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Course summary

Thought of becoming a nurse and already hold a degree? This graduate entry accelerated course provides you with the skills and expertise to work as a partner in the care of people across the spectrum of society in the rewarding field of mental health nursing. The course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), with whom you will be eligible to register after successful completion. Our programme also enables applicants who are already graduate nurses to gain registration in a second field of practice in around 20 months through recognition of their prior learning. Our two year postgraduate Mental Health Nursing course has two routes these are the MSc and the PG Diploma each have differing entry requirements. After you've successfully completed the PG Diploma course you can also ‘top up’ to a full MSc by completing a dissertation module. You'll join a community with a consistent global ranking for nursing and midwifery: 5th in the world and 2nd among UK universities (QS World Rankings by Subject 2022).


Compulsory Modules Yr 1: Introduction to Professional Practice; Fundamental Aspects of Cafe for GEN; Global and Public Health; Practice plaments 1,2,; Person Centred Nursing Care; Compulsory Modules Yr2: Co-ordinating Long Term Care in Partnership (MH FIeld GEN); Practice Placements Part 2 & 3; Managing Acute Changes in Health Status (Mental Health) ; Co-ordinating Long Term Care in Partnership (Mental Health).

Assessment method

Assessments take the form of essays, exams, projects and professional conversations. Practical skills will be assessed whist you are on placement and recorded by your practice mentor.

Professional bodies

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

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

Entry requirements

UK 2.2 Hons degree or above or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University as well as GCSE English language, mathematics and science, grades 4 to 9 or A* to C. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). To make sure we meet the requirements of the NMC, we must assess your previous learning and healthcare experience. This happens as part of our Recognition of Prior Learning scheme which recognises elements of your previous academic and practice learning. To be considered for the postgraduate diploma you must submit evidence of: 990 hours of relevant theoretical learning from your first degree or employment 110 hours of practice worked in a healthcare environment under the supervision of a registered healthcare professional.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Sponsorship information

Additionally, to support living costs, eligible (UK) students may be eligible for a Student Finance maintenance loan; also a £5,000 NHS Training Grant of £5,000 per academic year.

Mental Health Nursing (pre-registration) at University of Southampton - UCAS