There's always demand for Mental Health Nurses, and it takes a special kind of person to work in the field. You need empathy, compassion and commitment, as well as professional experience and specialist training. If you're able to bring the former, we'll provide the latter.
This BN (Hons) Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health) degree has been developed collaboratively with local healthcare providers, and will give extensive experience at delivering mental healthcare in the local community. You'll also build your clinical skillset through simulated procedures and scenarios.
When you graduate, you'll be ready to start work as a Mental Health Nurse: you'll be eligible to seek admission to part 1 (Mental Health) of the professional Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) register. This degree course also meets all of the EU requirements for employment as a Registered Nurse abroad.
Our Nursing and Midwifery courses are ranked number 11 in the UK (The Guardian University Guide, 2021).
NHS bursary – at least £5,000 a year
When you study this course from October 2020, you may be eligible for an NHS bursary of £5,000–£8,000 a year.
What you'll experience
On this course you’ll:
- Observe, examine, assess and engage with service users in both community and hospital settings
- Develop skills in evidence based decision making to support and deliver best practice in mental health nursing
- Use simulation facilities to develop and refine your clinical skills and competence
- Develop critical thinking, resilience and leadership skills
Teaching methods on this course include:
- independent study
- workplace simulation
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- Academic work including essays, reports, case studies and reflective accounts
- Performance-based clinical practice assessments including objective structured clinical examinations and activity in simulation
- In-class tests and examinations
- Presentations and scientific posters
- Work-based projects
- Online learning activities
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select.
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.
What jobs can you do with a Nursing (Mental Health) degree?
You'll be ready to take on a number of roles on graduation, including:
- Mental Health Nurse
- Practice Educator
- Specialist Practitioner
- Advanced Clinical Practitioner
- Crisis Team Leader
- Clinical Researcher
- Leadership and Management
- Nurse Education
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University. After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Work experience and career planning
You'll spend a large amount of time on this course in clinical practice placements. These placements give you practical experience in caring for people with acute and long-term physical and mental health conditions of all kinds, in many settings. Together with our partner trusts, we'll develop you into a confident, independent, adaptable and professional Mental Health Nurse.
So that you're fully prepared for practice in the mental health sector, a key element of your work experience will be working shifts at weekends and at night, as there's demand for mental health care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Attending these work experience opportunities may require a lot of travel.