MSc Mental Health Nursing with Registered Nurse Status

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

Full-time (2 years)

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (full-time, per year): £9,250

About this course

Join our accelerated two-year degree to qualify as a Registered Mental Health Nurse. You must hold an undergraduate degree (Level 6) in any field to apply.

  • 'Best Student Experience' Winner, Student Nursing Times Awards 2020 & ‘Nurse Education Provider of the Year (pre-registration)’, Student Nursing Times Awards 2018

  • Clinical work experience with four placements guaranteed per year in a wide variety of healthcare settings

  • £4m invested in the Faculty's teaching and learning environment, including £1.6m developing professional-standard clinical practice suites

  • While on placement, you will have a dedicated study day each week giving you the opportunity for contact and support at all times

  • £5,000 per year grant as standard for Adult Nursing students living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland plus another £2,000 for students with dependent children (eligibility criteria apply)

  • Start month: From September 2022 we will have two intakes in each academic year -  September and January

  • Campus location: City Campus

This course is also available as a degree apprenticeship with selected partners, open to their current employees only. If you work for an NHS Trust or organisation and would like to learn more about our nursing degree apprenticeships, please contact our Admissions Team:


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You may also be interested in MSc Adult Nursing or MSc Child Nursing.

If you don't hold an undergraduate degree, please visit our BSc (Hons) Nursing pages: Adult, Child, Mental Health.

As soon as you enrol at LJMU, you will be assigned your own personal tutor, and will meet with them regularly throughout each year. Your personal tutor will give you feedback on how well you are progressing with your studies and encourage you to plan for your educational and career development.

Student Nursing Times Awards 2020 Winner

Professional body recognition

All of LJMU's Nursing programmes are accredited by the professional body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council. 

Fees and funding


The funding you can apply for if you decide to study on an MSc Nursing programme at LJMU depends on where in the UK you normally live and your fee status.

If you normally live in England, you can apply for undergraduate funding for the MSc nursing course.  This means you will receive a tuition fee to cover your fees in full and also a loan for your living costs. See our undergraduate funding web pages for more information. Be sure to apply for undergraduate funding when you apply.

If your permanent home is in Wales, Northern Ireland, or Scotland then you will need to apply for postgraduate funding for this course. See our postgraduate funding web pages for more information.

If you need help with your fees or funding then please get in touch with one of our Money Advisers

NHS Learning Fund (LSF)

The NHS LSF offers support for:
  • a Training Grant for all eligible students of £5,000 per academic year
  • Parental Support of £2,000 for students with at least one dependent child under 15 years, or under 17 years if registered with special educational needs (this used to be called Child Dependants Allowance)
  • reimbursement of excess costs incurred on practice placement for travel and temporary accommodation costs (Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses)
  • students experiencing financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund)

You can find a guide to the grants on the LSF website, along with information about eligibility criteria.

Other costs

Travel costs to placements and parking if using a car whilst on placement. However, you may be able to claim reimbursement of travel costs through the Learner Support Fund provided by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA).

Students who would like to buy extra uniform items, further to their standard uniform, which is included in the course fees, have the option to do so. International experiences may incur costs.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

100% of our Mental Health Nursing graduates go on to find employment or further study within 15 months of graduating ( - figures for BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing).

After successfully graduating from this accelerated two year MSc Mental Health Registered Nurse programme, you will enjoy exciting career opportunities and professional development pathways.

There are a growing number of nurse specialist posts in some clinical areas too. Some graduates prefer to pursue careers in teaching, research or management, or continue their studies with a postgraduate research programme, such as a PhD.
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Successful completion of the degree allows you to apply for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register. This can lead to careers in the health sector at home or abroad and in the private and voluntary sectors.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

In order to meet the NMC requirements, all of your modules on MSc Nursing are Core. This means all students on the course study them.

We're in the process of finalising our module content - please check back regularly for updates, or contact us at if you would like to be sent a notification when they're available.

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An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

As a nursing student, you are required to complete 4,600 hours to meet the NMC requirements; 50% of this is theory and 50% is clinical practice. 

Your Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) accounts for 770 hours of theory and 770 practice hours. This represents a third of the required hours. You will complete the remaining hours during the two years of your MSc Nursing programme.

You will have seven weeks’ holiday a year, and may have to attend sessions outside the normal university hours of 9am to 5pm.

Teaching methods

You will be taught by clinically credible staff and those who are research active, along with experienced nurses and health care professionals, who will help you to develop both clinically and intellectually during the programme.

You will complete a lot of your learning in our newly refurbished and extended Faculty of Health flagship building, Tithebarn Building. Tithebarn is home to our hospital-standard clinical practice suites, modern seminar rooms, lecture theatres and skills labs. 

The Faculty has a therapeutic suite where you will perform, observe, record and play back a variety of interactive simulations based on a range of teaching methods. 

Your clinical and theoretical experiences will assist you in the development of a range of skills such as communication, decision-making, critical thinking, leadership, case management and team working, all of which are underpinned by the professional values of mental health nursing.

LJMU’s  £1.6 m clinical practice suites enable you to train on-campus using hospital-standard facilities, including virtual patients. The suites show a patient’s journey from a home environment through to rehabilitation. They cover a range of areas with the latest clinical equipment for simulations and clinical skills development in mental health nursing, adult and child nursing, paramedic practice, social work and midwifery. This environment will help prepare you for the rigours and realism of actual practice, giving you the confidence to deal with real service users in the NHS, private and voluntary settings.

You may also have lectures in Marybone, which is just across the street from Tithebarn.

Blocks of academic study can be up to six weeks depending on what point in the programme you are at. 

You'll participate in seminars, tutorials and lectures, undertaking both group work and individual assignments.

Applied learning

Work-based learning and clinical practice is a vital element of this degree and accounts for half of your study time at LJMU. You will undertake supervised and supported clinical practice and experience the full 24-hour shift working pattern.

During your clinical practice placements, you will work 30 hours a week and will have a weekly study day of 7.5 hours.

Whilst on placement, you will work alongside experienced nurses and registered healthcare professionals and be supervised by practice assessors and supervisors, as well as having the support of academic link lecturers. 

Additional support is always available within the Faculty or from student support workers if you need it. All new students coming in to the faculty will have a student mentor allocated to them. Student Mentors are second and third year students who have been selected and trained to mentor new students in all aspects of university life. The student mentor service offers an exciting opportunity for personal and professional development.

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As soon as you enrol at LJMU, you will be assigned your own personal tutor, and will meet with them regularly throughout each year. Your personal tutor will give you feedback on how well you are progressing with your studies and encourage you to plan for your educational and career development.

Our students say: 

“The biggest challenge I’ve faced since coming to university has been raising a family, doing part-time work whilst being on placement or in university and writing assignments but the support network here is amazing and the challenges have been great. The level of support I have received from both academics and my peers has been amazing and having a guaranteed study day each week really helped me.” 

- Josh Gilroy, final year BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing student (pictured above)

The lecturing staff at Liverpool John Moores University are highly regarded. Students will be taught by clinically credible staff and those who are research active. You will be taught by experienced nurses and health care professionals, who will help you do develop both clinically and intellectually during the programme.

Mental health nurses deal with a range of mental health problems. They work in a variety of settings ranging from hospitals and high security services to drug and alcohol services and community mental health services for people of all ages. 

Your key role and challenge as a mental health nurse will be to engage in, develop and disengage from therapeutic relationships with service users and their families through the use of effective communication and interpersonal skills. Your aim will be to promote health and wellbeing for individuals, along with assisting them to achieve their full potential in recovery. 

Underpinning all aspects of the training offered is a commitment to ethical and anti-oppressive values, values and principles of the NHS Constitution and Professional Body requirements.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment is through a combination of practice placements, exams, essays and assignments and presentations.

There will also be clinical assessment, which will be undertaken whilst in clinical practice where you will be assessed by practice supervisors and assessors. 

You will be offered feedback at various points during the course and support will always be readily available from your individual module tutors should you need advice or guidance at any time. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work. 

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a minimum of 770 hours healthcare experience (approximately six months full-time work) in their chosen field within the past 5 years.  This can be through either paid or voluntary work, but must be verifiable by a supervisor or line manager.
  • A first honours degree (normally 2:2 or above) in any subject - it does not need to be related to allied health
  • English and Maths GCSE at grade A* - C / 4-9 (please contact our Admissions team if you have equivalent qualifications)
  • Any overseas qualifications should be equivalent to UK qualifications which meet our entry requirements. If you have completed your degree outside the UK, we will require a clear copy of your degree documentation to ensure NARIC comparability. Please note that all applicants who are invited to interview will be required to present their original degree documentation
  • If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 7.0, including at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7.0 in the reading, listening and speaking sections. The university may be able to accept alternative English Language qualifications from applicants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) on a case by case basis in line with the appropriate Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidelines.
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Please be advised that degree, Maths, English (including IELTS if required) and 770 hours of experience is required at the point of application

Occupational English Test (OET)

We’ll accept an OET examination certificate that confirms you achieved:

  • at least a grade C+ in the writing section
  • at least a grade B in the reading, listening and speaking sections
International applicants who require a Student Visa are not eligible to apply for the course

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

Applications are made via - visit the MSc Mental Health Nursing UCAS course page and click the Apply button. 

The UCAS course code is PMN1 and the LJMU institution code is L51.

You will need to register for a UCAS account and pay the applicable UCAS application fee.

You must meet the NMC's 'health and character' requirements.

Satisfactory Medical Clearance/Examination: We will contact you directly to undertake this. 

Satisfactory Enhanced DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB): We will contact you directly to undertake this and further information can be found at

In addition, applicants will have to follow Faculty procedures for declaring any convictions after interview.

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All applicants are required to make a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim to demonstrate how their previous care experience and graduate studies have equipped them to undertake an accelerated nursing programme. 

RPL to the MSc Nursing programme will be 770 hours practice and 770 hours theory, equalling 1,540 hours in total.

LJMU is required to transfer data to third party professional organisations as required to complete a professional award.

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently closed to new applications for January 2022 entry. UCAS is now open for applications for our next intakes - September 2022 and January 2023.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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