MN Masters in Nursing (Mental Health)

Postgraduate, Full-time

Masters in Nursing (Mental Health) MN

Shape the future of mental health nursing with this Masters programme which includes registration


The Masters in Nursing (MN) is a programme designed for graduates which enables you to achieve a post-graduate Masters qualification alongside gaining your nursing registration. The MN underpins all aspects of nursing practice and leads to eligibility for registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional register in Mental Health.

It is a full-time, three year post-graduate degree which aims to provide you with a range of learning, teaching and assessment experiences that will enable you to become a critically reflective postgraduate nurse with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of your respective field of nursing.

Throughout this programme you will be in University studying theory (50%) and then have the opportunity to engage in clinical-based learning (50%) in a variety of health and social care settings anywhere within the Lothian and Borders area; with the potential that students will have at least one placement in the Borders.

Integrated into this programme is the opportunity to engage in a mobility practice placement outwith NHS Lothian and Borders or internationally, and attend conferences and workshops.

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Mode of Study:



3 years



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Course details

Nurses today need to be able to demonstrate competence in nursing care across the patient’s lifespan. To deliver this, they need to be able to work flexibly, inter-professionally and collaboratively in a dynamic and ever-changing health and social care arena.

Our nursing programme takes account of the key drivers in health and social care at local, national and international levels and is developed in partnership with our clinical partners, students, service users and carers.

During each year of the programme you will learn alongside colleagues from all fields of nursing (Child Health, Adult Health, and Learning Disability) and will work with peers from the Masters in Nursing (MN) and the Bachelor Nursing (BN) programme. The course is designed so that you will acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding which gives you specific skills and competences to work within a variety of health and social care settings. As you progress through the programme there is increasing field specialisation which enables you to deliver high quality, evidence based, and person-centred care across a range of care settings.

On completion, this course will have supported you to become a creative, autonomous, innovative and dynamic nurse with an excellent grounding in nursing theory and practice incorporating current developments within your chosen field of nursing.

Additional mandatory costs

Students are expected to pay for the registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, £120.


Year 1

  • Foundations of health and well-being {Masters} 1A
  • Foundations of health and well-being (Bridging) 1B
  • Developing Professionalism {Bridging} 2A
  • Developing Professionalism {Masters} 2B

Nursing Practice 1 

  • Nursing Practice 2 (Mental health)

Year 2 

  • Essential Theory and Skills for Mental health Practice {Masters} 3A 
  • Essential Theory and Skills for Mental health Practice {Masters} 3B
  • Effective Interagency working in healthcare {Masters} 4A
  • Effective Interagency working in healthcare {Masters} 4B
  • Nursing Practice 3 (Mental health)
  • Nursing Practice 4 (Mental health)

Year 3

  • Critical Perspectives of Mental health {Masters} 5A
  • Critical Perspectives of Mental health {Masters} 5B
  • Effective Leadership in Healthcare {Masters} 6 Dissertation
  • Nursing Practice 5 (Mental health)
  • Nursing Practice 6 (Mental health)
  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Year 1 lays the foundations about what the role of the nurse is and introduces you to the Nursing and Midwifery Code as well as theories and models of nursing and nursing skills.  It also focuses on anatomy and physiology, determinants of health across the life span, communication, compassionate care, and ethics and inter-professional working. You will also begin to develop critical academic writing skills and will by the end of year 1 have the necessary tool kit to build on these skills as an autonomous learner.

    Year 2 builds on the work undertaken previously, but also introduces factors which influence health and well-being such as global and national public health priorities. You will explore the impact of altered health status on the individual and their family/carers over the life span. In addition, you will acquire deeper understanding of inter-professional health and social care delivery which includes looking at aspects of co-production, individuals’ rights and inclusion.

    Year 3 builds and consolidates your knowledge within your specific field of nursing. Here you will look more specifically at complex health care needs, health and social care delivery, interventions, governance, leadership and professional decision-making. You will undertake a dissertation nested in quality improvement or leadership which provides opportunities to build upon your prior learning and experience in an area of nursing that is of interest to you.

  • note and pen Assessments

    Assessments are varied, from essay writing, exams, report/case study, portfolio to on-line discussions and assessment of nursing skills.

  • briefcase Work placement

    Integrated into this programme are practice placements within NHS Lothian and Borders within Health and Social Care settings. There is also the potential to engage in an out of area (mobility practice placement) nationally or internationally. Within the university there are also opportunities for expanding your practice by volunteering in a range of activities, such as the food bank, charities and working with researchers in the School.  Where possible we encourage you to attend conferences, workshops and participate in exchange programmes.*

    *These experiences may require funding through sponsorship/self-funding.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    Integrated into this programme is the opportunity to have a mobility practice learning placement locally or internationally.

  • library Facilities

    You will have the opportunity to practice nursing skills in both Lothian and Borders, as well exposure to social care services. For your theoretical/skills teaching you will be based at the Sighthill Campus in Edinburgh and have the opportunity to work in a world-class skills unit and social living space. This enables you to experience high quality simulated scenarios and activities which reflect real life in care settings/patient homes.

    The University is committed to delivering high quality programmes of learning and offers excellent support in terms of study facilities, library services, pastoral and academic skills support. Within the programme you will also have a personal development tutor who will support you and work co-productively to enable you to progress throughout the programme.



Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a First degree or Honours degree.

In addition applicants must also have Higher/A Level English grade C, Higher/A Level Biology/Human Biology grade C and National 5/GCSE grade C/4 in Maths, or equivalent.

Interview Requirements

There will be a selection interview and all candidates must meet NMC requirements of good health and good character. Competition for places varies from year-to-year and achievement of the typical minimum entry requirements does not always guarantee shortlisting for interview or a place on the course.

Admission to the programme is dependent upon a satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) check. This will be conducted as part of the induction week.  The cost of the PVG check will be paid by the University.

Previous Nursing Students

Please note that students who have already studied a Nursing degree are unlikely to receive funding for a second Nursing degree.

English Language Requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in each component, excluding Writing which requires 6.5).  Alternatively, Occupational English Test with grade B in all components.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2019/20 2020/21
Scotland/EU Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland* Fees are funded by the NHS Scotland*
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,250** £9,250**

The Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary (NMSB) Scheme provides financial support for students on pre-registration Nursing and Midwifery courses in Scotland. The scheme is administered by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

From 2020/1, students normally domiciled in Scotland are eligible to claim £10,000 as a non-income-assessed personal allowance per year of study.

**Please note, whilst this programme leads to a Masters level qualification, the course is eligible for student funding in the same way as undergraduate nursing programmes are, and therefore offer holders should apply for funding via these routes.


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Edinburgh Napier University is the largest provider of nursing professionals in Scotland. This MN programme has the potential to deliver post-graduate nurses who have excellent career prospects across hospitals and local communities, voluntary organisations and the private sector.

As new registrants, you will initially take up band 5 posts. After consolidation of your practice there are range of opportunities available to you and it is anticipated that as a critically reflective practitioner with excellent leadership skills you will be well prepared to consider applying for roles (see below for examples) nationally or internationally within the NHS, Social care or in the private sector:

  • Lecturer in nursing
  • Research Nurse
  • Senior Nursing positions
  • Lead clinician for a charity
  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Consultant