A MSc mental health nursing degree is a two-year full-time specialist degree that is one of four pre-registration nursing degrees. The other three are adult, child and learning disabilities. It is also among a handful of options for studying nursing at Masters level, and allows you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council upon graduation.
To be successful with your application, you need to possess at least a lower second class undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as a social science or a life science.
You will also be asked to provide two strong references, and a Work Health Assessment/Occupational health check. Academic achievement will further strengthen your application, as will appropriate voluntary experience.
Some postgraduate degrees in Mental Health Nursing may require students to attend an entrance interview. To help you understand postgraduate interviews we have put together an article for the top 10 questions that are likely to pop up and the best ways that you can answer them: Top 10 Postgraduate Interview Questions.
Generally, students fill clinical and management positions in both independent hospitals and NHS trusts, as well as local organisations upon graduation. It is also common for graduates to work in the nurse education and health research sectors.
Exact roles open to you with this degree include:
- Creative art therapist
- Mental health nurse
- Occupational therapist
- Play Therapist
- Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
- Social worker