Institute of Health

Mental Health Nursing

MMHN Full-time 2 years

Nursing is a demanding profession which requires hard work, commitment, the ability to problem-solve, work independently and contribute to care as part of a team.

Nursing is a demanding profession which requires hard work, commitment, the ability to problem-solve, work independently and contribute to care as part of a team.

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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award MMHN
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

Nursing is a demanding profession which requires hard work, commitment, the ability to problem-solve, work independently and contribute to care as part of a team. This demanding route is designed to meet the needs of highly motivated graduates, looking to rapidly advance their career within the nursing profession. This course has been closely developed with local Trust partners to reflect the increasing and rapidly changing requirements in patient care provision.

Our Master’s of Mental Health Nursing course adopts a person-centred approach to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide safe and effective nursing care for individuals of all ages experiencing mental distress.

It will enable you, if successful, to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practise as a registered Mental Health Nurse in a range of diverse health and social care settings. As a student on this course, the experience you gain will allow you to pursue a range of pathways. In addition you will also have exposure to patients from other areas including adult and learning disability nursing. The opportunities you have coming into nursing are vast: working clinically, becoming a manager, working in a research environment, working abroad and in education.

The course will be split 50% in a clinical practice environment and 50% in an academic setting of the University. As well as graduating with a Master’s degree, upon successful completion you will be able to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Upon completion of the course, students will be able to practice as a registered nurse in the field of Mental Health Nursing.

What happens on the course?

50% of your course will be situated in the University and 50% placements in a variety of practice areas.

During some of the course delivery, Post Graduate Diploma, Master’s in Adult Nursing, and Master’s in Mental Health Nursing students are taught together to utilise opportunities for shared experiential learning. You will study a range of academic core (all fields of nursing) and field (mental health-focused) modules based on theory and practice experiences.

Year 1: Recognition of Prior Learning

Year 2 Semester 1:

  • Fundamental skills for safe and effective nursing practice 7NH073 (Core module 20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of patient safety and quality improvement in mental health nursing 7NH075 (Field module 20 credits)

Year 2 Semester 2:

  • Evidence-based decision-making in mental health nursing 7NH077 (Field module 20 credits)
  • Developing nursing practice 7NH078 (Core module 20 credits)

Year 3 Semester 1:

  • Advancing skills for evidence-based mental health nursing practice 7NH080 (Field module 20 credits)
  • Professional enquiry 7NH081 (Year-long core module 40 credits)

Year 3 Semester 2:

  • Preparing for your transition to registrant ( Mental health nursing) 7NH083 (Field module 40 credits)
  • Professional enquiry 7NH081(Year-long core module 40 credits)

The development of complex mental health nursing practice will be acquired from a variety of community and acute settings reflecting the key drivers within the health sector. Academic mastery will be cultivated through problem-based learning approaches with opportunities for skills simulation in our laboratories. Learning will be supported by academic experts and researchers in the field of nursing and inter-professional learning with other healthcare disciplines.

A lot of what you’ll do on the course is based in the skills labs, giving you the opportunity to test out your skills in a safe environment. Placements include providing nursing care to some of society’s most vulnerable people including the elderly and those who are physically ill or have a physical or mental health problems. In order to ensure all the people you care for are protected and kept safe, you will be expected to abide by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidance for student nurses.

As a student nurse, you are required to work shifts, including weekends and bank holidays. Shifts can be in the day or at night to ensure you gain experience of the different types of care patients receive at different times of day.

Placements for Mental Health Nursing at Wolverhampton City Campus will be across the Black Country and you will be expected to travel.

Travel expenses to University placements will not be funded.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Successful completion of Master’s in Mental Health Nursing will lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), opening up the prospect of many jobs in clinical practice; hospital or community settings; research; teaching; or managerial roles.

Mental health nurses work in a variety of diverse settings caring for adults of working age and older people who are experiencing mental health problems. Mental health nurses work alongside many other professionals including social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and GPs to plan and deliver person-centred care. Registered nurses continue to study after they have qualified, often in a specialist area, as they develop their career paths within the UK or working abroad.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

We have invested in our state-of-the-art skills facilities at both City Campus and Walsall Campus.  The City skills labs have an immersive simulation suite, meaning we can change the environment without moving the students – so we can recreate a road traffic accident, simulate someone who is having an acute mental health crisis, or produce an imitation intensive care unit. Through these simulations, you will get a sense of the environment you may end up in when you are in clinical practice and apply appropriate responses. At our Walsall Campus we have new, expanded clinical skills laboratories, which provide a safe, non-threatening environment for teaching and practice.  The skills and simulation facilities include several mock hospital ward rooms, a mock bedsit, and a terraced house to practice in as well as using the latest technology with access to an anatomage table. The facilities are Panopto-enabled, which allows sessions to be filmed and played back to give a patient’s eye-view. We also have skills labs at Telford and Burton Campuses.

Work started in October 2021 on a new £5million health and social care training centre. The new Marches Centre of Excellence in Healthcare, Allied Health & Social Care will provide state-of-the-art training facilities for the next generation of health workers at our Telford Campus.

You will gain hands-on experiences in a variety of places including hospitals, the community, and excellent nursing/residential homes, where you work alongside a range of healthcare and other professionals. You will experience opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning across all nursing pathways and with midwifery, social work, and social care.

When you apply to the University of Wolverhampton, you will be allocated your placement areas usually within a local trust depending on availability. Students always evaluate this well as it means you get to know your local Trust – the Trust gets to grow their own workforce, and you as the student have a greater chance of earning a job at the end of your course.

All of the staff that teach you on this course are registered nurses. You will benefit from the team’s expertise, which draws on a wealth of different experiences including: acute inpatient care, community care, and experience as advanced nurse practitioners, ward managers, and commissioners.

As a registered mental health nurse you will:

  • meet the NMC Standards of proficiency for pre-registration nursing education.
  • provide nursing care that is safe, effective, and ethical, and assume full responsibility and accountability for your own practice as a nurse registered on the NMC register within the legal framework of the country in which you are employed.
  • reflect upon and critically evaluate evidence to reach sound nursing judgements and exercise effective decision-making in complex situations within the mental health sphere of practice.
  • critically examine the impact of political, professional, and social contexts on your provision of person-centred mental health nursing care within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  • effectively apply your learning to identify, manage, and lead enterprising innovations and service improvements in mental health nursing practice.
  • demonstrate competence in the use of advanced technologies to quality assure, enhance your mental health nursing practice, and maintain your life-long learning.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Read further information regarding interview preparation

  • All candidates must hold an Honours degree (Bachelor) at 2:2 or above. 
  • Candidates must have GCSE grade C/4+ (or equivalent) in Mathematics and English.
  • Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses or GCSE Equivalence Tests from other institutions or organisations.
  • Applicants who are not from the UK are required to have an English Language Qualification IELTS level score of 7 or above.
  • Post graduate applicants will have to demonstrate a minimum of 720hrs experience (paid or unpaid) in a health care setting in order to establish caring attributes, commitment and resilience for a career in nursing. This experience must involve hands-on direct patient care assisting with activities of daily living to include areas such as patient hygiene and mobility. The portfolio wil provide applicants with the opportunity to demonstrate how their prior degree and healthcare experience contribute to the knowledge and skills nurses are required to achieve by the end of their training alligned to the NMC Future nurse: Standards of proficiency (2018). Applicants must demonstrate competence through completing a reflective portfolio in order to meet the NMC requirements for a shortened course and fulfil the NMC requirements of accreditation of prior learning.
  • All applicants are required to complete a recognition of prior learning experience portfolio as evidence as part of the entry requirements. Failure to meet deadlines of submission of evidence would result in withdrawal from the application process. All offers are also based on a satisfactory occupational health report and receipt of a satisfactory enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) certificate.
  • There will be continuous opportunity for you to submit evidence for your portfolio however it has to be completed by June 2022 and all outstanding admission requirements by July 2022
  • Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory personal statement and reference (academic or employer).
  • All offers are subject to a successful values based interview
  • For applicants that were born outside of the UK and who have not lived in the UK for a period of 2 years at the time of application, this means that you will be required to undergo an international criminal record check via our on-line DBS process. The process and timescales vary from country to country so it is important you give this your utmost attention and priority. For further information relating to these checks please visit and
  • Applicants who are classed as ‘overseas’ for fee purposes ( will still be considered as long as their country of domicile is the United Kingdom and who do not require Student Visa sponsorship or are in the UK on a Tier 2 visa. Please note than an offer of a place at the University does not guarantee eligibility for student funding. To confirm that you meet the residency criteria go to or telephone SFE on 0300 100 0607.

“The strengths of the modules included that they covered a diverse range of subjects but were appropriate to practice. I liked that we had lots of additional sources that we could go back to in our own time and revisit.” NSS Student Feedback (National Student Survey)

“Not only have we received the knowledge and skills to be nursing registrants but we have also been taught how to lead person-centred care. As a part of the course, I have reflected upon my own values and moral compass which has not just been useful for my professional life but also my personal life.” NSS Student Feedback (National Student Survey)

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (mental health).

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

By studying an undergraduate or postgraduate pre-registration programme you are eligible for a Tuition Fee loan. of up to £9,250. The loan will support your studies and enable you to start a rewarding career in healthcare.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

NHS Grant:

All new and continuing nursing, midwifery and most allied health professionals’ students on pre-registration courses will also receive a grant of at least £5,000 per year that is not means-tested and will not have to be repaid.

An additional payment of up to £3,000 per academic year will be available to eligible students. Eligibility will include the following:

• £1,000 towards childcare costs • £1,000 if studying in a region that is struggling to recruit • £1,000 if studying a shortage specialism

Among others, the shortage specialisms have been confirmed to include:

• Mental health nursing

• Learning disability nursing

Read the full press release on the Government website to find out more or access“The recent grants for health courses explained"

Additional funding:

Is available via NHS Business Services Authority

The Learning Support Fund offers students additional support while studying for their degree. This includes:

• Dependants allowance of £1,000 per student per year

• Additional travel and accommodation costs to clinical placements over their normal daily travel costs

• An exceptional hardship fund of up to £3,000 per student per academic year

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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