Mental Health Nursing at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Course summary

Overview Help change lives for the better and improve the patient experience on this MN Mental Health Nursing degree. Designed in partnership with local NHS Trusts, you'll gain real-life healthcare experience in a variety of settings, including community practices and hospitals. Once you graduate, you'll have the advanced theoretical and practical knowledge to provide high-quality patient care and become a registered Mental Health Nurse. Course highlights

  • Gain clinical expertise from registered nurses within the mental health field
  • Practise clinical skills and nursing scenarios with simulated patients and actors in our realistic Centre for Simulation in Health and Care
  • Develop practical skills on clinical placements in local communities and hospital environments
  • Develop the skills you need to lead change in healthcare and improve patient outcomes
Careers and opportunities Careers this Master’s prepares you for When you graduate from the MN Mental Health Nursing degree course, you'll have the knowledge and practical skills to work across the healthcare field locally and nationally, while leading the way in innovation and patient care. Once you become a newly registered mental health nurse, you'll be ready to take on a hugely important role in our healthcare system, with opportunities to work in a variety of nursing roles in primary, secondary and community health care. Graduates of this course could work in:
  • Charity and aid work
  • Nurse education and mentoring in practice or in higher education settings
  • Healthcare management in ward manager or lead nurse roles
  • Research nursing
After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


Year 1:

  • Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice (30 credits)
  • Fundamental Knowledge and Skills for Nursing (30 credits)
  • Integrated Care for People with Acute and Long Term Conditions (30 credits)
Year 2:
  • Evidence, Innovation and Improvement in Nursing (15 credits)
  • Improvement Project (15 credits)
  • Professional Responsibilities and Governance in Nursing (15 credits)
  • Proficiency in Mental Health Nursing Practice (45 credits)
Changes to course content We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, course content is revised and regularly reviewed. This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.

Assessment method

Assessment You'll be assessed through: essays, reports, case studies and reflective accounts clinical practice assessments including portfolios and simulation tests and examinations presentations and scientific posters 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.

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree, or equivalent, completed within the last 5 years. Applicants should have completed 12 years of general education with relevant documentation to support this (or 10 years with relevant vocational training). All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview in support of their application, and will be asked to submit a portfolio of evidence that they have a minimum of 800 hours of prior relevant clinical experience and 650 hours of relevant theory learning. If successful, applicants will be required to declare if they have been subject to any disciplinary procedures of fitness to practice by any other regulator, professional body, employer or educational establishment. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with a minimum component score of 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking, and 6.5 in writing.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £17900 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Mental Health Nursing at University of Portsmouth - UCAS