24 months
14500 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc in Nursing - Adult or Mental Health from Canterbury Christ Church University is an accelerated nursing course leading to registration as an adult or mental health nurse.


Nursing is a rewarding and challenging career that can offer you a wealth of opportunities once you have qualified. As an autonomous registered nurse, in either the Adult or Mental Health field of practise, you will have the opportunity to work alongside people experiencing changes to their health and wellbeing.

On successful completion of the Nursing - Adult or Mental Health programme from Canterbury Christ Church University, you will be eligible to register your qualification with the NMC and practise as a registered nurse within your chosen field.

Why study MSc Nursing?

If you already have a Bachelor’s degree with Honours from any field of academic study, you can qualify as a nurse in two years on our MSc course instead of three years on a BSc Nursing degree.

If you are unsure which field of nursing practice (Adult or Mental Health) is right for you, on our course you can change your chosen field at the end of the first semester.

All about the course

During the first semester, each student will undertake a four-week practice experience in both a mental health care setting and an adult physical health care setting. Following these two experiences you will be offered the opportunity change or confirm the field of nursing practice you would like to complete (subject to practice learning capacity). You will then continue with your studies and undertake your field specific modules.

The course is equally divided between practice and theoretical learning. You will spend two years studying full-time which will include undertaking seven modules and 1600 hours of practice learning. By successfully completing the programme you will have gained 180 level seven credits and will be awarded a Master of Science in Nursing (Adult or Mental Health).

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to practice and work directly with people experiencing changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing in a variety of settings, including their homes and the wider community (including primary, secondary and tertiary care settings). 

You will be part of a clinical supervision group throughout the programme where you will reflect on and develop your practice. Simulated practice learning will be incorporated into your learning and will focus on the development of clinical and communication skills.

Your future career

Successful completion of the MSc Nursing will make you eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a registered adult or mental health nurse. This will open up a wide range of exciting career opportunities for you including working in specialist clinical practice, management, education, research or using your skills in the armed forces. You could also choose to travel and explore the possibility of practising overseas.

Additionally, on successful completion of the course there are opportunities within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to progress onto further postgraduate continuing professional development, including specialist education and PhD studies.

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • Nursing Research
  • Social Justice and Ethics in Nursing Practice
  • Applied Mental Health Nursing Practice (Mental Health pathway only)
  • Applied Adult Nursing Practice (Adult pathway only)
  • Leadership and Developing Others

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




240 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • For the MSc Nursing (Adult/ Mental Health) you will hold a Bachelor's degree with Honours at a 2:1 in any subject or a 2:2 in a health related subject, such as Biological Sciences, Psychology or Public Health.
  • You must also hold maths and English GCSE grade 4-9 (A-C) or Functional Skills Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Prior to beginning the course you will need to have undertaken 750 hours of practice experience. You will then need to submit a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) application portfolio of evidence that documents these 750 hours and includes a CV, record of application for Disclosure Barring Scheme (DBS) and occupational health clearance and a supporting statement reflecting how these experiences have prepared you to undertake the MSc Nursing.
  • If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no element below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14500 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Canterbury

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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