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MNurs (Hons) Masters in Nursing (Mental Health)

Equip yourself to become a nursing leader of the future with our innovative Masters course.

2018/19 entry

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4 years full-time

Typical offer

ABB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2018 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

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The future nursing workforce needs advanced leadership, service improvement knowledge, and increased clinical and thinking skills. Our four-year course has been developed in close collaboration with our local service commissioners to reflect the national change in primary healthcare delivery. It leads to a Masters in Nursing and first level registration as a nurse.

This course will give you a more strategic view of healthcare and equip you to work at the forefront of nursing leadership. It will enable you to undertake professional practice experience so you can fully engage with the culture of a healthcare organisation while you follow the patient journey. You will gain a deep and meaningful understanding of patient-centred care and become fully involved in service development and service improvement projects.

As a nursing student in the Department of Health Sciences you will experience the benefits of a large multidisciplinary department offering a broad range of taught and research courses, combined with extensive practice experience in the health and social care field.

With a combination of tutor support, mentor guidance in placements and excellent teaching facilities we can help you get the very best out of your time in York, ensuring that you will develop your knowledge and skills as well as confidence in your role as a nurse.

The course is stimulating and uses various teaching methods from lectures and group work to presentation and simulation training. We use the latest up-to-date technology in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Unit, which looks like a real life hospital ward, to allow you to develop your nursing skills in a safe environment.


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


State of the art facilities

Including a Clinical Simulation Unit which looks just like a hospital ward

Clinical partners

We've partnered with Health and Social Care providers across North Yorkshire

Taught by experts

Staff are active in research and your teaching is informed by the latest developments

Course content

York is a research-intensive Russell Group university. Our stimulating and supportive nursing course will enable you to become a self-directed and independent learner. You will gain the intellectual independence to contribute and challenge theory and practice. Nursing students at the University of York engage in various practice communities across healthcare and education in order to facilitate intellectual and professional development. A key feature of our course is its ability to enable you to promote best practice through a service improvement project and to develop your own personal philosophy for nursing.

You will develop the personal and professional skills required to become adept at delivering high standards of patient- and family-centred care, while promoting individual and community health and wellbeing. You will learn about the nature and causation of disease and disability, specific client problems and nursing interventions.

You will do most of your learning on this course out in practice. Your practice experience will cover the whole of the region and you will work with our partners across York NHS Foundation Trust, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust, as well as other practice providers. You will benefit from a wide range of experiences in different localities and practice settings, from coastal towns to rural communities.

On the MNursing course, the first two years are the same as on the BSc course, however, in Years 3 and 4 your knowledge and skills will be expanded to Masters level thinking and working.

Year 1

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

Shared modules

Mental health field of practice specific modules

  • Core Values, Knowledge and Skills for Mental Health Nursing: impact of mental health problems, professional relationships which are person-centred, effective, non-discriminatory and culturally sensitive, different theoretical perspectives (eg biological, psychological and social paradigms), systematic, holistic, collaborative assessment of needs and risk and recognition of strengths and abilities
  • Therapeutic Interventions in Mental Health: understand the ‘Being with’ range of therapeutic interventions (eg voice hearing, distressed thoughts, anxiety), the influence of the ‘care’ environment on individuals suffering with mental health distress
  • Complex Presentations in Mental Healthcare: complex care needs (self-damaging behaviours such as self-harm and substance misuse), the relationship between mental health and substance use, and learn about motivational approaches.

Year 3

Shared modules

Mental health field of practice specific modules

  • Principles of Effective Care Delivery: introduction to organisation and service delivery models, engage with current impact of policy on services, explore inter- and intra-professional relationships within multi-disciplinary teams (including clinical supervision)

Year 4

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Apply, and influence, person and family centred approaches to nursing care through clear communication, shared decision making and the use of advanced clinical skills.
  • Engage self and others in reflective practice with awareness of a variety of health-related agendas, such as professional standards and ethical and legal frameworks.
  • Analyse complex clinical situations through self-directed, independent learning and engaging in and leading Communities of Practice.
  • Provide leadership to raise the standards of healthcare through the application of advanced knowledge and critical appraisal of the evidence base underpinning contemporary healthcare practice.
  • Improve healthcare delivery within a rapidly changing healthcare arena by becoming an effective change agent and leader across provider and commissioning boundaries.
  • Use advanced skills in communication and delegation to provide effective leadership of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals to deliver care with resilience to manage competing priorities.
  • Interpret and implement practice guidance and recommendations from NHS, NMC and other relevant bodies with an appreciation of the strategic organisational and operational management approach within their working environment.
  • Critically appraise and share nursing theory and related research with consideration of the professional dynamics that exist within healthcare in order to improve the delivery of person centered care.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International

Additional costs

Costs for uniform provision and Occupational Health Screening and Disclosure and Barring Service checks will be met by the Department for the academic year 2017/18. Students applying for courses later than this should refer to the Departmental webpage for up to date Fees and Finance advice.

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

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.


We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

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. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

Our focus is on making your learning relevant to your nursing practice.

Teaching staff will help and support you to develop your skills. You will learn via lectures, seminars and working groups. Cooperative Learning Groups (CLGs) are used as a way of integrating you into the nursing community by developing your professional identity. You will stay in the same CLG for the whole of your course.

You will undertake a variety of practice experiences that will help to build and shape your knowledge and skills. Placements could be with partner organisations outside the city of York where some travel is required. You will work with a diverse range of people from different cultures who live in a variety of environments.

You will be attached to an experienced mentor who will help to guide and assess your practice and knowledge and who will also be a source of support and reassurance. You will also have a link lecturer from the University to ensure you receive continuous support.

Practice experience will be gained over the full 24 hours; you will be required to work a complete pattern of shifts, including nights and weekends, early and late shifts.

Overall workload

As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Lectures and seminars360 hours300 hours300 hours132 hours
Placement516 hours516 hours564 hours480 hours

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

The rest of your time on the course will be spent on independent study. This may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.


We use the latest technology in our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Unit. This is a series of rooms which replicate a number of areas where you could work including a fully-equipped four bed ward complete with a range of equipment for you to practice on, to community bedrooms and living rooms. These allow you to develop your nursing skills in a safe environment. 

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Health Sciences, which is based on Campus West. Most of your contact hours will be in Alcuin college, with some additional teaching at various other locations on Campus West.

You will also undertake practice placements as part of this course. The placements will be assigned by the department and you will be supported by a link lecturer and practice mentor. These practice placement experiences will cover a range of nursing and healthcare settings from hospital, community and private and voluntary sector. They can be across the whole of the North Yorkshire region. You will have to fund travel costs to placements, although you may be eligible for some travel cost reimbursement. Please see our frequently asked questions page for more information.

Course location

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 throughout the course in both theory and practice elements. You will have to successfully complete all areas to be able to progress.

A variety of assessment methods, including presentations, essays, reports, simulated scenarios and examinations will be used. Individual written assessment feedback will be provided to you for every piece of assessed work with the exception of closed examinations. Feedback may also be provided verbally. Verbal feedback can be on a one-to-one basis with an academic member of staff or delivered to you as part of a group exercise.

Your practice experience will be assessed by your designated mentor who will be able to observe you develop in confidence and skill throughout your placement experience.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Written exams17%0%29%67%
Practical exams33%58%21%17%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

Students from the Department of Health Sciences have an excellent record in achieving immediate employment after completion of their course. Most students go into careers with NHS trusts in North Yorkshire and in other areas of northern England as well as other NHS organisations in the UK.

Typical first posts are as band 5 staff nurses in the NHS, although some do go into employment in social care and independent sector organisations.

Career opportunities

  • practice nursing
  • district nursing
  • health visiting and public health
  • research nurse
  • ward nurse
  • theatre nurse
  • high-dependency nurse
  • nurse consultant
  • lecturer in nursing
  • modern matron
  • clinical nurse specialist
  • clinical educator
  • chief nurse
  • liaison nurse

Transferable skills

  • The ability to work within partnerships
  • Self-directed, independent learning skills
  • The ability to facilitate change and service improvement
  • The ability to reflect on practice
  • The ability to lead care within a wide multidisciplinary team

Entry requirements

Qualification Grade
A levels

Three A levels at grades ABB. Please note we do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking as a subject choice. Preferably with two A levels from academic subjects, such as:

  • Maths and Higher Maths/Statistics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Geography/Geology
  • History
  • Languages (modern/classical)
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Law/Politics
  • Economics
  • Religious studies
  • Health and Social Care
  • Philosophy
  • Theology
  • ICT
  • Business
GCSEs GCSEs in Maths, English Language and Science at grade 4 or above (A*-C).
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass 60 credits with at least 45 credits achieved at Level 3. You must achieve 30 level 3 credits at distinction and 15 level 3 credits at merit. At least 15 level 3 credits should be in science subjects. We will not normally consider applicants who have progressed to an access course within three years of taking A levels and failed to achieve the necessary grades for entry to the course.
BTEC BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDM BTEC National Extended Diploma in Early Years or BTEC National Certificate in Early Years (Theory and Practical): DDD.
Cambridge Pre-U Pass with M2 in three Principal Subjects/Global Perspectives
International Baccalaureate 34
Irish leaving Certificate H2,H2,H3,H3,H3,H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers Scottish Advanced Highers: AB + AABBB, Scottish Higher (without AH): AAABB
Other qualifications

GCSE and Equivalent Qualifications: GCSE and Equivalent Qualifications (PDF  , 307kb).

For other equivalent qualifications, please see our complete entry criteria (PDF  , 472kb).

English language


Students recruited from outside the UK must have previously completed the International English Language Testing (IELTS) and have a minimum score of at least seven in all areas.


To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Please note that international students are not currently eligible to apply for this course.

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