Master of Science in Mental Health Nursing

Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 53086

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

FT (Full-time)
PT (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time)
2 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

6 for local and non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$3,500 per credit for local students
HK$4,000 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Daniel Bressington

No information is available at present.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The role of the mental health nurse is evolving, as the mode of delivery of healthcare services in mental health has undergone major changes, both locally and internationally, in recent decades. This programme aims to enhance students' knowledge, skills and competencies in mental health promotion and care. It provides focused studies in areas/topics of contemporary mental health nursing and its related specialised and extended roles and functions.


  • Equipping students with the latest models of mental healthcare and psychotherapeutic skills
  • Preparation for students to extend the roles of advanced practice mental health/psychiatric nurses
  • Flexible study option for students to study in either part-time or full-time mode
  • Optional provision of a Postgraduate Diploma as an exit award
  • General registered nurses with relevant work experience in mental health care who wish to advance their mental health nursing practices are eligible to apply

Recognition & Prospects

This is the first and only local Master's degree in mental health nursing, providing essential information and training for advanced practice in mental health care.


The programme comprises a wide variety of Core and Elective Subjects specific to mental health nursing and advanced practices, together with different optional subjects on contemporary mental healthcare topics and issues.


For MSc qualification (30 credits), students are required to complete 6 credits from Compulsory and Elective Subjects, 9 credits from Core Subjects and a 9-credit Dissertation. They will be asked to select a dissertation topic that is relevant to psychiatric/mental health nursing practice and interventions.


For PgD qualification (18 credits), students are required to complete 6 credits from each of the Compulsory, Core and Elective Subject categories.

Subjects for MSc in Mental Health Nursing

Compulsory Subjects (6 credits):

Concepts of Advanced Nursing Practice (3 credits)
Advanced Methods in Nursing Research (Qualitative Research) (3 credits) OR
Advanced Methods in Nursing Research (Quantitative Research) (3 credits)

Core Subjects (9 credits):

Advanced Medication Management (3 credits)
Advanced Mental Health Assessment (3 credits)
Occupational Safety in Mental Health Care (3 credits)

Elective Subjects (6 credits):

Advanced Adult Psychiatric Nursing (3 credits)
Care of Older People with Mental Health Problems (3 credits)
Care of Older Persons with Cognitive Impairment (3 credits)
Community Mental Health Nursing (3 credits)
Skills in Cognitive Therapy (6 credits)
Working with Young People and Their Families to Improve Mental Health (3 credits)*

* Subject to approval

Dissertation (9 credits):

Dissertation for Mental Health Nursing (9 credits)

An individual research study (clinical research, systematic review or scientific, scholarly inquiry) to consolidate and apply their learning in practice. Each student will select an area/topic relevant to mental health nursing practice, education, promotion, or intervention for his/her academic inquiry or research.

Entrance Requirements

  • ​Bachelor's degree in mental health nursing or nursing, or the equivalent;
  • ​Professional qualification as a Registered Nurse (Psychiatric) currently practising in a specialty field; OR as a Registered Nurse (General) with at least 3 years of work experience in mental health care.

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information

No information is available at present.


For further programme information regarding admission, please contact:
The General Office, School of Nursing
Tel: (852) 2766 4369
Fax: (852) 2364 9663

Student Message

No information is available at present.

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate

  • ​Transcript showing academic results of the degree programme;
  • Certificate of Registration of the Nursing Council of Hong Kong; and
  • Practising certificate of the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.

Info Seminar

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