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Nursing (Mental Health) BSc (Hons)


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University of Derby Kedleston Road Derby DE22 1GB

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Duration and mode of study: You can study this course full time for three years. Fees: The fees for this course will be paid by the NHS. In addition you may be entitled to a means tested NHS bursary. Start date: You can start this course in September.

About the course Mental health nursing is for you if you have got exceptional communication skills, are caring and compassionate and have a real passion for seeing the best in people. Mental Health problems will affect one in four of the UK population and upon qualifying as a Mental Health Nurse, you will go on to provide support for people, ensuring that everyone has a right to high quality evidence based care, whatever their age, background or gender. Teaching and learning This course will give you the theoretical and practical experience to prepare you for registration as an mental health nurse. You’ll spend half of your time on practice placements in the community, in hospitals and in the private, voluntary and independent sectors. The rest of your time will be spent in university, benefiting from lectures, workshops and seminars from our experienced team of tutors. You will be assessed through a variety of approaches, including assignments, poster presentations and practice based practical assessments.


Stage one

Spring Autumn

Stage TWO


Entry requirements: You will usually need 240 UCAS points from accepted qualifications (see for a full list).


UCAS code: B780

This course is accredited by The Nursing and Midwifery Council, so you’ll be eligible to register and practice as a nurse in the UK. In the 2013 National Student Survey, 91% of our students were satisfied with the teaching on this course. We also have strong established links with local practice colleagues.

Study modules


Where you will study: Derby Campus, Kedleston Road

Why choose this course?



Foundations for Nursing

Applied Health Sciences 1

Evidence Base for Practice


Public Health

Applied Health Sciences 2

Research Methods for Practice


Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Teamworking, Leadership and Management

Psychosocial Interventions to Meet Complex Mental Health Needs


Integrated Mental Health Nursing Practice 1

Integrated Mental Health Nursing Practice 2

Integrated Mental Health Nursing Practice 3

What you will cover You’ll experience various clinical learning environments on your practice placements including hospitals, community settings and voluntary organisations, and you’ll also experience 24 hour nursing. We’ll help you to reach your full potential and you’ll not only be supported in practice by our dedicated team of professionals, but also by practice mentors who work closely with us to ensure you get the most out of your clinical experience. Additional information As a healthcare professional, you’ll work alongside practitioners from other disciplines. So to prepare you for your career, you’ll study alongside a range of health and social care practitioners and students, including occupational therapists and counsellors. In practice you will work with the wider multidisciplinary team. Our courses are mapped against sector standards to ensure you receive training that is up to date and relevant.

Your career When you complete this course, you can gain employment as a qualified mental health nurse. We’ll prepare you for employment and maximise your opportunity of gaining a post. Our students have a good record of employability locally, nationally and internationally, and in 2012 100% of our students were working within six months of graduating. Some also had opportunities to continue studying at postgraduate level in a range of health and social care courses.

I am proud to call myself a University of Derby mental health nursing student. I feel competent and confident to begin my qualified nursing career, and I thank you for helping me to build these skills. Lizzie Luzny Current student

Nursing (mental health) bsc (hons)