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Nursing with Registration as a Mental Health Nurse MSc

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The UK Government has announced that nursing, midwifery and many allied health students will benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 a year. The funding will be available from September 2020 and will not have to be repaid. Find out more here

Whether your background is in psychology, history or art, mental health nursing is a rewarding career with unlimited potential for doing good in the world.

We don’t accept everyone on our course – we want to be sure you have the potential to succeed in this demanding job. But once you’re part of our community, we’ll do everything we can to make sure you’re happy and achieving your best.


  • Study at the #1 Nursing faculty in the UK and 2nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019). Spearheaded by the Dean, Professor Ian Norman- a qualified and practicing mental health nurse, social worker and the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Nursing Studies.
  • With King's, mental health nursing students can experience working at the UK’s biggest provider of mental health services and could gain clinical placement experience at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust- renowned for being the world’s oldest psychiatric ward
  • Join our diverse, friendly community – people of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities come here to study


Key information

Application status Closed

Duration Two years

Study mode Full-time

Credit value 180

Programme accreditations This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Course leaders Sharon Jupp, Department of Mental Health.

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care



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Meet Brenda, one of our postgraduate entry mental health nursing students as she talks about her course, her aspirations after completing her nursing with registration studies and what she loves about studying at King's College London.

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Course detail


Our Mental Health course equips you with both the practical skills and the theoretical understanding of how to care for people effectively. Being in the heart of London, you’ll come across a really diverse mix of patients and situations. So when you leave King’s, you’ll be ready to take on any challenge.

Graduating students will possess the knowledge, skills and values to perform competently with a range of clients/patients and presentations, both in hospitals and in community settings. They will also develop skills in planning, leading and evaluating high quality care to clients/patients, their families and carers and to work effectively with inter-professional and inter-agency teams.

As you’d expect from a mental health course, we’re committed to supporting you. Our staff and student wellbeing research project helps us develop new ways to improve welfare.



A lot of your time will be spent on placements at hospitals around London. We’ll cover the theory side of your work with lectures and seminars at King’s too. Teaching happens at our campuses, including:

  • Guy’s
  • Waterloo
  • Denmark Hill
  • St Thomas’

Course purpose

The overall aims of the programme are to enable graduates to acquire advanced understanding, knowledge and skills in nursing in order that they may deliver, develop, lead and research healthcare practice. In addition, the programme aims to ensure that nurses who graduate are skilled, competent and compassionate professionals who have satisfied the academic and clinical requirements and standards stipulated in the NMC standards of proficiency and the academic requirements of King's College London for the award of a Masters degree.

Course format and assessment


Many of our students work or have families. So we try to be accommodating with teaching schedules, often keeping your commitment to three days a week. It’s a demanding course, but we’re sure you’ll find it’s worth it!

Half of your time will be spent gaining practical experience on placements. The other half will be learning the theory – through lectures, seminars, simulations, and private study.

Our teaching staff play to their strengths. So every topic you’ll learn about will be taught by a specialist with real expertise in that area.


We know that everyone has their own way of learning so we assess your work in different ways depending on the module. Sometimes this might be an exam, sometimes a presentation, a practical assessment, or dissertation.

Extra information

Please Note: The MSc with Registration courses have now replaced the PG Dip with Registration that were discontinued for 2019 entry.


Year 1

Student-centred learning is pivotal to our philosophy, and our teaching methods support and encourage self-development and awareness through reflection on experience. We utilise practitioners, researchers and lecturers to deliver high-quality research-based teaching.

Required Modules
  • The Practice of Mental Health Nursing 1 (45 credits)
  • The Practice of Mental Health Nursing 2 (45 credits)
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this course.

Year 2

Required Modules
  • Transitioning to Registrant (45 Credits)
  • Professional Practice Dissertation (45 Credits)
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this course.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry requirements
Minimum UK requirements 2:1

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours degree and 575 hours (approximately equivalent to four months FT) healthcare-related experience.

Applicants who have achieved a high 2:2 may still be considered, and will need to ensure they include their grades for each module for all years of study on their application, or attach a transcript from all years of study at the time of application.

Grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English, or equivalent.

It is highly desirable for applicants to have studied Biology or Human Science to GCSE level or equivalent.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Application procedure

Applications will be processed through UCAS. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a selection day before offers are made.

Meeting the Numeracy & Literacy requirements for the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements

Applicants need to have already achieved, or be on track to achieve, grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English, or equivalent, including overseas equivalents and Functional Skills. 

Personal statement and supporting information

A personal statement will be required when you apply through UCAS. Applicants will also be required to provide a reference as part of their application along with details on their qualifications.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application through UCAS as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 15 January 2020. Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £9,250 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £29,800 (2020/21)

The UK Government has announced that nursing, midwifery and many allied health students will benefit from guaranteed, additional support of at least £5,000 a year. The funding will be available from next year and will not have to be repaid. Find out more here

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £29,800 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Additional costs/expenses

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees.




Students are provided with an initial set of uniforms for the duration of the programme. If students require additional uniforms these will have to be purchased.

Indicative cost £15 - dress and £30 - new tunic & trouser set


Students are also required to purchase appropriate footwear for mandatory training and placement. Estimated cost £20-45

Disclosure and Barring certificates/  clearance

The Faculty will pay for students to undergo one DBS check. Any subsequent checks required will need to be paid for by the student. Estimated cost £50


Subject to eligibility and approval by the Faculty, students are able to arrange their own elective clinical placements either in the UK or overseas. Students are required to make the necessary arrangements for any electives, including costs such as travel, accommodation, visas and additional vaccinations.


Students will be required to arrange and pay for the necessary vaccinations prior to enrolment.  Multiple vaccinations may be required. Indicative cost £10-30 per vaccination.


In order that healthcare students can continue to access clinical placements, the Department of Health will commit to providing all new healthcare students a £303 payment as a non-repayable grant. This will not affect healthcare students’ ability to access funding from the standard higher education support system to pay for their essential travel costing over £303. The government recognises that some healthcare courses require students to attend training at clinical placement providers which are long distances from their university or to spend significant time away from their place of study. These situations result in either greater travel costs or the need to rent extra accommodation. Providing the case for both educational provision and value for money can be demonstrated, any student who finds that they are at a financial disadvantage as a result of their clinical placement will be entitled to re-imbursement of costs associated with secondary accommodation. Further details will be published by the Department of Health in due course.


Students will be required to pay for missed mandatory training sessions and any missed Occupational Health appointments. Missed theory and practical sessions for mandatory training ranges from £15-£45. Missed OH appointments ranges from £17 for a General Appointment to £122 for a specialist appointment.

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Any costs incurred as a result of working in a specific clinical setting where you are not employed
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

We are the leading Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care in London, holding an excellent reputation for producing outstanding clinicians and world leaders in specialist areas. Graduates who qualify from our courses also gain professional registration as a Mental Health Nurse from the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Many of our qualifying nurses go on to further study or gain employment in prominent London NHS Trusts, while others choose to work elsewhere in the UK and abroad. There are varied choices of career destinations from hospital and in-patient services, community services and teams, charity and independent sector, criminal justice system and prisons, research, teaching and management. Whatever the chosen pathway, our mental health graduates are well-prepared to face the challenges of a career in mental health and the complexities of pioneering healthcare.



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