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MSci Nursing (Adult and Mental Health)


Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

As the context of healthcare delivery is changing, it is essential for nurses to be able to work flexibly, inter-professionally and collaboratively in a way that is meaningful and relevant. Increasingly, society is recognising the impact that mental health has on the function of individuals and organisations. Nurses therefore need to be able to meet both the physical and mental health needs of individuals and their families.

This dual registration MSci Nursing (Adult and Mental Health) course integrates the mental health nursing strength of working collaboratively with people of all ages experiencing significant mental distress / behavioural problems and the need for adult nurses to demonstrate competence in the fundamentals of nursing care across people’s lifespan. As a dual registration student, you will be supported to develop your interpersonal and therapeutic skills to the full in both fields of nursing practice.

This new and exciting curriculum gives you the knowledge, skills and attitudes from both adult and mental health nursing to practice as a dual registered nurse to benefit patient care and safety. You can enter as an undergraduate and the final stage of this course is studied at master'’'s level, so you will graduate with a master’s degree.

Successful completion of the MSci Nursing (Adult and Mental Health) course enables you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as both a Mental Health nurse and an Adult Nurse. The MSci takes 4 years if studied full time, and part-time study is possible. The MSci must be completed within 8 years.

This course is open to International students from Sept 2018. More information can be found on our What You Need to Know page.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - preferably including a science subject

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus, Marston Road site

Course length

  • Full time: 4 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Graduate as a confident, compassionate, resilient and self-aware nurse who can challenge and create new ideas with individuals and communities. Leadership skills and forward thinking will be a theme through action learning sets alongside the taught and practice modules to facilitate research based nurses and leaders of the future.
  • Benefit from nursing placements across adult and mental health clinical settings including specialist services, community, hospital, rural and urban locations. You will have access to the full range of nursing opportunities within Adult nursing and within Mental Health nursing across the lifespan.
  • We are a modern University with a very friendly and supportive environment in which to learn. We offer excellent teaching facilities, including dedicated space for simulated learning within clinical skills suites. Our teaching is strengthened by the involvement of service users and carers and expert lecturers from clinical practice.
  • Information technology plays an increasingly important role in health care courses and an extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through ‘Brookes Virtual’ - an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises.
  • We teach the skills for evidence-based practice and encourage you to develop a problem-solving approach to clinical practice. We instil confidence to enable you to to use your own clinical and professional judgement to influence practice.
  • We provide a range of support services, such as academic advisors, who support your academic development, and student support co-ordinators who provide a drop-in service to help answer any queries you may have about any aspect of student life, covering both academic and personal welfare.

The nursing curriculum follows a ‘spiral' design to ensure that your learning in both practice and the University is structured incrementally from one year to the next, with a specific focus for each year. Early in the programme, the same modules are taken by all three fields of nursing (Children’s, Mental Health and Adult), with some shared learning with students on the MSc Nursing (Adult / Children’s / Mental Health) pre-registration programmes. In each year of the programme, you will have placements in your fields of practice, with some taught content specific to your nursing fields. However, there is increasing nursing field specialisation as the programme progresses to completion. There is also a progressive shift in focus on levels of complexity of nursing interventions.

  • Year 1 focuses on communities (local and national), health and well-being, lifespan and values.
  • Years 2 and 3 enable you to explore specific nursing interventions, working in partnership with patients and their families to meet care outcomes.
  • Year 4 focuses on care of people with complex health needs, including those who may have numerous problems; this requires health and social care services to be integrated to promote optimal health outcomes.

You can also pursue a personal interest through optional acceptable modules for example in the following topics:

  • Healthcare elective
  • Global health
  • Independent study
  • Therapeutic use of touch in healthcare settings.

A key component of the programme is to prioritise people, the individual and their family which will always be at the centre of your educational experience. Learning will be facilitated in partnership with practice and academic staff who meet professional standards and guidance. You will be valued as individuals, to enhance your strengths and challenge you to develop personally, professionally and academically. The course encourages you to learn by discovery as you move from being primarily supported and dependent to being supportive and independent in learning and practice.

We are fortunate in having access to a remarkable range of clinical settings in both mental and physical health services, many of which have national and international reputations. You will gain experience in a wide variety of these practice environments within Oxfordshire.

Study modules

Courses are regularly reviewed as part of our quality assurance framework, so the module list you are offered may vary from that shown here. Some modules will be taught alongside students on other healthcare courses to enable you to develop your understanding of multiprofessional working within health and social care.

Although there is some scope for flexibility in module choice, this is restricted in professional pre-qualification courses owing to the demands of the professional requirements for registration.

Year 1

These core modules are taken by all pre-registration nursing students, with content applied to mental health and adult nursing:

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.

Years 2, 3 and 4

Over the remaining years, the focus on specific adult and mental health nursing elements increases as the course progresses. Compulsory modules include:

Year 2

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 offered to patients and their families.

You will undertake eight placements during your degree. These will be in both adult physical health and mental health services. Students are expected to 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.

The course offers a very strong simulated practice experience, providing opportunities for students to practice professional skills in a simulated environment.

We offer a range of support mechanisms, within both the University and the placement area, throughout your programme of study. 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.

We have a dedicated Practice Education Unit (PEU) that provides administrative and academic support for placement learning/practice education for all its pre-qualifying courses. The PEU organises and allocates individual practice placements throughout your course of study.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to participate in a European or international study exchange as part of your nursing course. Most exchanges take place in the second or third year.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures
  • gaining credits which count towards your degree.

We have partner universities in Spain, Hungary and Sweden, for which funding is available through the Erasmus scheme.

As part of the optional Health and Social Care Elective you can organise and self-fund a practice placement anywhere in the world, lasting a minimum of two weeks.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

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.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Additional costs

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 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.

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.

Teaching and learning

We offer a very friendly and supportive environment in which to learn and we consistently receive very high satisfaction ratings for student support and learning resources in student surveys. All our courses adopt a student-centred approach to teaching and learning and are strongly focused on encouraging you to attain your full potential as a lifelong learner.

The educational approach of this curriculum is based on how learners come to education courses with sets of established beliefs and values and how through critical reflection on these beliefs, students' perspectives can be changed and transformed.

You will learn with other fields of nursing (adult nursing, children's nursing and mental health nursing) at the start of the course, with learning becoming more complex and field specific as you progress through the course. In health and social care, no professional group works in isolation. This is a key component of the course as it is essential in developing your teamwork skills and your understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.

Your learning will be facilitated in partnership with practice and academic staff who meet professional standards and guidance. They will value you as an individual and enhance your strengths and challenge you in order that you can develop academically, personally and professionally.

You will be encouraged to learn by discovery helping you to identify your strengths and areas for development. You can then reach your personal and professional potential and become a confident, safe and effective professional registered nurse.

Learning will be facilitated by a range of approaches during both the practice and university experiences such as:

  • Experiential learning eg practice learning, simulation, action-learning, debate and discussion, reflection.
  • Mentoring, coaching and supervising eg questioning, challenging, supporting, observing, giving and receiving feedback.
  • Active learning eg projects, role-play, educating others such as patients, the public or peers.
  • Student-centred learning eg self-assessment, reading, finding evidence, production of resources.
  • Blended and on-line learning eg using digital resources such as 'virtual family', quizzes, specialist lectures.
  • Use of technology and informatics eg social media and networking, mobile health (mHealth), Electronic Patient Records (EPR), big data and the professional boundaries required when using such technology.
  • Collaborative learning with other disciplines, interprofessional learning, cultures and agencies eg multi-professional team working and simulation, exploring global perspectives.
  • Problem-based/solution-focussed learning eg small group working using complex, multi-faceted scenarios, prioritising or decision making in practice.

Simulation Based Education (SBE) is defined as any educational activity that utilises simulation aides to replicate clinical scenarios. The SBE activities will take place in the safe learning environment of the clinical skills suites which replicates both community and acute settings. During SBE sessions you will have the opportunity to learn and refine both technical and non-technical skills including situational awareness and human factors.

Information technology plays an increasingly important role in health care courses, and a very extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through Moodle, an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises. Several modules will utilise a virtual family as part of the learning experience. This consists of an imaginary family and uses a range of vignettes to provide interactive case studies, for exploration at different points in the modular course.

The practice learning component of your course is comprised primarily of direct care experiences with adults and families, complemented by a well-established clinical skills simulation programme which enables you to learn about and consolidate practice learning. In placement areas, you work with experienced nurses (known as mentors), also supported by link lecturers and other placement-related staff.

Each year, you will have 'hub placements' in hospital or community settings as well as shorter related 'spoke' placements. Whilst on your 'hub' placements, you will become part of the clinical team and gain valuable insights into the functioning of the practice areas and nursing career opportunities. Our students highly rate this placement approach, as it helps them feel more confident and competent as the year progresses.

Your practice experience will include placements in a diverse range of settings within physical and mental health services. These will include working within community healthcare teams (supported by a district nurse, health visitor or community mental health nurse), as well as in acute settings within local Trusts which offer a range of specialist services to the local population including child and adolescent mental health, forensic, intensive care, eating disorders or research units in a variety of NHS and independent sector.

Approach to assessment

The course team is committed to supporting your academic skills development and maximising your potential to succeed. The module assignments have been designed and selected to enable you to demonstrate the learning outcomes for each module and cumulatively the overall programme learning outcomes.

Assessment feedback is intended to shape and develop your learning. It is fundamental and directly linked to the programme and module learning outcomes. Assessment and feedback approaches will help you to develop your learning needed for your future working life.

The range, type and timing of programme assessment has been carefully selected to enable you to become independent and reflective learners and to develop and demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed to meet the programme learning outcomes as you progress through the course. All modules have an assessment component which asks you to explicitly demonstrate an understanding of how the module theory informs and enhances patient care. Examples of assessments include reflective essays, presentations, clinical examinations, multiple choice examinations, neighbourhood studies and case studies.

Assessment of practice learning occurs within the credit rated Education in Nursing Practice modules and must be passed to fulfill the professional requirements for the programme and ensure that you are eligible for registration as a Nurse. Practice will be assessed by a mentor selected on the basis of having the necessary qualifications to function as a practice assessor as per the NMC Pre-registration Standards (2010).

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,800 2019/20: £14,080

This course will be open to international applicants from September 2018, fees to be confirmed. Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government.

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

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

From 2017/18, new students on nursing, midwifery and AHP pre-registration courses (which lead on to qualification with one of the health professional regulators) in England will take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students, rather than getting their fees paid by Health Education England and receiving an NHS bursary.

Further information on available funding and forthcoming changes can be found on the following links:

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - preferably including a science subject

A-Level: BBC, preferably including a science subject

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

IB Diploma: 30 points including 5 at Science Higher Level and 4 Maths at Standard Level

BTEC: DMM in relevant subject; eg Health and Social Care or science subject

Access to Higher Education Diploma. Pass Access course with 60 credits overall; 45 at level 3 which should include 12 credits in Biology/Human Biology.  GCSE English and Maths are now required as separate qualifications.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and gender. Mature students are also encouraged to apply.

Specific entry requirements

A-Level: BBC Preferably Science A Level

GCSE: 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 (B), or above, including Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject


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

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

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

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.

How to apply

International applicants

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

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

The Oxford campus provides a flourishing community in which to study nursing. We have strong collaborative links with placement partners in both the NHS and the independent sector in the delivery and development of the curriculum, and this ensures our students are fit to practise. The region is home to many specialist centres that are at the forefront of research and practice development. This means that our students are able to gain experience in placement settings that have national and international reputations for innovation and the quality of care offered to patients and their families.

The programme team is made up of highly experienced healthcare practitioners from a wide variety of clinical backgrounds and expertise, whose research interests have been published nationally and internationally.

Support for students studying MSci Nursing (Adult and Mental Health)

We provide a range of support services for students such as academic advisors, who will support your academic development, and student support coordinators who provide a drop in service for any queries you may have about any aspect of student life, covering both academic and personal welfare. During your practice experience you are supported by a mentor allocated from the practice staff team and a University link lecturer.

The University’s range of support services include Upgrade (academic skills development support) and the Student Disability and Dyslexia Service.


We offer specific accommodation for Nursing students to suit the longer duration of the course - this also means you will be living with other Nursing students. See our accommodation page for more information.

Specialist facilities

We offer a very friendly and supportive environment in which to learn and we consistently receive very high satisfaction ratings for student support and learning resources in student surveys.

 Facilities at Marston Road include:

  • a 280 seat lecture theatre
  • dedicated clinical skills suites and simulation resources
  • a movement laboratory
  • a family of computerised simulation manikins and birthing mother
  • an extensive range of anatomy models
  • dedicated computer rooms.

We also 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 increasingly important role in health care courses and an extensive range of learning resources can be accessed through ‘Brookes Virtual’ - an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Professional accreditation

The course meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (2010) and the requirements for the professional award.

Please note: NMC approval of this course is subject to review and can be withdrawn at any time.

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).