Adult and Mental Health Nursing (pre-registration) (MSc)

City, University of London

For more information about Adult and Mental Health Nursing (pre-registration) at City, University of London, please visit the webpage using the button above.

The award

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Adult and Mental Health Nursing (pre-registration) at City, University of London

City's unique Adult and Mental Health Nursing course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and provides the opportunity for practice across both nursing specialisms.

Who is it for?

This course is for students who already have a degree in any subject and are looking for progression and further challenges which can be fulfilled by undertaking a rewarding and lifelong career within the nursing profession.

City is the first institution to offer an MSc of this kind, crossing both the adult and mental health nursing specialisms. The course was designed to meet the need of the healthcare sector and the ambitions of many nurses to be able to fully support their patients, both physically and mentally.


The MSc in Adult and Mental Health Nursing prepares you for a rewarding career at the forefront of modern healthcare. You will graduate as a nurse eligible to register with the NMC as an adult and mental health nurse, leaving you equipped to support the delivery of quality healthcare in a contemporary health service.

Mental illness has a huge impact on the physical health of an individual. People with mental health conditions are at a higher risk of experiencing physical health problems, such as diabetes and heart conditions. In addition, people with long-term physical health conditions are more likely to suffer from a mental health issue, particularly depression. There is a need to develop a nursing workforce that is fit for the current demands of healthcare in the UK.

This Masters programme, where you will be eligible to apply for registration with the NMC as a registered nurse in the mental health and adult fields of nursing, will provide you with the opportunity to meet this demand.


Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you must have:

  • a lower second-class honours degree or above.
  • an awareness of health or health-related care issues and have worked at least 500 clinical hours to be eligible for the MSc programme.
  • a grade C (4) in GCSE English and Mathematics or an overseas equivalent.

You also will be required to have occupational health and enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance. Academic and character references will also be requested.

Due to the high demand for places, shortlisted prospective applicants will be required to attend an assessment day held at City, where you will need to demonstrate your numerical and literacy skills, in addition to values that match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page.

You must complete the APL process related to theory before you start the programme. You will be expected to demonstrate achievement of the equivalent of 675 of the theoretical hours and map learning against identified learning outcomes from Unit 1 of the BSc route through the programme. You will need to have APL 500 clinical hours to be eligible for the combined programme.

English requirements

If you are educated outside of an English speaking country, without GCSEs are required to hold IELTS at:

IELTS: 7.0 overall band score; with at least 7.0 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications should be made through UCAS undergraduate (course code 3412).

For operational reasons, applications should be made through the undergraduate section of UCAS and not UKPASS using the course code "3412". City's institution code on UCAS is "C60". When submitting an application please ensure you list all your educational qualifications including those achieved at GCSE (or overseas equivalent) as these form part of the entry criteria.

Teaching and learning

We take a blended approach to learning and teaching, including:

  • seminars
  • laboratory practicals
  • enquiry-based learning
  • practice experience
  • simulated practice
  • personal and professional development groups
  • meetings
  • online activities.


Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of the MSc, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. The practice element is assessed by the development of a record of achievement in practice and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. Modules are also assessed through essays, seminars or presentations.

As part of the MSc you are expected to complete a dissertation, this will involve a systematic literature review of integrated practice, which is the foundation of this programme and the future of contemporary nursing practice.

Your final degree classification is calculated from the first, second and final years.

View sample academic year.

Assessment weightings by year

Year 3
  • Year 1: 25%
  • Year 2: 50%
  • Year 3: 25%


You are given the opportunity to combine theoretical study with clinical experience.

At City, you will gain experience of care delivery across a range of settings and environments.

Practice experience within London will give you a unique opportunity to provide culturally sensitive care within a multicultural and multi-faith community, which reflects a diverse socioeconomic population. Your practice experience will take place in a variety of settings, such as acute hospital units and service users' own homes.

To pass each Part you must successfully complete both the theoretical and practice elements of the programme by the end of the part (NMC 2010).

Part 1

Part 1 constitutes one unit and has one core theory module and a practice experience module which incorporates simulated practice.

Unit One:

  • Foundations in Health and Nursing comprises one core theory module - Relationship Centred Care and Concepts of Biology for Health (15 credits).
  • The practice component of Part 1 comprises - Engaging in Practice 1(15 credits).

Part 2

Part 2 has field specific modules which reflect the two pathways that you will undertake.

In each pathway there are two core theory modules and a practice experience module which incorporates simulated practice.

Adult Field

There are two theoretical units to Part 2 of the programme:

Unit Two:

  • Acute Care comprises one core theory module - Experiencing Acute Care, Diagnostics and Treatment: Adult Nursing (15 credits).
  • The practice component of Part 2 comprises one module - Engaging in practice 2: Adult Nursing (30 credits).

Unit Three:

  • Long Term Care comprises one core theory module - Experiencing Long term Care, Rehabilitation and Recovery: Adult Nursing (15 credits).
  • Engaging in practice 2 Adult Nursing - this continues on from Unit Two.

Mental Health Field

There are two theoretical modules and one combined theoretical and practice module to Part 2 of the programme:

Unit Four:

  • Principles of Mental Health Practice (15 credits) - A theory and practice module. The theory component will take place in Unit Four.
  • Acute Care comprises one core theory module - Experiencing Acute Care, Diagnostics and Treatment: Mental Health Nursing(15 credits).

Unit Five:

  • Long Term Care comprises one core theory module - Experiencing Long term Care, Rehabilitation and Recovery: Mental Health Nursing(15 credits).
  • Principles of Mental Health Practice (15 credits) - A theory and practice module. The practice component will take place in Unit Five.

Part 3

Part 3 has a common theory module and practice module which reflect the adult and mental health fields you will undertake. It has two core theory modules and a combined theory and practice experience module. There is one Theoretical Unit in Part 3 of the programme:

Unit Six:

  • Developing Leaders and Managers of Care has one theory module Leading and Managing in Health Care Practice (15 credits).
  • Integrated Dissertation Module (45 credits) - The theory of this module is taught in Unit Five but the dissertation supervision with be provided in Unit Six.
  • Integration of Adult and Mental Health Practice Module (15 credits) - A combined theory and practice module, the practice component will take place in Unit Five.

Download the relevant programme specification

Career prospects

Successful graduates will have an internationally recognised qualification and will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This course will accelerate your career progression and open up a variety of fascinating career opportunities across both adult and mental health fields of practice.

This MSc ideally positions you to pursue an accelerated career pathway and become a future leader, clinical expert or researcher within the nursing profession.

Your personal career aspirations can be discussed during your programme with your personal tutor and you may also seek help and guidance from the Careers Service.

You will also be given opportunities to prepare for interviews and develop Personal Development Plans during the programme.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course


Full-time: Currently awaiting announcement from the government*

More about fees


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

*The funding of health education is currently going through a transition period from student bursaries to student loans. We are subsequently awaiting an announcement from the UK Government regarding the funding arrangements for pre-registration postgraduate courses commencing in the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information please visit The Funding Clinic website, or view the Governments published response to consultation on funding reforms.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


You will spend around 50% of your time on clinical placements. Your practice experience will take place in a variety of settings such as specialist units, hospital wards and primary care settings such as Health Centres and patients/service users' homes.

Most placements are within our 'community of practice', a partnership of healthcare providers within North East London - allowing you to become familiar with the needs of the local community and its healthcare providers.

Academic facilities

The Clinical Skills Centre at City offers you excellent clinical training facilities.

You will have access to a simulated six-bedded, high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including:

  • Piped oxygen.
  • Call bells.
  • Medicines and emergency equipment.

In addition, medium-fidelity simulators and laboratories, including a biology laboratory, will allow you to rehearse skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and people's homes.

The School of Health Science is one of the first health schools in the UK to open a Technology Enabled Care Studio, City TECS . City TECS is a specially designed studio flat at our Northampton Square campus, fully equipped with the latest telehealth and telecare technologies, providing you with the unique opportunity to learn how to use the latest and future healthcare technologies while studying.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

Find out how to apply

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London - from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice - leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Entry requirements

Contact City, University of London to find course entry requirements.

Other courses at City, University of London

There are 239 other courses listed from City, University of London. A selection of these are displayed below:

Location of City, University of London

City, University of London main campus is shown on the map below:

Explore City, University of London

Click the following videos and images to expand or play