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MSc Nursing (Mental Health)

Convert your undergraduate degree into a career in care with an accelerated pre-registration route into mental health nursing.

Year of entry: 2024 (January)


2 years full-time

Start date

January 2024 (semester dates)

Applications for 2023 entry are closed. Applications for 2024 are now open.

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Nursing is a complex profession; you'll need scientific knowledge, deep ethical understanding and a strong moral compass.

This Masters course draws on our world-leading research to create a unique mental curriculum. You'll learn in an environment which values scholarship, social awareness and research.

Through theoretical study, practical experience and reflective discussion, you'll hone your skills in mental health nursing. We'll encourage you to develop an intellectual curiosity that will support your development throughout your career.

You'll learn how to develop a therapeutic relationship with your clients and gain the skills you need to help people with mental health problems. You'll work with social workers, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and doctors and have opportunities to engage with third sector and service user organisations.

You'll graduate ready to register as a highly-skilled nurse, able to provide excellent mental health care. You'll be confident undertaking research and using evidence to develop nursing practice.

Please note: This course is intended for people who have a first degree and are looking to pursue a career in nursing. It is not suitable for those already registered as nurses.


After completing this degree you'll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the professional regulatory body for nurses and midwives in the UK.


Develop your skills in our Clinical Simulation Unit with access to simulated patient settings, simulated patients and 'live' actors to enhance the practical components of our course.

Expert speakers

Expert speakers are a great feature of the course. We use them to bring in specialist knowledge to enhance your knowledge base and understanding.

Course content

The course runs over two years and consists of eight modules, totalling 200 credits.

In your first year, you'll get your first taste of practice, as well as studying modules covering different health-related disciplines as they apply to nursing.

In your second year, you'll continue to practice, alongside taught classes which will help you to approach patient care with collaboration, consideration and compassion. Your main focus of the year will be an independent research project.


Year 1

Year 2

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.


  • Independent Study Module (60 credits)

In your second year, your main focus will be on independent exploration of research and approaches to its implementation in nursing practice. It's a chance to develop your skills in literature review, research design, data analysis, critical evaluation and synthesis.

You can focus on a topic aligned with your interests, and you'll have close support from a supervisor with relevant expertise.


  • Practice I (20 credits)

Your first period in practice, in the summer of Year 1, will introduce you to the role of a registered nurse.

  • Practice II (20 credits)

Your second period in practice runs throughout Year 2. It will help you develop the practical skills required for a range of nursing interventions and actions.

Before starting a placement that forms part of your course, you are likely to be asked by the placement provider to sign a confidentiality agreement. This is to ensure that you do not disclose any information that is confidential to the placement provider.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Engage in compassionate and reflective practice, taking accountability for actions and supporting others.
  • Apply nursing and leadership skills when working in partnership with individuals, families, communities and other professionals to promote health and maintain quality of life.
  • Apply enhanced knowledge, skills and expertise to assess individuals with complex needs to diagnose and plan person-centred care in a variety of settings, and across the lifespan.
  • Synthesize evidence to inform and evaluate leadership and high quality nursing practice.
  • Through effective leadership, instil team-working into the work environment in order to manage and support staff and teams across a range of care settings.
  • Access, assess and evaluate information and take appropriate action to address risk, ensure safe practice and improve quality at an operational, strategic and organisational level.
  • Develop and lead care across a range of organisations and settings.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families/carers, and professionals within an organisational setting, using a range of techniques and strategies.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2023/24

Study modeUK (home)International and EU
Full-time (2 years)
This is the year 1 fee. Fees for future years are subject to confirmation.

Students on a Student Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

For courses which are longer than one year, the tuition fees quoted are for the first year of study.

  • UK (home) fees may increase in subsequent years (up to a maximum of 2%).
  • International fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the prevailing Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate (up to a maximum of 10%).

Fees information

UK or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK or international student.

Additional costs

Uniform provision, Occupational Health Screening, and Disclosure and Barring Service checks are included in your fees.

You'll have to meet the costs of uniform replacement or missed occupational health appointments. You'll also have to pay for Professional Association Fees (Indemnity) which is covered in the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) or Unison Student Membership (approximately £10 per year).

Depending on what you choose to do, you may also have to meet costs related to your placements.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs. 

Please ensure you have thoroughly checked the eligibility criteria for any potential sources of funding, to be sure they cover courses beginning in January.

York Graduate Loyalty Discount

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

NHS Learning Support Fund

Nursing and midwifery students eligible for tuition fee and living cost support from the UK government can receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year ( to support their academic studies. This is on top of the standard government support and doesn't need to be paid back.

UK (home) students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

You will be learning with and from experts in the field using a combination of lectures, skills sessions, and directed and independent study, all designed to support you in developing your clinical capability and competence. Working in practice for a minimum of one day a week with your clinical mentor, you will combine the theory with clinical practice.


You will benefit from our state-of-the-art , which replicates a number of areas of healthcare in which you may work.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Health Sciences, which is on Campus West. The majority of your teaching will take place in Alcuin, or at other locations across Campus West.

Students will work in their own area of clinical practice throughout the programme. Students may be able to negotiate practice experience in other healthcare settings provided that:

  • These are within our agreed placement circuit
  • They will provide opportunities to achieve the required proficiencies for the stage (NMC 2018)

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed in both theory and practice with formative assessments to support you in identifying areas for development.

Careers and skills

Most of our students start their careers as Band 5 staff nurses in the NHS. Others go into employment in social care and independent sector organisations.

Career opportunities

  • Staff nurse
  • Clinical team leader
  • Trainee public health specialist nurse
  • Nursing consultant
  • Critical care nurse
  • Research nurse

Transferable skills

Alongside gaining the essential practical skills and knowledge you need to be an effective nurse, you'll gain a huge range of skills that will help you to succeed no matter what career path you follow:

  • teamwork
  • independent learning
  • facilitating change
  • service improvement
  • self-reflection
  • leadership

Entry requirements

Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applications are also welcomed from candidates with a 2:2 or equivalent and relevant work experience
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

Additional requirements

  • GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or higher.
  • DBS and Health Assessment checks required.
  • "Applicants are required to have at least 780 hours of relevant work experience upon starting the course. 150 of these hours must be worked under the supervision of a registered nurse who can sign off against the proficiencies for stage one of the BSc programme.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS (Academic and Indicator) 7.0, minimum of 7.0 in all components
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you have not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

Please ensure you have thoroughly checked the eligibility criteria for any potential sources of funding, to be sure they cover courses beginning in January.

Applications for 2023 entry are closed. Applications for 2024 entry are now open.

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