What will I learn?


The overall aim of this programme is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes you will need to meet the challenges of being a mental health nurse in the changing context of healthcare and to succeed in the modern National Health Service or Private, Voluntary and Independent Sector.

This two-year master's degree provides you with lifelong learning and working opportunities as well as a strong focus on nursing leadership. You will gain valuable theoretical knowledge alongside practical experience. The cohorts are small and this helps to ensure that you receive the support you require to help you get the best out of the programme.

Throughout the two years, you will gain extensive clinical experience in a variety of different settings, including inpatient wards, forensic and community settings.

The MSc Mental Health Nursing degree focuses on caring for individuals across the lifespan. Emphasis on evidence based practice, the indivisible link between physical and metal ill health and leading and coordinating care will provide you with the proficiencies to apply to be a registered mental health nurse.

The degree also concentrates on the supportive role of the nurse with families of individuals being cared for. The degree will prepare you to practise as a knowledgeable, caring and compassionate nurse, proficient in professional and ethical practice, care delivery, care management and personal and professional development.

Career prospects

The taught postgraduate programmes in the School of Health Sciences provide an opportunity for healthcare professionals to develop, specialise and extend the scope of their skills into new areas, to meet the constantly evolving service demands for advanced practitioners and senior health professionals.

There are many reasons why you should consider a career in mental health nursing. It offers you the chance to make a difference to lives of individuals, their families and their carers.

Graduates in Mental Health Nursing are a vital part of modern health care, and employment opportunities are available in the UK and abroad.

Which department am I in?

School of Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£22,400.00 (US$ 30,110) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

January 2022


University of Liverpool

The Foundation Building,

765 Brownlow Hill,


L69 7ZX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Each application is assessed on its own merits, however students will usually be expected to hold a master's degree. Previous exposure to research or thesis writing is highly desirable. Students need to have IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

For international students

We welcome applications from graduates in possession of a minimum 2:1 Bachelors Degree across a range of disciplines, eg biological sciences, health or social sciences. We will consider those with a 2:2 classification in their degree who are able to provide wider contextual information or recent relevant experience of further study. Non-science degrees may be accepted but each application will be considered on its own merits. In addition applicants must also have GCSE grades 5-9 (or grades A*-C if assigned according to previous grading system), which include Maths, English Language and a Science (dual award is accepted). IELTS: Overall 7.0 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each component). TOEFL iBT: 100, with no element lower than 22.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London

About University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is a world-leading institution, with more than 7,700 international students from over 130 countries.

  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group
  • A dedicated support team for international students
  • One of the top 25 UK universities targeted by employers
  • Located in one of the UK’s most iconic cities

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