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Course summary

This course scored an impressive 90% for Overall Student Satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey. 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.


Year 1 core modules (subject to change over time) - MHN101 Interpersonal Skills for Mental Health Nurses; MHN104 Physical Health and Well-Being; MHN103 Introduction to Mental Health Nursing; MHN106 Mental Health Nursing Practice 1; MHN102 Mental Health Nursing; MHN105 Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology. For detailed module information please check our website.

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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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants should have National 4 Maths or National 5/GCSE English and Maths/Lifeskill Maths/Applications of Maths at grade C/4 or equivalent. Higher Applications of Maths at grade C is accepted.

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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.

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Unistats information

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The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Additional fee information

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Mental Health Nursing at Abertay University - UCAS