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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 3 years; Part-time: up to 8 years

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  • Course Fees

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Course Content

Course content

The MA in Mental Health Nursing is a pre-registration nursing programme for graduates leading to the award of an MA in Mental Health Nursing and registration as a Mental Health Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The programme is currently being revalidated and we expect to run the new Mental Health Nursing Masters programme as an MSc from September 2016.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/mental-health-nursing-pre-registration/

Why choose this course?

- Our lecturers maintain excellent practice links in their specialist areas locally, nationally and internationally.

- A dedicated practice education unit will support you with opportunities to practise in a wide range of wards, special units, prisons, health centres and other community settings.

- Skilled practitioners and nurse consultants deliver specialist teaching sessions.

- You will have access to specialist facilities including clinical skills simulation suites.

- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

- You will share your learning with other health care students -developing your teamwork skills and understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.

Professional accreditation

Successful completion of the programme will entitle graduates to achieve registration as a Mental Health Nurse with the NMC.

This course in detail

The course will be taught alongside the well-established and highly-regarded BA in Mental Health Nursing and our new four-year BSc Adult and Mental Health Nursing and BSc Children's and Mental Health Nursing.

We are currently redeveloping and revalidating all of our Pre-Registration Nursing programmes and we expect to run new MSc and BSc Mental Health Nursing courses from September 2016.

Working at master's level, you will focus on developing a knowledge base in mental health nursing that is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research.

You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health nursing. This will be informed by scholarship and research as well as critical awareness of current issues/development in the field.

You will acquire specific skills, knowledge and competence in your chosen field and more broadly will be enquiry focused, reflective, innovative, confident and self-aware.

You will complete a master’s level research project involving primary data collection; a service improvement project, a critical review of the literature, or other scholarly output and will be supported to publish your work.

Teaching and learning

In health and social care no professional group works in isolation. Oxford Brookes teaches a wide range of pre-qualification and foundation courses including health and social care, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, osteopathy, operating department practice, paramedic emergency care, and social work. You will share your learning with these other health care students. This is a key component of the course as it is essential to developing your teamwork skills and your understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.

We offer a very friendly and supportive environment in which to learn and consistently receive very high satisfaction ratings for our student support and learning resources in student surveys.

We have excellent teaching facilities, dedicated clinical skills suites and simulation resources, which include a very well-equipped movement laboratory, a family of computerised simulation manikins (including a simman©, simbaby© and birthing mother©), an extensive range of anatomy models and fully networked computer rooms.

We have excellent library resources, accessible both through the web and through a range of locally based facilities on university and NHS sites.

Information technology plays an important role in health care courses and a very extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through ‘Brookes Virtual', an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises.

How this course helps you develop

On successful completion of the MA in Mental Health Nursing, you will be able to:
- Deliver complex care to service users in your field of practice, demonstrating an ability to conceptualise the potential impact of associated factors.

- Act to safeguard the public and be responsible and accountable for safe, person-centred, evidence-based nursing practice, demonstrating a clear understanding of your personal responsibility in professional practice.

- Act with professionalism and integrity and work within agreed professional, ethical and legal frameworks and processes to maintain and improve standards, managing the implications of ethical dilemmas, working proactively with others to formulate solutions.

- Practise in a compassionate, respectful way, maintaining dignity and wellbeing and communicating effectively and act autonomously in planning, implementing and evaluating person centred care.

- Act on your understanding of how people’s lifestyles, environments and the location of care delivery influence their health and wellbeing, being able to adapt existing and new information to solve problems in a creative and innovative way.

- Seek out every opportunity to promote health and prevent illness.

- Work in partnership with other health and social care professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families ensuring that decisions about care are shared.

- Use leadership skills to supervise and manage others and contribute to planning, designing, delivering and improving future services, demonstrating an ability to negotiate and handle conflict with confidence.

- Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate evidence and an ability to utilise a range of techniques and research methods applicable to professional activity.


Graduates of the course contribute significantly to high-quality client care, the continued development of patient-centred care/therapy, and theory-practice integration.

Research highlights

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent.

Research areas and clusters

We have researchers with a range of experience, working in established areas including cancer care, children and families, drugs and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Over the past few years these researchers have won external research and consultancy contracts including grants, fellowships and studentships for NHS staff.

Our research staff collaborate with researchers from across Oxford Brookes University and from the Institute of Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, along with research teams from many other UK and international centres.

Our academic staff have extensive experience of NHS and general management at both senior and director level. They also have a significant record of research and publications on the topics of management and leadership. The currency of the course is also assured by the lecturers' close involvement in the health and social care sector and their movement between that sector and education.

Visit the Mental Health Nursing (Pre-Registration) (MA) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!




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