Do you have experience in a healthcare role? Are you a graduate who cares about people? If you are keen to become a health professional and want to shape the future of nursing, read on to find out how we can help you achieve these objectives.
As a mental health nurse, you focus on the therapeutic relationship with those with mental ill health, and with their families. You provide the support and treatment to meet their physical, psychological, social, mental and spiritual care needs. More than anything else, mental health nursing requires empathy and compassion, to care about the people you are working with.
You will receive a contemporary and relevant nurse education programme, integrated into a University that is one of the UK's top 10 research institutions. We specialise in applied, multidisciplinary research, and also host the NIHR Research Design Service for the East of England.
This course will enable you to enter into an exciting and diverse career where you can have a real impact. As we focus solely on adult nursing and mental health nursing, you can study with us knowing that you will graduate with the best possible training in your field. Communication skills are essential to set patients at ease under pressurised and sometimes difficult situations, as is the ability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care offered to each patient. Of course, as a nurse, it is important to look after your own well-being and you will be encouraged to explore how to cope with the challenges that this career can bring.
Our MSc Mental Health Nursing (pre-registration) is one several options for studying nursing within our School of Health and Social Care, all of which lead to eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and an associated academic award; for a full list of the courses available, and information on all of the routes into Nursing available at Essex including our Return to Practice course, please see our department pages.
The cost of required uniform will be fully covered by the school.
In order to provide excellent clinical learning experiences for our students, we work in partnership with the NHS and with the independent health and social care sector across Essex to provide placement opportunities.
Whilst on placement you will have a mentor allocated to you, and contact with a member of the academic team linked to that placement. You will work with experienced nurses in a diverse range of clinical settings (primary and secondary care, public and private sectors, adult and the elderly, acute care and specialist services).
Whilst on placement you will have a mentor allocated to you, and contact with a member of the academic team linked to that placement.
You can choose to study this course at either our Colchester campus or our Southend campus - and your placements will correspond to the campus you choose. Colchester students will have placements in north Essex, while Southend students will have placements in south Essex.
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (mental health).
The School of Health and Social Care is located at two sites; in the Kimmy Eldridge building at our Colchester campus and in the Gateway Building at our Southend campus.
We have purpose-built nursing skills labs at both our Colchester and Southend campuses.
Within our School of Social Care, we have a range of specialist clinical laboratories and IT facilities to assist you with effective learning and the acquisition of new skills.
We offer excellent physical and online resources in terms of libraries, computer labs, datasets, archives and other research materials. You can take advantage of our links with the Institute of Social and Economic Research, which conducts large-scale survey projects, many for government, EU and other public agencies, and has its own library. The UK Data Archive is also based at our Colchester Campus and stores national research data.
Our first graduates qualified in 2006 and we already have graduates working in clinical and management positions in NHS trusts and independent hospitals and care organisations locally, around the UK and abroad. In addition previous graduates are also working in health research and nurse education.
96% of our postgraduate School of Health and Social Care students are in professional employment or further postgraduate study within six months of graduating from Essex (DLHE 2017).
“The real-life practical element of this course was invaluable in relating the theoretical knowledge learnt in the classroom to actual work carried out by nursing staff. After I graduated, I successfully secured a position as a mental health nurse with my local NHS Trust, against nearly 50 other applicants. The experience and confidence I gained from my course really helped me secure this position.”
Paul Sykes, MSc Nursing (Mental Health) ’11, United Kingdom
Please be aware that we are not able to accept applications for deferred entry for this course.
Our applicants should have:
You must also have: two satisfactory references (including an academic reference and one work-based). Don't worry if you cannot provide your reference when you make your application, as if we make you an offer you will be able to provide this at a later stage. References should be recent and verifiable, on official institution paper, signed and dated by the referee.
If a referee wishes to provide an email reference, it must be sent from the referee’s email account.
A satisfactory Work Health Assessment/Occupational health check and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS formerly known as CRB) – both of these are organised by the University.
The following documents should be submitted with your online application:
In order to gain entry to the programme you must demonstrate that you have both academic achievement and appropriate voluntary/occupational experience (see below “Successful sign-off of the APEL process”).
The requirements for the practical part are 575 hours in a care type setting. The APEL form states: ‘An appropriate setting is one that enables you to demonstrate types of practice i.e. health care assistant or working with children or adults in another setting’. The requirements for the theory are 575 hours from the third year of your undergraduate but the criteria are quite broad.
As part of the selection process, you will be expected to demonstrate good knowledge and a clear understanding of the scope of work that an adult nurse is required to undertake as well as the significance of the NHS Constitution and its core values (you can find further information on these on the Health Education East of England website and the Gov.UK webpages.
Interviews will take place from November 2017 to July 2018 for the September 2018 intake. If you are selected for interview, you will be required to sit a literacy and numeracy test.
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
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English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.
If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.
Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. These carefully selected modules will give you the chance to explore, question, and create powerful ideas. Picked to give you an extensive and in-depth education, they’ll equip you with the specialist knowledge, vital transferrable skills, and the confidence to make a genuine difference to the world around you.
There are four terms per year and the academic year is 46 weeks long. The programme introduces and develops the wide variety of mental health nursing skills. You will work with experienced nurses in a diverse range of clinical settings (primary and secondary care, public and private sectors, adult and the elderly, acute care and specialist services).
Alongside this experience, you are given the opportunity to rehearse practical skills in a safe environment. Attendance at all parts of the programme is compulsory and must be evidenced in order to register as a nurse.
We’re reactive, we’re pioneering, we never stand still, so modules might change from year to year in response to new developments and innovation. Those listed below show how a typical course might look, but more detail on course structure, including details of all optional modules, is available on our Programme Specification.
The Department for Health and Social Care and Health Education England have recently made some changes to postgraduate fees and funding. For up to date information on this please visit the department fees and funding page.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:
If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing email@example.com and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates.
Applications for September 2018 entry will be closing at 5pm GMT on 31 July 2018. Applications not fully submitted with all documents enclosed will not be considered.
Official transcript(s), in English or a certified translation of your academic results to date, showing marks or grades, must be provided at the time you make your application. (Transcripts are not required from current or previous University of Essex students, or from students who have previously completed a degree at Colchester Institute awarded by the University of Essex).
A personal statement with a 500 word limit to support your application saying why you wish to undertake the course and what you hope to achieve from it. If you require a Tier 4 visa to study with us, your personal statement should refer specifically to your reasons for wishing to study in the UK, and why you have chosen your area of study.
An up to date CV must also be provided with your application.
We will also require two references during the application process; one verifiable academic reference, dated, signed and on official institution paper. The second reference must be work-based and this will be dependent on which course you are applying for, it could be for example, from a registered nurse or equivalent outlining the care duties that you perform and to what standard.
Don’t worry if you cannot provide references when you make your application, as if we make you an offer you will be able to provide these at a later stage.
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