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Nursing (Adult and Mental Health)


Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2021

Course length

Full time: 4 years


Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

UCAS Tariff Points


  • Nursing and Midwifery Council


Mental Health and Adult Nurses are in high demand in the UK. Our MSci Nursing (Adult and Mental Health) qualifies you to work as a dual registered nurse in both adult nursing and mental health nursing.

You will gain direct care experiences with adults with a variety of physical and mental health needs. A wide variety of hospital and community practice experience throughout Oxfordshire is available. There are also specialist placements available in the surrounding counties. 

This exciting course is designed to give you the knowledge, skills and attitudes you'll need to succeed. We will support you to develop your interpersonal and therapeutic skills in both fields of nursing practice.

In line with the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Future Nurse Standards (2018), our Adult and Mental Health Nursing curriculum has recently been re-developed. At our recent approval event (March 2020) we were commended by the NMC for our excellent partnership working with placement organisations and for the inclusion of a strong public health theme throughout the curriculum.

Nursing (Adult and Mental Health)

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: Including one A Level or a comparable Level 3 qualification in a science subject (e.g. Physical Education, Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology).

GCSE: Grade 4 (C) in English, Maths and Science. For English and Maths, Level 2 Functional Skills are accepted as alternatives to GCSEs.

Relevant experience (e.g. in a hospital) or a suitable indication of your interest in, and understanding of, the relevant healthcare profession.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.


All applicants will be screened for fitness to practise and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Selection process

All Oxford Brookes University Health and Social Care Programmes conduct Value Based Recruitment (VBR). We recognise that values and attitudes have the greatest impact on the quality of people's care and their experiences.

VBR is a way of helping our Programme recruitment teams to assess the values, motives and attitudes of those who wish to work with people in health and social care settings. When we refer to values we mean, for example, the values included in the NHS constitution.

VBR focuses on 'how' and 'why' an applicant makes choices in how they act and seeks to explore reasons for their behaviour. Further details about the VBR framework can be found here.

All shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

English language requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum score of 6.0 in each component) is required for ALL applicants whose first language is not English.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

All eligible nursing students on courses from September 2020 (new and continuing) will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year which they will not need to pay back.  For more information please visit

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Costs that are NOT included in tuition fees are as follows:

  • books
  • binding dissertations
  • exchanges and elective modules
  • library loans and fines
  • living accommodation at university
  • graduation
  • photocopying
  • travel.

Further information on additional costs for healthcare courses can be found here.

This list is not exhaustive and other course-specific costs may be incurred.

For the most up-to-date information on additional costs, please keep checking the website as we will update this as further information becomes available.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements

Learning and assessment

Early in the course, the same modules are taken by all three fields of nursing (Children’s, Mental Health and Adult).

Every year you will have placements in your fields of practice. As you progress through the course, nursing field specialisation increases. There is also a shift in focus on levels of complexity of nursing interventions.  

You will learn to work independently and collaboratively in teams, with individuals, families and communities.

  • Year 1 focuses on communities (local and national), health and wellbeing, lifespan and values.
  • Year 2 and 3 enables you to explore specific nursing interventions. You'll work in partnership with patients and their families to meet care outcomes.
  • Year 4 focuses on care of people with complex health needs. This requires health and social care services to be integrated to promote optimal health outcomes.

You can also pursue a personal interest by choosing from a range of optional acceptable modules.

Nursing (Adult and Mental Health)

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Education in Nursing Practice 1

This module will give you an introduction to nursing practice. You will have an introduction to foundation nursing knowledge and skills prior to starting your first practice placement.

Education in Nursing Practice 2

This module introduces further knowledge and skills to facilitate increased participation in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care. You will be encouraged to consider the health of people within your practice population, and factors that impact upon the uptake of health promotion and prevention strategies within that population.

Nursing Fundamentals: Family Health and Wellbeing 1

This module introduces you to the values, beliefs and factors that influence and underpin health and wellbeing from an individual, family and societal perspective, recognising diversity. It considers how self-awareness and professional responsibility contribute to the development of the nurse and nursing.

Nursing Fundamentals: Family Health and Wellbeing 2

You will be introduced to the underpinning frameworks and responsibilities for the organisation, assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of holistic family/person-centred and compassionate nursing care in a variety of settings. This module explores physiological, psychological, societal, political and global influences on health and social care across the lifespan, recognising inequalities.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Collaborative Nursing Practice

This practice-related module enables you to gain insight into how the diverse experiences of people and their families inform all stages of the nursing process in the delivery of physical and mental health care.

Education in Nursing Practice 3

This module gives you the opportunity to develop knowledge and apply a range of theoretical principles to practice that will promote effective communication and interpersonal relationships to enhance clinical decision making and evidence-based nursing practice.

Education in Nursing Practice 4

This module allows you to build upon and acquire new knowledge and skills for clinical practice that will further explore ethical concepts and professional standards to support the care and self/family management of people within varied clinical settings.

Research Methods and Analysis

This module will teach you about the research process, the associated research methods, data analysis and the ethical considerations associated with health and social care research. It provides you with advanced skills to critique research and determine its usefulness for evidence based practice.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Education in Nursing Practice 3 Dual

This module focuses on a second field of nursing practice and continues the focus of Education in Practice 3 studied in year 2. Integration of these two fields will be encouraged and facilitated within action learning sets.

Education in Nursing Practice 4 Dual

This module focuses on a second field of nursing practice and continues the focus of Education in Practice 4 studied in year 2. Integration of these two fields will be encouraged and facilitated within action learning sets.

Optional modules

Advanced Research Design

This module gives you the skills to find, appraise and use research, as well as plan and design a piece of research work. It helps you to define a suitable research question and to use this as a basis for identifying appropriate research methodologies for a small-scale research project or dissertation. This module is designed to impart the skills to enable you to plan and outline a rationale for a piece of primary research, secondary analysis, literature review or audit. It focuses on research as part of a body of evidence used for health and social care practice, and provides an overview of methodologies and methods commonly used in health and social care policies and working environments.

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Education in Nursing Practice 5 Dual

This module gives you the opportunity to prepare for independent practice, considering strategies that promote teaching and learning; service improvement; safe staffing and delegation of care within a range of complex practice situations across the range of patient pathways experiences.

Education in Nursing Practice 6

This module provides you with the opportunity to consolidate the skills, knowledge and strategies required to be an effective independent registrant. You will explore how effective leadership qualities can be used to work in partnership within diverse teams/agencies across professional and organisational boundaries. In collaboration with others, you will develop your nursing practice through direct involvement in the assessment, management, planning and evaluation of care. Anatomy and physiology relevant to syllabus content will be explored though field specific skills based scenarios. By completion you will competently prioritise the care of a caseload of people with complex needs and /or in complex practice situations, across the range of patient pathway experiences.

Nursing management of adults with complex care needs

This module enhances your knowledge, skills and grasp of the strategies required to develop problem solving and decision making skills. This enables you to undertake assessment and management of complex situations in a variety of adult nursing settings and support your ability to deliver high quality person centred care while putting into practice existing and emerging theory and governance frameworks. You will rehearse and develop the knowledge and skills required to practice in these complex scenarios through problem solving approaches, consolidating your existing learning. In addition this will further prepare you for future registration, managing your continuing professional development and employment in a constantly evolving healthcare arena.

Nursing care of older adults and forensic healthcare

Through enquiry based learning, this practice-related module will enable you to identify and analyse issues related to the nursing care of older adults and patients of all ages in forensic and prison healthcare settings.


The aim of this module is to draw together and enhance your ability to use the knowledge, understanding and skills developed previously across the whole programme, in a piece of investigative or literature-based research or a service improvement project. You will be expected to demonstrate the ability to define a clearly focused research issue, as well as a wide appreciation of the context of the chosen topic.

Optional modules

Approaches to Challenging Behaviour in Health and Social Care

practice related module to explore key factors that influence the needs of individuals who present significant challenges to services in relation to their behaviour and or Mental Health needs.

Global Health

The purpose of this module is to develop and expand students’ knowledge and understanding of the concept of global health and its challenges. The module will prepare students for nursing practice in a variety of settings around the world.

Health Care Elective

The module is a form of independent study in which students need to draw on material from a range of previous modules, as well as their practical experience to date. It involves a 2 week placement.

Independent Study

This practice related module gives the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and professional experience to conduct and in depth study of an aspect of healthcare pertinent to nursing.

Personality and Individual Differences

This module examines the range of psychological theory and research on personality and other individual differences.

The Sick Neonate

This module enables students to develop knowledge and skills in caring for premature and sick neonates and the support of their families.

Therapeutic Use of Touch in Healthcare Settings

The module aims to give health care professionals an understanding of the use of touch (both practical and theoretical) in the context of their practice in a variety of health care settings, throughout the lifespan.

Work placements

Compulsory modules

Work placements

We enjoy an excellent working partnership with our local health providers collaborating closely with our clinical colleagues to plan and deliver your programme of learning. This means that students are able to gain experience in community and acute placement settings that have national and international reputations for innovation and the quality of care they offer. You will undertake eight placements during your degree. These will be in both adult physical health and mental health services. Students will work alongside their mentor and are required to work both day and night shifts, according to the shift pattern used within the practice setting. This allows the student to experience care as it is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is in accordance with NMC (2010) standards for pre-registration nursing education. While on placement, you will be supported by a named member of staff from the placement known as a mentor, as well as a link lecturer from the University.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Your learning will include:

  • experiential learning or practice learning
  • mentoring, coaching and supervising
  • active learning such as projects or role-play
  • student-centred learning such as self-assessment, reading, or finding evidence
  • online learning such as quizzes or specialist lectures
  • use of technology, including social media, networking, mobile health (mHealth), or Electronic Patient Records (EPR)
  • collaborative learning with other nursing students, other cultures, teams and agencies
  • problem-based/solution-focused learning.

Simulation Based Education (SBE) takes place in a safe learning environment. These look like a real clinic or hospital and allows you to role play in clinical situations.

Placements can include:

  • working within community health care teams (supported by a district nurse, health visitor or school nurse)
  • working in acute settings within local Trusts.


Assessment methods used on this course

We are committed to helping you to succeed. Assessment feedback will shape and develop your learning.

All modules have an assessment component. We ask you to show how what you are learning enhances patient care.

Assessments can include:

  • reflective essays
  • presentations
  • clinical examinations
  • multiple choice examinations
  • neighbourhood studies
  • case studies.

You will be assessed for your practice learning during the Education in Nursing Practice modules. You must pass to fulfil the professional requirements to be eligible for registration as a nurse.

Your work during placements will be assessed by a mentor with the necessary qualifications to function as a practice assessor (NMC Pre-registration Standards (2010).

Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

With professional qualifications as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health) and  Registered Nurse (Adult), you will be well prepared for employment and will have the ability to develop a career in many specialised settings, such as intensive care units, accident and emergency departments, acute mental health services, eating disorders units and mental health forensic units. They can also work in the community, within community mental health, district or practice nursing, in industry, or in the private health care sector. Opportunities also exist to work abroad, for the Armed Forces or to specialise in research, nurse education or management.

The newly established Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR) can provide interested nursing graduates with a structured research career pathway opportunity, developed in partnership with local NHS partners.

We also offer a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) opportunities for qualified nurses if you wish to undertake further study at post-qualifying and postgraduate level.

Further study

Nurses have to be effective lifelong learners because healthcare is becoming ever more complex as new treatment options and strategies are adopted. As a qualified nurse there are many opportunities to develop your skills through continuing professional development, which can range from short refresher sessions through to postgraduate study, including MPhils and PhDs. 

All our courses aim to prepare you to be lifelong learners and there is a wide range of courses available at Oxford Brookes for continuing professional development (CPD).

Free language courses

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

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Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

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