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Nurses are the largest profession working in mental health services. With a quarter of the population thought to have some form of mental health issues, it's clear that nurses have an essential role in supporting people. As a mental health nurse, you’ll have the vital and challenging role of establishing therapeutic relationships with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups. This pre-registration course gives you the essential skills to make evidence-based interventions and provide care, while respecting and valuing the aspirations of individuals with mental health challenges.

As with our other nursing courses, you’ll spend half your time on placements in clinical settings, putting what you’ve learned into practice.

Why choose this course?

Mental Health nurses have a vital and challenging role in establishing  therapeutic relationships with individuals who experience mental health problems.

These include:

  • Providing support to families, relatives and carers
  • Responding to changing needs
  • Promoting mental and physical health recovery and general wellbeing

This highly specialised branch of nursing focuses on caring and supporting individuals of all age groups suffering from mental problems or mental distress in different care settings including:

  • Individuals’ homes
  • Inpatient
  • Outpatient
  • General hospitals
  • Community and rehabilitation units

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team including GPs psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, arts therapists and healthcare assistants.

100% of our Mental Health Nursing graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

What job can I get?

The course entitles you to apply to register as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This opens up a range of fascinating and rewarding career options for both work and advancement in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, community practice, individuals’ homes and rehabilitation units.

There are different mental health fields in which a registered nurse can work, and some mental health nursing roles include: staff nurse, community mental health nurse, crisis nurse, nurse practitioner or specialist, modern matron and consultant nurse.

Professional Accreditations

Entitlement to apply to enter the professional register of the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health).

Course details


The course entitles you to apply for register as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This opens up a range of fascinating and rewarding career options for both work and advancement in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, community practice, individuals’ homes and rehabilitation units. There are different mental health fields a registered nurse can work and some mental health nursing roles include; Staff Nurse, Community Mental Health Nurse, Crisis Nurse, Nurse Practitioners or Specialists, Modern Matrons and  Consultant Nurse. Some individuals advance to become senior managers, researchers and educators. Care, compassion and kindness are at the centre of safe, effective and personalised care.  and  which future careers are realistic options for an individual depends on their interests, level of education and experience.

100% of our of our mental health nursing students go on to employment or further study within 6 months of graduating.

Teaching methods

Your time will be split equally (50/50) between classroom based learning and practical placements. You will have the opportunity to link practical experience to theoretical learning and vice versa.

During your placements you will undertake:

  • Supervised practice - working with qualified nurses to develop clinical skills
  • Training and education activities within the placement setting
  • Skills development activities to ensure patients' needs are met

Your time at the University will be spent in:

  • standard lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • laboratories
  • case studies
  • individual and group projects

In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to hone your independent study and interpersonal skills by undertaking a major project or dissertation.

Work Placement

Practice placements are organised within neighbouring NHS Trusts in Hertfordshire and North London and in other settings including the private and voluntary sectors. There is the opportunity to learn with and from people in the community and in hospitals where mental health nursing is delivered. The placement experiences are wide and varied. An elective/alternative placement is offered at the end of the second year which gives you the opportunity to gain mental health experience elsewhere in the UK, abroad, or in specialised regional and national centres of excellence.


Level 4

Core Modules

  • An Introduction to Interprofessional Education - 15 Credits
  • Learning for Professional Development I - 15 Credits
  • The Personal Journey in Mental Health Nursing 1 - 30 Credits
  • Biological Basis for Health and Wellbeing - 30 Credits
  • Professional Aspects of Care - 15 Credits
  • Concepts and Theories for Mental Health and Wellbeing - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Engagement and Assessment for Mental Health Nursing (level 5) - 30 Credits
  • Safeguarding Mental Health (level 5) - 15 Credits
  • Learning for Professional Development II - 15 Credits
  • The Personal Journey in Mental Health Nursing II - 30 Credits
  • Engagement in Recovery for Mental Health Nursing (level5) - 30 Credits


Level 6

Core Modules

  • Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education - 15 Credits
  • Learning for Professional Development III - 15 Credits
  • The Challenge of Mental Health Nursing - 30 Credits
  • The Personal Journey in Mental Health Nursing III - 30 Credits
  • Imagination & Innovation in Evidence-based Nursing Care - 30 Credits


Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £13000 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Our international fees include the cost of practice placements, occupational health, Disclosure and Baring Service(DBS) check, and uniform.

NHS Funding for UK/EU Students

Students studying on nursing, midwifery or allied health professional courses funded by Health Education England, who start from September 2017 will have access to the same student loans support package and support for living costs as other students. The new arrangements also apply to students planning to take these courses as a second qualification.

The NHS will no longer grant bursaries. There will be, however, additional funding by the NHS Business Services Authority for some nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students because of the compulsory clinical placement required by these courses. This funding will cover students with child dependants and severe hardship. It will also cover travel and accommodation expenses incurred over and above the daily travel costs to university and for those who need dual accommodation.

For more information about the changes visit the gov.uk website and the Funding Clinic.


Due to the nature of your programme, your studies are likely to continue over the summer period, requiring an extended period of accommodation on campus. There are 2 accommodation options available to you:

  • Option 1 - 42 week accommodation: if you opt for this accommodation contract but need to stay on campus for up to 50 weeks, this will mean that you will have to move accommodation and we cannot guarantee that this will be at the same cost, and may be higher.
  • Option 2 - 50 week accommodation: if you opt for this accommodation contract, which is recommended, this will allow you to complete your studies over the summer period without having to move accommodation.  If you choose this option you cannot change to a 42 week contract at a later stage.

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Find out more about scholarships for UK/EU and international students

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019 entry

104-168 UCAS Points

A Levels

  • UCAS tariff points equating to a minimum of 104 from A levels or 14-19 Diploma in Society, Health and Development must achieve a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points


Access to Higher Education Diploma Courses: Full Award - with at least  45 credits,  which must achieve the equivalent of a minimum 104 UCAS tariff points. 

Candidates without GCSE Mathematics and English at grade 4 or above must complete equivalents such as Key Functional Skills Level 2. The Access to Higher Education Diploma must have been obtained within the last 5 years.


5 GCSE's at grade 4 or above. Must include: English and Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent qualifications, for example, Key Functional Skills Level 2. NVQ qualifications including Adult numeracy and literacy qualifications as well as Access to Higher Education Diploma equivalents are not accepted.)

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

Other equivalent qualifications, for example, 

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are considered without the GCSEs requirements
  • International qualifications are considered on an individual basis for equivalency using the United Kingdom’s National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC). Where International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is offered as evidence of literacy, the programme will apply the NMC requirements for overseas applicants to the register i.e. where the scores are at least 6.5 in the listening and reading sections and at least 6.5 in the writing and speaking sections and where the overall average score is 6.5.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

All offers will be subject to the applicants demonstration of the NHS constitution’s “Values and Behaviours”, satisfactory interviews, numeracy and literacy test, occupational health screening, two satisfactory references and the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks. You can view the full NHS Constitution for England on the Government website

If you have qualifications that are not listed above, please contact us to find out if you meet our entrance requirements.

Offer subject to:  

  • Satisfactory interview
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course Occupational Health Screening 
  • Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and clearance.
  • Two satisfactory references

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