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Empathy, compassion, commitment – become a Mental Health Nurse with our BN (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health) degree and make a positive difference to people’s lives every day.On this course developed and delivered with local NHS partners, you’ll benefit from extensive time spent working with patients in real healthcare settings, building key skills in mental health assessment and care.

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What you’ll experience

  • Explore mental health nursing scenarios and work on communication with simulated patients in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, one of the country’s leading teaching healthcare environments
  • Observe, assess and engage with patients in professional and local community environments
  • Study at the first institution in the country to be accredited by the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare, and on a nursing course approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Be eligible to register with the NMC as a mental health nurse on graduation

Work experience and career planning

Mental health nurses provide essential support to people with mental health conditions. They care for and form positive relationships with patients, their families and carers, aiding recovery and enabling patients to live fuller and more independent lives.

The need for mental health services is growing too. The NHS is seeking 27,000 people to join the mental health sector by 2023/24, and the coronavirus pandemic is likely to mean even more people need mental health support moving forward.

Providing care that changes lives

On this Mental Health Nursing degree, you'll develop the skills, confidence and understanding to support people in need, learning how to make difficult decisions based on evidence and building the fundamental skills needed for personal nursing care.

You'll be ready to start a challenging yet hugely rewarding career as a mental health nurse, and you can choose to work with people from certain age and vulnerability groups, such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), or Older People’s Mental Health (OPMH). With experience, you could work in GP liaison, nurse education, or leadership and management.

NMC registration

When you graduate, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which allows you to work as a Registered Nurse in the UK. 

Potential salary

As an NHS nurse in 2021, you could expect a starting salary of £25,655 moving up to £31,534 (Band 5).

With more experience as a senior mental health nurse, you could earn from £32,306 to £39,027 (Band 6) and with a role in management or consultancy, you could make up to £90,387 (Band 8d).

What jobs can you do with a Nursing (Mental Health) degree?

Once you graduate, you'll be ready to take on a mental health nurse role within a variety of settings, including:

  • Adult Mental Health (AMH)
  • Older People's Mental Health (OPMH)
  • Community Mental Health
  • Crisis Mental Health
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Assessment and Recovery

With more experience, you could then develop further into roles such as:

  • Practice educator
  • Specialist practitioner
  • Advanced clinical practitioner
  • Crisis team leader
  • Clinical researcher
  • Leadership and management
  • Nurse education
  • Nurse prescriber
  • GP liaison

Ongoing careers support

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability Service as you advance in your career. Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • independent study
  • workplace simulation

How you're assessed

  • academic work including essays, reports, case studies and reflective accounts
  • performance-based clinical practice assessments including objective structured clinical examinations and activity in simulation
  • in-class tests and examinations
  • presentations and scientific posters
  • work-based projects
  • online learning activities

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you're assessed may depend on the modules you select. 


Nursing and Midwifery Council

Programme Structure


Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Core Skills Training Framework – 0 credits
  • Foundation of Evidence Based Practice – 20 credits
  • Foundations of Nursing Professional Practice – 40 credits
  • Nursing Tutorials Level 4 – 0 credits
  • Personalising Nursing Care – 20 credits
  • Science Informing Practice – 40 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

120 points to include 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from a Science or Social Science subject. All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 7.0.

Tuition Fee


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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Nursing (Mental Health) (Hons)
University of Portsmouth


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