Masters degrees in Nursing & Health provide advanced training and qualifications for a wide range of important medical and healthcare professions.
Some programmes form part of advanced qualification and registration pathways for work in nursing, midwifery and counselling.
Others are designed to offer continuing professional development. If you are a registered healthcare practitioner, a postgraduate degree may allow you to add to your existing skills and perhaps move into new specialisms. Popular areas include Paediatric Nursing, Neonatal Care, Mental Health Nursing and Occupational Health.
Programmes may award full taught or research-based Masters qualifications, but shorter Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates are also available.
If you are already a qualified nurse, counsellor, therapist or midwife, a postgraduate course could help you move to a more senior position, or enter a different niche. A wide range of specialisms are available, giving you the chance to focus on professional activities such as caring for premature babies, supporting parents and infants in the community, or helping combat diseases and other threats to children.
In some cases you may also be able to use a Masters in Nursing or Midwifery to enter these areas from another branch of medicine. Or you might take on additional postgraduate training in order to move into a general administrative or management role within a hospital or other organisation.
Information in these tables is based on the 2014/15 publication of the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Longitudinal Survey, produced by the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency. Data is given for graduates of UK Masters degrees and other level 7 postgraduate courses, after 3.5 years. Some figures have been rounded.
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).
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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:
Module 1 – Introduction to Nursing
Module 2 - Living with Long-term and Chronic Conditions
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.
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.
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.
This programme is for registered nurses or midwives who want to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register as a specialist community public health nurse (occupational health). It offers you the opportunity to gain registration as an occupational health nurse and for academic development at master’s level.
You develop public health practice knowledge and skills in addressing health inequalities and the health needs of the working population, through development of expertise in hazard and risk assessment, health surveillance and protection, sickness absence management and public health leadership skills, to enable you to contribute to improving the health of the working population.
You study evidence based practice and the factors which impact on the health and well-being of the working population; the recognition of hazards and risks within the working environment, the application of health and safety legislation, health surveillance and sickness absence management skills within the workplace; public health, personal leadership philosophies and behaviours and their application within organisational settings; public health nursing practice, legal and ethical dimensions also designing and managing a service evaluation.
Modules offered may vary.
Where you study
The programme comprises 50% theory and 50% practice within an integrated approach. Practice based learning – you are allocated a practice teacher by your sponsoring organisation who facilitates your learning in practice and is responsible for the assessment of your competence in practice.
How you learn
Teaching methods include lecturers, seminars, experiential learning, scenarios, problem based learning, case study work, simulations, action learning sets, and peer led seminars and discussions.
Learning in practice is supported with the development of a practice progress file, which includes self-assessment activities, learning contracts, learning logs, reflective dialogue and discussion with practice teachers, mentors and academic staff.
How you are assessed
Assessments include examinations, a defended poster, essays, case study analysis, research proposal and simulations. Practice is assessed via the practice progress file through the mechanism of the tripartite meetings which include you, your practice teacher and your academic mentor.
Following successful completion of the required theoretical learning outcomes (120 credits at master’s level) and the specialist community public health nursing practice competencies (NMC 2004) you are eligible to register as a specialist community public health nurse (occupational health) and are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing).
Following completion of the PgDip in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing) an opportunity will be available to continue your studies and complete a 60 credit master’s level dissertation module leading to an MSC Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing). This is undertaken as one year part-time or six months full-time study after SCPHN (OH) registration with the NMC. It must be completed within five years of commencing the PgDip.
The course prepares you to work as an occupational health nurse and to take practice forward to meet the challenges of improving health within a wide range of workplace settings.
Studying the MSc Nursing programme will enable graduate students to practice effectively within a professional values base in a variety of health and social care settings: emphasising compassion, communication and dignity in care. You’ll gain an advanced understanding, knowledge and the skills required in becoming a first level qualified nurse with a sound portfolio of clinical and interpersonal skills, preparing you for your preferred career pathway.
Successful completion of this programme will lead to a dual academic and professional qualification:
Academic - MSc Pre-Registration Nursing (180 credits at Level 7)
Professional - Registered Nurse (Adult or Mental Health) - registered with the NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council)
ADULT NURSING FIELD
MENTAL HEALTH NURSING FIELD
This course aims to prepare graduates for future employment as a registered nurse, primarily within the NHS and independent health care sectors.
Registered nurses have a wide variety of career pathways open to them, which include:
The School of Nursing is committed to the values and principles of the NHS Constitution and these are integral to this programme. Our approach aims to foster a culture which embraces the NHS Values of:
UCLan is one of the foremost providers of health and welfare education in the UK and is committed to excellence in learning, teaching and research. But don't take our word for it… we have been awarded the highest independent quality assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education for the design, content and management of our curricula, student achievement and standards of teaching.
Our student selection process is underpinned by the National Values Based Recruitment strategy. The selection process has to provide evidence that the future students would aspire to a high standard of excellence in professionalism which is consistent with the NHS values i.e. working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives, and everyone counts.
Service users, carers and the wider community are actively involved in the development, delivery and running of this programme. Service users and carers share their experiences with students at the University and are involved in providing students with feedback in clinical practice, as well as being involved in recruitment and assessment activities.
We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university and career pathway ambitions.
Please Note: Applications for this full-time course should be made via UCAS.
Develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to promote and protect public health and wellbeing. You will be equipped for a variety of roles in health promotion and public health, working for local authorities, health services or in the voluntary sector.
Led by a committed team of academics and specialists in the field, you will be introduced to the 'social' model of health rather than the predominant 'medical' model, enabling you to focus on how people and communities can be empowered to improve their health and how public policy can create healthier societies. You will also investigate the psychology of behaviour change and how people learn about health. The research strand will enable you to critically appraise evidence and develop research skills.
We have been providing specialist postgraduate health promotion training for more than 40 years, and our courses are informed by all the dynamic changes currently taking place in public health in the UK and globally. This course is recognised by the Institute of Health Promotion and Education.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.
Our course is recognised by the Institute of Health Promotion and Education, and our contacts with practitioners in the public health community are well established, both regionally and nationally. We have a track record for our evaluation work, research with communities, commitment to tackling inequalities in health, and in providing an evidence base for practice.
Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and countries, giving a chance to share experience, learn from each other and develop collaborative practice. A large number of our students have continued their career as public health consultants and health promotion specialists.
You will have the skills to commission, design, plan, implement and evaluate health promotion interventions. Our graduates are working as health promotion specialists, public health consultants, public health service managers, researchers, lecturers and in a range of other health and wellbeing roles at policy, planning and management levels.