Mental Health Nursing at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

Course summary

If you are a compassionate, kind and caring person who wants a career where you can make a real difference, then mental health nursing could be for you. You’ll become part of a team that works to offer outstanding patient-centred care, guiding your patients through their most vulnerable moments and making a difference to their lives. With BNU, you’ll benefit from our combined learning approach of theory and practice, supportive and experienced course team, and our specialist facilities. Upon completion of the degree, you’ll be eligible to register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council. NHS Training grant of £5,000 available; check eligibility criteria at: Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? Our MSc in pre-registration Mental Health Nursing is designed for high achieving graduates, recognising that you’ll bring transferable academic skills, healthcare experience and valuable life experience to your studies. This fast-track two-year degree programme integrates postgraduate academic study alongside practice-based learning. It is underpinned by a strong collaboration between the University, service users (experts by experience) and our NHS practice partners, helping you to gain the knowledge and skills you need for your future career in mental health nursing. We will support and nurture you throughout the programme, so you can become compassionate, proficient, confident, and digitally-able registered mental health nurses. We will also prepare you for future leadership and specialist roles within the integrated care system. As professional nurses and educators, staff bring a wealth of clinical expertise and research activity. An existing and expanding portfolio of health and social care courses, including midwifery, physiotherapy, operating department practitioner, social worker, physician associate as well as specialist community and public health nurses, provide opportunities for inter-professional learning. In addition, expert specialist nurses regularly deliver tailored sessions and service users (experts by experience) also support on the programme. This will allow you to benefit from their experiences and expertise, insights and perspectives to enhance your learning. Throughout the programme, you’ll take part in simulated learning experiences. This will enable you to recreate authentic scenarios, practice your skills, and build your confidence in a safe environment. On successful completion of our MSc in Mental Health Nursing, you will be able to become an advocate for, and to empower, individuals, families, communities, and populations throughout the life span, assimilating current health data and economics, assessing and meeting health needs, improving health outcomes and positively impacting on health. You will also be able to lead the care of people with complex healthcare needs to optimise independence, manage risk and reduce vulnerability across organisations and settings. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be able to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to practice as a registered Mental Health nurse in the UK. What facilities can I use? At our Uxbridge Campus, in West London, we have impressive facilities with state-of-the-art equipment. You’ll get to recreate real scenarios so when you’re out on placement you’ll be confident in your mental health nursing skills. The simulation areas are equipped to a national standard of excellence. Our facilities offer a high-fidelity environment, which includes the use of NHS approved consumables, genuine functioning equipment and a combination of actors and technology enhanced manikins. The essential element of de-brief in simulation is undisputed; audio/visual technology is available and widely used by the teaching teams to enhance feedback to learners.


Part one Core Modules Health Sciences for Nursing Social Sciences for Nursing Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing Introduction to Practice (Mental Health) Part two Core Modules Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibilities in Nursing Assessing Biopsychosocial Needs and Planning Care in Mental Health Nursing Leading, Coordinating and Evaluating Mental Health Care Progressing in Practice (Mental Health) Part three Core Modules Developing Practice Dissertation for Nursing Achieving Competence in Practice (Mental Health)

Assessment method

We ensure that the assessments are varied and relevant to the practical elements of the course and your future profession, helping to give you the skills and knowledge for your future career as a mental health nurse. Assessments will include: reflective writing, reports, essays, oral assessment and presentations, numeracy exams, short answer question exam, OSCE (Observed structured Clinical Examination), practice assessments and research proposal.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






Northern Ireland

Republic of Ireland

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

To study this course, you will need to have a 2:1 or above in any subject/discipline. Consideration will be given to applicants who have achieved a 2:2 in a subject with relevant content and experience, e.g., sociology; psychology; physiology; bio- chemistry; health studies or social work. Additional entry requirements include: * Evidence of study within the previous five years. * Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. * Evidence of 500 hours of related clinical practice demonstrated through an enhanced CV within the last 3 years. * Evidence of 500 hours of related theoretical work aligned to nursing and healthcare demonstrated through an enhanced CV within the last 3 years.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks



Evidence of 500 hours of related clinical practice demonstrated through an enhanced CV within the last 3 years. Evidence of 500 hours of related theoretical work aligned to nursing and healthcare demonstrated through an enhanced CV within the last 3 years.

English language requirements

For students, whose first language is not English, there is a requirement to achieve an IELTS tariff of 7 with no individual component below 6.5.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Sponsorship information

You may be eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund. If you're eligible, you could get a training grant of £5,000 per academic year plus other support. Visit for full details. Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information please visit

Mental Health Nursing at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS