Nursing (Mental Health Nursing)

Abertay University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Abertay runs the only undergraduate honours-level nursing programme in Scotland with a sole focus on mental health. Public concern about mental health is growing and one in four people in the UK will reportedly experience a common mental health problem each year. We bring person-centred values to teaching and learning, with an emphasis on critical thinking and research. The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, with successful completion leading to professional registration in the United Kingdom. We support you to develop you strengths. You will learn and practise a range of useful and relevant interpersonal, clinical, teamwork and leadership skills. The academic team provides the best teaching and learning experiences based on clinical experience and relevant research and knowledge. Mental Health Nursing is a route into working in a diverse range of general and specialist settings within Scotland and beyond.

Course details


Core modules (subject to change over time) - Interpersonal Skills for Nurses; Introduction to Mental Health Nursing; Physical Health and Wellbeing; Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology; Mental Health Nursing Practice 1; Mental Health Nursing 2; Evidence-based Practice; Nursing Older People; Professional Issues; Mental Health Nursing Practice 2; Professional Issues 2; Pharmacology and Medicines Management; Evidence-based Practice 2; Mental Health & Older People; Mental Health Nursing Practice 3 and Dissertation. Other modules that may be offered (subject to change over time) - Critical Thinking in Mental Health; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; Leadership; Collaborative Working and Gender & Sexuality.

Assessment method

Teaching is delivered through a variety of lectures, practical classes, tutorials, independent study and online learning. This is combined with clinical practice placements which provide experience and the opportunity to put theory into practice through a process of mentoring, and the development of an ongoing achievement record. Mental health nursing skills are developed on an individual basis as well as through small group work, interactive, and reflective practice. Students benefit from the use of our interpersonal skills and clinical skills training suites. Assessment types are varied to test a breadth of skills. Assessments include reports, reflective portfolios, essays, presentations - both oral and posters - appraisal of research, exams, class tests and case studies. Performance on practice is assessed via placement reports.

How to apply

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Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeB760
Institution code A30
Campus nameAbertay Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Applied Science Health and Social Care
Scottish Higher ABBB
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H3, H3, H3 IO Maths at C or better
Scottish HNC Pass Entry into Year 1 with an HNC in one of the following:- Additional Support Needs - Graded Unit A Counselling - Graded Unit A Social Care - Graded Unit A Social Science - Graded Unit A Social Services - Graded Unit A Working with Communities - Graded Unit A
Scottish HND Pass Entry into Year 1 with an HND in one of the following:- Additional Support Needs - Graded Unit A Counselling - Graded Unit A Legal Services - Graded Units AA Social Science - Graded Units AA
HNC (BTEC) D Entry into Year 1 with HNC (BTEC) Health & Social Care
HND (BTEC) D Entry into Year 1 with HND (BTEC) Health & Social Care

Applicants should have National 5/GCSE English and Maths/Lifeskill Maths at grade C/4 or equivalent

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


English language requirements

For this course we look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with no individual test lower than 7.0.

List of English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1820 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

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