Oxford Brookes University

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

MA in Mental Health Nursing (Pre-Registration)



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Mental Health Nursing (Pre-Registration)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MA in Mental Health Nursing is a pre-registration nursing programme for graduates leading to the award of an MA in Mental Health Nursing and registration as a Mental Health Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The course will be taught alongside the well-established and highly-regarded BA Mental Health Nursing course offered by Oxford Brookes University. Working at master's level, you will focus on developing a knowledge base in mental health nursing that is evidence-based and strongly underpinned by research. You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of mental health nursing. This will be informed by scholarship and research as well as critical awareness of current issues/development in the field. You will acquire specific skills, knowledge and competence in your chosen field and more broadly will be enquiry focused, reflective, innovative, confident and self-aware. You will complete a master’s level research project involving primary data collection; a critical review of the literature, or other scholarly output. Graduates of the course will contribute significantly to high-quality client care, the continued development of patient-centred care/therapy, and theory-practice integration. In health and social care no professional group works in isolation. Oxford Brookes teaches a very wide range of pre-qualification and foundation courses including health and social care, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, osteopathy, operating department practice, paramedic emergency care, and social work. You will share your learning with these other health care students. This is a key component of the course as it is essential to developing your teamwork skills and your understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice. We offer a very friendly and supportive environment in which to learn and consistently receive very high satisfaction ratings for our student support and learning resources in student surveys. We have excellent teaching facilities, dedicated clinical skills suites and simulation resources, which include a very well-equipped movement laboratory, a family of computerised simulation manikins (including a simman©, simbaby© and birthing mother©), an extensive range of anatomy models and fully networked computer rooms. We have excellent library resources, accessible both through the web and through a range of locally-based facilities on university and NHS sites. Information technology plays an important role in health care courses and a very extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through ‘Brookes Virtual', an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises. On successful completion of the MA in Mental Health Nursing, you will be able to: Deliver complex care to service users in your field of practice, demonstrating an ability to conceptualise the potential impact of associated factors. Act to safeguard the public and be responsible and accountable for safe, person-centred, evidence-based nursing practice, demonstrating a clear understanding of your personal responsibility in professional practice. Act with professionalism and integrity and work within agreed professional, ethical and legal frameworks and processes to maintain and improve standards, managing the implications of ethical dilemmas, working proactively with others to formulate solutions. Practise in a compassionate, respectful way, maintaining dignity and wellbeing and communicating effectively and act autonomously in planning, implementing and evaluating person centred care. Act on your understanding of how people’s lifestyles, environments and the location of care delivery influence their health and wellbeing, being able to adapt existing and new information to solve problems in a creative and innovative way. Seek out every opportunity to promote health and prevent illness. Work in partnership with other health and social care professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families ensuring that decisions about care are shared. Use leadership skills to supervise and manage others and contribute to planning, designing, delivering and improving future services, demonstrating an ability to negotiate and handle conflict with confidence. Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate evidence and an ability to utilise a range of techniques and research methods applicable to professional activity.


Entry requirements A good honours degree (or equivalent) preferably in a health or science-related subject. We will however also consider applications from graduates with non-health-related degrees. 5 GCSEs, including Mathematics, English Language and a science subject (ie Chemistry or Biology) at grade C or above. Two recent references, at least one academic. Experience of paid or voluntary work within a health care environment or relevant to your chosen field. Successful performance in the selection process (including an individual interview). All applicants must be screened for fitness to practise. A full Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

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