This higher degree is aimed at clinical professionals from all backgrounds involved in the delivery of acute, chronic, and integrated pain services in primary or secondary care. Read more

This higher degree is aimed at clinical professionals from all backgrounds involved in the delivery of acute, chronic, and integrated pain services in primary or secondary care. Combining cutting-edge research with an international reputation for clinical excellence, the UCL Pain Management MSc is ideal for anyone wanting to improve the lives of people living with pain while also accelerating their own career.

About this degree

Students will learn:

  • Research methods and ethical principles underpinning pain research
  • Health economics and social impact of pain
  • Clinical governance of pain services
  • Pathophysiology of pain
  • Pharmacology of pain and therapeutics
  • Managing pain in cancer patients including post-chemotherapy pain
  • Management of headache and abdominopelvic/urogenital pain
  • Managing pain in children and adolescents
  • Strategies for the self-management of pain
  • Neuromodulation for chronic pain
  • Pain management with mental health, substance misuse and multiple morbidity
  • Community pain management strategies

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, eight core modules) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, four core modules) is offered.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Pain: Economics, Evidence Delivery (15 credits)
  • Acute Pain (15 credits)
  • Chronic Pain (15 credits)
  • Pain in Cancer Patients (15 credits)
  • Headache, Paediatric Pain & Abdominopelvic Pain (15 credits)
  • Strategies for the Self-Management of Pain (15 credits)
  • Neuromodulation (15 credits)
  • Pain in the Community (15 credits)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.


Successful completion of the MSc requires a 5,000 to 8,000-word dissertation on a topic that is relevant to the candidate's own clinical practice and has been covered, at least superficially, at some point in the programme. The options for the dissertation will be discussed with each student but can include, where possible, joining clinical research at the UCLH Pain Management Centre, study in-depth of topics, preparing for higher (doctoral) research, etc. Students will have two supervisors and a mentor.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered via a specially-designed online learning environment with additional workshops and discussions to support students on the journey towards making a real difference for people living with pain. 

Assessment is based on reflective practice, video presentation, and short written assignments. 


Clinical placement is not a required component of the programme. However, for students wishing to see practice in the UK or specialist pain management practice at UCLH, short clinical placements can be arranged. The Pain Management Centre at UCLH is busy and accommodates a large number students and specialist trainees. Therefore, please consider your goals for any placement in advance. 

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Pain Management MSc


For a comprehensive list of funding opportunities available at UCL visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

In addition to the funding options available from UCL Scholarships and Funding, a small number of bursaries are available to reduce the programme fees by up to £4,000. Candidates interested in applying for a bursary should indicate this in their application. Applicants will then be asked for further information if their application is successful.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


This programme is the ideal solution for:

  • Nurses and allied health professionals wishing to pursue senior (Band 7+) roles in the NHS
  • General practitioners involved in the delivery of chronic pain services
  • Junior doctors wishing to develop and demonstrate clinical interest in pain management and/or the pain component of training in anaethesia
  • International doctors wishing to develop their expertise in pain management
  • Osteopaths and chiropractors with an interest in pain management.


Combining academic excellence with UCL's reputation as London's global university and our strong links to industry, the prospects for graduates of this programme are excellent. Whether you wish to continue with patient care in the NHS or private sector, pursue doctoral research, or work in industry and innovation, this programme will equips students not only with the knowledge and skills but also the networking links and opportunities to take their career to the next level.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This exciting programme will provide graduates with the knowledge and opportunities to accelerate their careers in pain management. This is ideal for anyone pursuing a senior clinical position, health management role, or research and development or industry career.

Beginning with the socio-economic impact and moving from acute to chronic pain states before arriving at more complex pain conditions and interventions, this programme develops the knowledge and core skills required of an advanced pain practitioner.

With innovative modules on managing pain in the community and UCLH's international expertise on headache and abdominopelvic pain, students are exposed to unique learning opportunities. 

Recognising the growing specialist field of neuromodulation, we have developed among the world's first modules dedicated to the subject. This gives students the knowledge to develop their own services or care for patients with devices already in place.

The programme is delivered via a specially-desinged online learning environment. Recognising that the subject matter is often academically and emotionally demanding, optional workshops with programme tutors are available at the Bloomsbury campus and via video conferencing. In addition, online small-group tutorials supplement the online learning content.

Our flexible design allows students from all over the country, and world, to share their experiences and learning styles to enrich each other's academic experience. This is the only UK-based pain management degree offering students the choice of fully online or blended delivery.

UCL and UCL Hospitals (UCLH) Pain Management Centre has an international reputation for both cutting-edge research and innovative clinical services. Students on this programme will benefit from teaching from global experts at an institution that consistently delivers world-class research output. Graduates can expect to be academically confident and ideally placed to pursue doctoral (PhD) level study with UCL upon completion.

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The Department of Social Work has a longstanding tradition of providing excellent social work education and training and has produced a wide range of research that has been highly influential in the development of social work practice. Read more
The Department of Social Work has a longstanding tradition of providing excellent social work education and training and has produced a wide range of research that has been highly influential in the development of social work practice.

The MSc Social Work is an accelerated programme for applicants who already have a first degree and want to embark on a career in social work; the course will fully prepare you for a professional career in the statutory or voluntary social care field.

This Masters degree runs in close partnership with local social care agencies and local authorities based in inner and outer London boroughs. The course is a combination of a taught and practice curriculum, where you will undertake two fieldwork placements in addition to the College-based teaching over the two years.

We welcome overseas and self-funding students.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/socialwork/coursefinder/mscsocialwork.aspx

Why choose this course?

Students have said the following about this course:
- “Lectures are delivered by experienced practitioners and leaders in the Health and Social Care field.”

- “The teaching is of a high standard and lectures are interactive with opportunities for small group activity.”

- “Staff are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and professional.”

- "There is excellent support for mature students, especially those with childcare and family commitments.”

- “I am a final year student and proud to be a postgraduate student at Royal Holloway.”

Department research and industry highlights

Since its inception, the department has developed a reputation for delivering high quality research across a range of areas by engaging with matters of public concern. In the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 45% of the department’s quality profile was ranked 3-4*.

- A team of researchers in the department recently conducted a major study into leadership in health and social care services.

- Two members of staff are currently completing a small-scale study into decision-making in the field of child and family welfare.

- The department hosted the Centre for Trauma and Abuse studies and continues to maintain strong links with this centre.

- The department runs the most successful Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Studies in partnership with 28 London Boroughs and has been designated a Centre of Excellence.

Course content and structure

The MSc in Social Work is a two-year course that runs over two academic years, and is based at Royal Holloway’s Egham campus. The course is full time and students are expected to attend from 9am - 5pm, both in College and while on placement. The course integrates theory, research, policy and practice in social work, and the academic and practice programmes run concurrently.

- Course structure and organisation
In the first year you'll attend College four days a week during the first term. In the second term you are on placement (70 days) from Monday to Thursday and in College on Fridays. The placement continues in the third term. There are occasional block weeks on placement and Recall Days when you need to attend College.

In year two you'll attend College on Mondays and Tuesdays and are on placement (100 days) the rest of the time. Again there are occasional block weeks on placement and Recall Days when you need to attend College. Please see information about placements for more details regarding the practice element of the course.

- First year courses
Practice Learning 1: preparation for practice. .

Social Policy for Social Workers: gain an understanding of social policy issues related to social work.

Human behaviour in the social environment: gain knowledge about psychology in relation to working with service users.

Child observations: develop observation skills that are relevant to social work with all service user groups.

Theories and knowledge for Social Work practice: gain knowledge of theories and approaches used to understand how to work with service users.

Law for Social Work: learn about law relating to working with services users.

- Second year courses
Critical Social Work: issues relating to working with service users and about different service user groups e.g. adult and child safeguarding, assessments, working with asylum seekers, substance misuse, working with resistant service users.

Choose one of three optional seminars depending on your area of interest: mental health, child and family welfare or vulnerable adults.

Practice Learning 2 - critical reflection: students explore and reflect upon their practice in seminar groups.

Research methods: Students learn about research methods in preparation for their dissertation.

Understanding and working in organisations: learn about the legal obligations, structures and cultures within organisations and how these impact on policy, procedure and practice.

- Support
Students are provided with one to one support from: Academic Tutors, who'll support you throughout the course; Placement tutors and Practice Educators; Dissertation Supervisors in the second year.

Royal Holloway provides range of wider services that support students including the Educational Support Office, Student Financial Advisor, Counselling Services, Students’ Union and Careers Service.

On completion of the course graduates will have advanced knowledge of:
- sociology, psychology, social policy and law and their application to social work practice

- the contribution and application of social research to social work theories and practice

- the range of statutory, voluntary and private welfare organisations within social work agencies and in health, housing and educational environments

- the range of theories and methods needed for effective social work practice

- the social and individual origins of a typical range of problems presented to social care agencies

- values and ethics relevant to social work practice

- the significance of inequalities and difference in working with organisations and social service users

- the significance of cultural diversity and anti discriminatory practice in working with organisations and social service users.


Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations, presentations and a dissertation. Students are also required to successfully complete one 70-day and one 100-day practice-learning placement.

Employability & career opportunities

The MSc in Social Work qualifies graduates for careers in statutory and voluntary social work. Qualified social workers can continue their professional/academic development through taught post-qualifying programmes or research opportunities within the department. This course also equips you with the subject knowledge and a solid foundation for continued PhD studies.

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This two-year programme is designed for people who want to qualify and practice as a professional social worker. Social work is a demanding but highly rewarding profession, which is often in the public spotlight. Read more
This two-year programme is designed for people who want to qualify and practice as a professional social worker.

Social work is a demanding but highly rewarding profession, which is often in the public spotlight. As a qualified social worker you will be able to work with both children and adults, helping them to be safe so that they can cope and take control of their lives again. You will work with them to assess their needs, find what will help them, build their self-confidence and link them to other services. This requires an ability to appraise complex and difficult situations, drawing on social science research, social work theories and methods of intervention. You will need a thorough understanding of social policies and a firm grasp of the legal powers and duties that underpin your practice.

The MSc in Social Work combines university-based learning with two extended periods of supervised practice as a student social worker in a social work agency. Completion of the degree will make you eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and practise as a qualified professional social worker in a range of areas including statutory, voluntary, private and independent sectors.

You will develop an understanding of the structural and personal factors that lead to disadvantage, oppression and discrimination and learn to apply this understanding to your practice. You will develop skills as a reflective practitioner, appraising relevant evidence, including research, to evaluate your own and others' work, and to contribute to the development of policy and practice.

Programme structure

First Year
Social Work Studies
-Social Work with Children and Young People
-Social Work with Adults
-Mental Health Social Work
-Housing and Homelessness
-Substance Misuse
-Domestic Violence

Applied Social Science and Law
-Human Growth and Development
-History and Contemporary Context of Social Work
-Organisations and the Professional Task

Foundations of Social Work: The Professional Role
-Critical Thinking Skills
-Professional Values and Ethics
-Social Work Theory and Methods
-Integrative Groups
-Skills based workshops

Practice Learning 1
-Preparation for Practice
-Communication and Interviewing Skills
-Practice Development Groups
-70-day Practice Placement

Second Year
-Social Work Studies 2
-Social Work with Children and Families OR Social Work with Adults
-Mental Health Social Work with Adults
-Child and Adolescent Mental Health
-Community Social Work Practice

Research in Social Work
-Research Methods in Social Work

Practice Learning 2
-Preparation for Practice
-Practice Development Groups
-100-day practice placement
-ASYE Workshops


Completion of the degree will make you eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and practise as a qualified professional social worker.

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Research profile. Our Nursing Studies postgraduate students have an outstanding record of contributing to the knowledge and evidence base in nursing. Read more

Research profile

Our Nursing Studies postgraduate students have an outstanding record of contributing to the knowledge and evidence base in nursing. The programme also has a strong tradition of welcoming students from overseas, as well as the UK.

Our main areas of research activity and development currently relate to the themes of experience of health and illness, and organisation and policy for person-centred care.

The main areas of study we can supervise for doctoral research are:

  • critical care
  • emotions and care
  • maternal health
  • addictions and substance misuse
  • public health
  • community care and leadership
  • pain management
  • cancer care
  • nursing education
  • patient safety and quality issues.

We have expertise in a range of qualitative and quantitative and mixed methods research approaches.

Read more about our research on our website:

Nursing Studies research

Training and support

The MSc by Research in Nursing Studies provides students with an advanced understanding of research design, data collection and data analysis issues in nursing.

The programme is designed for qualified practitioners and graduates and enables students to develop their understanding of debates about research, evidence and practice in relation to nursing and related fields.

The distinctive features of this degree include:

  • integration of generic social science and discipline-specific nursing studies research training and development;
  • social science approaches to research training in nursing studies; and
  • close links with other disciplines including medicine.

The PhD/MPhil programme is an advanced research degree enabling you to conduct in-depth independent research on a topic of your choice.

Normal progression for PhD/MPhil in nursing involves spending the first year preparing for the main research work; taking research training courses, reviewing literature, and developing your research proposal.

Progression to year two of the programme is dependent on a satisfactory outcome from a review board. Typically, the second year is spent doing the body of the research, usually empirical data collection and analysis, and the third year is spent completing the analysis and writing the thesis.

You will be able to attend a wide range of postgraduate seminar courses from across the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. There is the opportunity to attend other courses in Nursing Studies as well as a wide range of postgraduate seminar courses within the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and related disciplines across the University.

Nursing studies PhD and MPhil students join a 50-year tradition of scholarship. Our students share courses with others from a wide variety of disciplines.

Those doing higher degrees by research usually undertake research training courses, as well as carrying out their own research. PhD students normally have two supervisors, one of whom may be from a different discipline relevant to your interests.

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New Master's Scholarships available. Find out more and apply.

The Master of Science in International Addiction Studies (IPAS) course offers students cross‐cultural exposure to critical prevention and treatment practices, as well as research and policy issues in the field of addiction. This programme provides unique opportunities to study addiction in its broadest sense and examine key issues from an international perspective.

Key benefits

  • A unique programme that focuses on the similar international trends in policy, global epidemiology of substance-related morbidity and mortality, and evidence-based treatment and prevention practices.
  • Exclusive online access to lectures produced exclusively for the course by International experts in the addictions field.
  • Course members are considered students of all three universities concurrently with access to all online resources available from each of the partners.
  • You will receive personalised support from our dedicated module leaders throughout the course.
  • Course graduates will receive a triple-badge diploma jointly conferred by the three teaching institutions.


The Master of Science in International Addiction Studies (IPAS) course is a unique collaboration of three of the world's leading research universities in the field of Addiction Science: The Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London, the University of Adelaide, and Virginia Commonwealth University. This partnership offers three nested graduate programme options available to graduates around the globe via distance learning. You will have access to the latest information on topics ranging from the biological basis of addiction and treatment as well as prevention and policy. The course will help you to compare global perspectives and translate this knowledge into more effective prevention and treatment practices and evidence‐based policies worldwide.

The course is made up of eight modules totalling 200 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will take two years to finish.

Course format and assessment

Pre-recorded lectures are audio-streamed within the Virtual Learning Environment and delivered online. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

The primary method of assessment for this course is based on participation in non-synchronous online discussions, written assignments and unseen examinations.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme have taken leadership roles in clinical settings, working as drug workers, substance misuse nurse specialists, psychologists, addiction psychiatrists and managers of addiction services. 

Our graduates have also taken policy positions in national and international organisations, while others have undertaken further academic research and gone on to complete a PhD or a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

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This intensive programme is for graduates from any discipline wishing to train and qualify as social workers. Read more

This intensive programme is for graduates from any discipline wishing to train and qualify as social workers.

Through a combination of academic and professional modules, you will focus on both the social science knowledge base of social work, and on developing your practice-relevant knowledge, skills and values through 200 days of practical learning.

Taught by qualified social workers with a range of practice specialisms and research interests, this course offers exciting opportunities to learn alongside students from related professional disciplines including occupational therapy, teaching, nursing and medicine, mirroring the interprofessional nature of social work practice.

Users of social work services, carers and experienced practitioners are also actively involved in the course and the delivery of teaching sessions. 

The postgraduate diploma (PGDip) can be taken as an alternative and shorter route to obtaining a postgraduate social work qualification with students learning alongside MSc students in all except the dissertation module. It is also available as an early exit award to those registered on the MSc who opt not to take the dissertation module but meet all other requirements of the PGDip.

The MSc and PGDip are both approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, the regulatory body for social workers and other health professionals. All students will address the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers throughout the course, alongside the former College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).

Course structure

In line with the guidance of the College of Social Work, students undertake 200 days of practical learning across the course. This involves 30 days of developing practice skills within the university, a 70-day placement in year 1 and a 100-day placement in year 2.

Learning in practice is supported by periods of study at the university, directed study (with a range of learning materials) and small-group practice tutorials. The course reflects the interprofessional nature of social work, with opportunities for shared learning experiences with education, nursing, medical and occupational therapy students.

Areas of study

Year 1 introduces core skills, theories and approaches for social work practice in its interprofessional context and fosters a critical understanding of key law, policy and human growth across the lifespan.

Year 2 focuses on more complex and accountable practice together with the development of more specialised skills and knowledge. There is also a focus on research in social work and the critical use of evidence to underpin own practice.

It is possible to take the PGDip as a standalone qualification in 15–18 months, or as an early exit award for those registred on the MSc who choose not to take the dissertation module but who meet all other PGDip requirements. 


MSc and PGDip

  • Lifespan Development: Social and Psychological Contexts
  • Legal and Policy Contexts of Decision-Making in Social Work
  • Practice Learning 1
  • Decision-making in Assessment, Risk and Protection
  • Contemporary Social Work Practice
  • Practice Learning 2

MSc only

  • Research in Social Work: The Dissertation

Careers and employability

Social work is a rewarding career for those committed to improving the life opportunities and wellbeing of others, whilst promoting rights and social justice.

Registered social workers generally have little trouble finding employment. There are many relevant vacancies advertised locally and nationally, and there continues to be a demand for social workers both in established posts and with agencies who provide temporary staff to statutory organisations.

Social workers can specialise in many different areas, including working with children, youth offending, family centres, older people, disabled people, mental health services, homeless people, asylum seekers and refugees, and substance misuse.

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Sign up to the King's Postgraduate Health & Life Sciences Open Evening - Wednesday 14 March 2018. 

New Master's Scholarships available. Find out more and apply.

Our Addiction Studies course provides postgraduate education in addictions, with a particular emphasis on recent biological, psychological and socio-environmental advances in the conceptualisation of drug use and addiction and its effective prevention. Your theoretical understanding of the subject will be positioned within the context of policy development, focusing on facilitating the transfer of knowledge and skills to the workplace.

Key benefits

  • Provides advanced graduate education in the field of addictive behaviours, concentrating on supporting students to embark on further higher study or to translate their learning into their workplace.
  • Provides students with access to the expertise of leading addictions researchers and senior clinicians.
  • Flexible structure with optional modules covering science, practice, policy and management in the addictions.


Our Addiction Studies course is designed for students and professionals interested in the conceptualisation, treatment and prevention of addictive behaviours. It provides a widely recognised qualification with an integrated multi-disciplinary teaching and learning approach to the problems of use, dependence on alcohol, nicotine and other psychoactive drugs, and other addictive behaviours.

Our course recognises that its students come from a variety of backgrounds with the goal of extending their theoretical knowledge and practical skills beyond those related to the subjects that they studied at undergraduate level. For example, a nurse or youth counsellor may wish to increase their knowledge of molecular biology or psychopharmacology, while psychology graduates may wish to increase their knowledge and familiarity with treatment options. It is for this reason that our course starts with introductory modules that ensure all students, regardless of their background, have a basic understanding of the core concepts that underline the clinical, scientific and public health aspects of addiction before they embark on individual research and a more rigorous exploration of these areas. The purpose of the course is therefore to equip graduates, clinicians and others for the next stage of their career within the field of addictions.

Course format and assessment

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

Examination (50%) | Coursework (30%) | Practical (20%)

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

Career prospects

Our graduates follow a variety of careers, including clinical specialist/director, positions in local or national organisations requiring understanding of policies dissemination at local, state, national and/or international level, manager of addictions services, drug worker, substance misuse nurse specialist, psychology assistant, research assistant, or undertake further study, such as PhD or the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

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If you're looking for a rewarding career in health, becoming a registered mental health nurse allows you to make a positive impact on the psychological wellbeing of others. Read more

If you're looking for a rewarding career in health, becoming a registered mental health nurse allows you to make a positive impact on the psychological wellbeing of others.

Visit the website: http://bucks.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/school-of-pre-qualifying-nursing-and-v-h-c/nursing-mental-health-with-nmc-registration-ft-1718

Is this course for me?

This two-year course allows graduates with an honours degree to take the next steps towards a rewarding career in nursing. As a graduate you already have many transferrable skills needed to succeed, including ability to organise, work within a team and manage your time. Your degree means you can complete your nursing qualification and register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) faster.

What will this course cover?

Working with mental health patients can be demanding and complex. We help you develop the necessary personal and professional qualities an employer would want in a nurse. As well as learning about policy and procedure, you will develop important attributes such as empathy and compassion. Additionally you'll learn how to cope with challenging situations and will leave the course feeling confident in a clinical setting.

Nurses working in this field require excellent communication skills. As part of the practical element of the course you will work with other health professionals to manage patients and attend to their specific needs. The mix of contact hours and work placements means when you finish the course you'll have all the necessary skills to enter the workplace as a registered nurse and deliver a high standard of care.

Practical Placements

During stage one and two you will spend time in three clinical settings for approximately 20 weeks in each year. In stage three you will undertake three weeks of placement and an additional four weeks if you choose.


We prepare you for the workplace with training that gives you all the qualities of a good nurse. We also have good links with the NHS through our partnership with local NHS Trusts.

As a mental health nurse you will plan and deliver care for patients in hospitals, residential units and patient's homes. You may also find you will develop expertise in a particular area such as substance misuse or adolescence mental health services.

Although typically most registered nurses will work within hospitals there are other opportunities such as working within the prisons or mental health service. As you gain experience as a nurse you will be offered opportunities to progress to positions of responsibility and leadership roles. Within nursing there are many opportunities in related clinical, educational and management roles.

After completing your Postgraduate Diploma you are eligible to register for the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). At this point you also have the option to extend your qualification to an MSc by completing a dissertation.

How to apply

Apply here: http://bucks.ac.uk/applynow/


We are awaiting confirmation from the Department of Health on the approach to funding postgraduate education for September 2018 entry onwards.

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