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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 14790 per year

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About Mental Health Nursing at City, University of London

This degree prepares you for a fulfilling and rewarding career in mental health nursing. You will learn to provide holistic compassionate care and support for people with mental health problems to be physically safe and emotionally secure.

Who is it for?

The BSc Mental Health Nursing degree is designed for students who are looking for a rewarding and challenging career. As a mental Health Nurse you should be patient and compassionate in-order to recognise patients' needs and the appropriate treatment programmes for them. It is all about helping people to make positive changes to their lives and supporting them on their journey of recovery.


The BSc Mental Health Nursing degree at City offers you the opportunity to train in one of London's leading and most well established departments for nursing education. Our priority is to ensure that you graduate with the skills and knowledge to enter the mental health nursing profession, which can often be a stressful and challenging environment, with confidence.

As a student at City you will combine theoretical study with clinical experience, working with London's diverse population in leading hospitals and community settings. We will prepare you for all aspects of the profession, including dealing with emergency situations, the effect of patients' physical health, detecting deterioration and how to approach, assess and provide the most appropriate care and treatment in differing situations.

Teaching is a combination of classroom theory, simulated practice within our specialist Clinical Skills Centre and practice placements; where you will spend time in a clinical environment gaining real-world experience working with service users. You may also benefit from our seminar programme which includes expert practice seminars with guest speakers and visiting academics.

If you have already graduated with a primary degree, City also offers a two year fast-track PG Dip Mental Health Nursing.


On successful graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification enabling you to practice in the UK and overseas.

Additional qualifications may be required in some countries.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level - Typically BBC or a combination of 'A' levels and other relevant qualifications.
  • UCAS tariff - 112 points. For more information on the new UCAS tariff system, please visit the UCAS website.
  • IB - 32 points.
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.
  • BTEC - DDM (Health and Social Care or Science-related subject only).
  • GCSE: A minimum of five passes at grade 4 (C) at GCSE, including English Language and Mathematics. We also accept Functional Skills English and Maths at Level 2, other equivalent GCSE qualifications are considered on an individual basis.

Access to HE Diploma

Pass in a QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma in a Nursing, Midwifery, Health, Science, or Social Care subject NOT Nutrition or Paramedic Studies with full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at Level 3 including 21 credits at Distinction. Applicants must also hold either GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C (4) or above, or Functional Skills English and Maths at Level 2. Other equivalent English Language and Mathematics qualifications will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Special requirements: Students are required to have occupational health and enhanced DBS (disclosure and barring service) clearance. Academic and character references are also required.

Shortlisted prospective applicants will be required to attend a selection process held at City, University of London where they will be required to demonstrate their numerical and literacy skills in addition to values that match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page.

English requirements

Applicants educated outside of an English speaking country, without GCSEs are required to hold IELTS at:

IELTS: 7.0 overall band score; with at least 7.0 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City's discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught by academics who are leading practitioners and researchers within the mental health sector. We have one of the most active mental health research centres in the UK, which informs mental health practice and policy and the curriculum you will be taught. This means that you will graduate with the knowledge and skills relevant to today's practice.

You will learn through a blended approach which includes face-to-face and online teaching and learning, e.g. lectures; facilitated group work; laboratory practicals; enquiry based learning; practice experience; simulated practice; guided independent study; student directed learning and online learning. At City we also use an innovative method of group work to support you and help you to develop the ability to understand and process the emotional impact of working in mental health.

We understand that mental health nursing is a challenging subject for students; we are committed to supporting you throughout your course.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:

  • Practice Assessment Document (PAD): used to demonstrate achievement of practice competencies and also to record the number of hours of practice experience
  • Written assignments, including essays: these may take the form of care studies in which you will be expected to relate your essay to a particular service user or as support another assessment such as a poster presentation
  • Written examinations: including short answer questions, multiple choice questions, calculations, scenario based
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs): practical skills assessments which enable you to demonstrate particular clinical, communication or teaching skills
  • Dissertation: this final project will enable you to choose a relevant topic of interest to you and demonstrate an in depth knowledge of this.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

25% scheduled learning, 63% independent learning, 12% placement

Year 2

13% scheduled learning, 50% independent learning, 37% placement

Year 3

0% scheduled learning, 50% independent learning, 50% placement.


Year 1

The first year focuses on relationship-centred care and considers the psychological, social and biological factors influencing health. Students are required to undertake a practice placement.

  • Foundations of Relationship Centred Practice, HS1011 30 credits
  • Relating Social Sciences to Healthy Communities, HS1012 15 credits
  • Developing Relationship Centred Care in Professional Practice, HS1021 15 credits
  • Valuing health and Social Care Across the Lifecourse, HS1022 15 credits
  • Understanding Concepts of Biology for Health, HS1023 15 credits
  • Introducing Clinical Practice HS1002 15 credits
  • Engaging in Practice 1 HS1001 15 credits

Year 2

In the second year, you will continue to explore these themes in the context of acute and long-term care. You can also pursue specific clinical interests on a two week elective practice placement in addition to course clinical placements.

Core modules

  • Core Biological Principles Relating to Pathophysiology and Therapeutics in Mental Health Nursing, HS2331 15 credits
  • Experiencing Acute Care, Diagnosis and Treatment: Mental Health Nursing, HS2332 15 credits
  • Experiencing Long Term Care, Rehabilitation and Recovery, HS2043 15 credits
  • Developing Clinical Practice, HS2002 15 credits
  • Engaging in Practice 2, HS2001 45 credits

Elective modules

You will choose one of the below

  • Family Centred Practice: Challenging perspectives of risk and resilience, HS2441 15 credits
  • Work based /work focused project, HS2442 15 credits
  • Fundenmentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, HS2443 15 credits
  • Infection Prevention and Control, HS2444 15 credits
  • Making a Difference: Research and Development in Care for Older People, HS2445 15 credits
  • Communities and Health, HS2446 15 credits
  • The Care of Children and Adults with Long Term Conditions, HS2447 15 credits
  • Engaging Technology in health and social care, HS2003 15 credits

Year 3

In the third year, the emphasis is on leading and managing in professional practice. You will undertake a 6,000 word dissertation. As part of the clinical placement experience, you will spend the final 12 weeks of the course in practice, have a placement base and opportunities to identify practice experiences with your mentor.

  • Leading and Managing in Health Care Practice, HS3051 15 credits
  • Dissertation, HS3061 45 credits
  • Managing Complex Care, HS3002 15 credits
  • Preparing for Registration, HS3003 (attendance only)
  • Engaging in practice 3, HS3001 45 credits

Download the relevant programme specification

Overall workload

  • Overall the programme hours are 2475 theory and 2512.5 practice experience
  • When in practice you will work the equivalent of 37.5 hours per week
  • Theoretical hours will consist of approximately 22 direct contact hours per 150 total hours allocated for each 15 credit module
  • In the remaining theoretical hours you will be expected to pursue guided independent study and self-directed study, some of which may be online
  • Time is also allocated within the programme for you to complete your assessments.

Year 1

17% scheduled learning, 64% independent learning, 19% placement

Year 2

14% scheduled learning, 42% independent learning, 44% placement

Year 3

9% scheduled learning, 29% independent learning, 62% placement.

Career prospects

Successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which provides an internationally recognised professional qualification allowing you to practice in the UK and overseas. Some countries require additional local registration.

Additional registration within countries maybe required if you choose to work overseas.

Nursing is a life-long career where you can develop your skills and interests within a range of specialisms and career paths. As well as a career as a mental health nurse, you can move into areas within the health and social care sector including advising on policy and quality of care and academic teaching and research. Graduates will also be able to go onto further study at MSc level including an MSc Advanced Practice degree at City.

100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course Type%In employment91.7Work and study0Further study8.3Unemployed0

Find out more about the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015-16

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14790 per year

Notes about fees for this course

More about fees

*The tuition fee for UK and EU students is determined by the UK Government and was £9,250 for the first year of study at City in 2017/18. The tuition fee for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 has not yet been confirmed: we will update these pages as soon as we receive confirmation. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government's Office for Budget Responsibility. However, this is subject to confirmation. The index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. If fees do increase in each subsequent year of study, we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study. Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index.

** The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students was £14,790 for the first year of study in 2018/19. Each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students, but this is also subject to confirmation.


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Find out more funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Student views

Mental Health Nursing student Eugene-Ricky shares his experience of studying at City and his advice for future students.


Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional skills. Approximately half of your time as a student will be spent gaining practice experience through clinical placements and simulated practice. Your clinical placements help you to explore the journeys of service users including older people, children and adolescents, the severely ill, those in recovery and those detained in secure settings.

As a student at City you will benefit from placements at the East London NHS Foundation Trust, where as well as experiencing standard practice environments you will also have the opportunity to gain experience within their specialist forensic unit The John Howard Centre and with patients who have learning disabilities.

Whilst on placement you will be fully supported by City and will receive regular visits by your link lecturer (approximately once a week). You will also have a dedicated placement facilitator within the workplace who will support your development whilst on placement. Many of our mental health nursing graduates work within the hospitals and trusts we partner with and are always happy to see a fellow City student.

Find further information about our placement partners and trusts under our School of Health Sciences section.

Academic facilities

Simulated practice enables you to practise your skills in a safe environment, in preparation for transferring these skills to a 'real life' setting. Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at City's Northampton Square Campus has been designed especially for teaching  and reflects clinical environments and working wards, so you can familiarise yourself with equipment and practices before commencing placements.

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