A health or science-related degree at 2.2 or above. Health and science-related degrees could include health studies, psychology, physiology, biology, social sciences, or related studies to the above. Normally a minimum of 500 hours health or social care related experience. You must have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language, maths and a science subject, or equivalent qualifications, together with evidence of academic study, ideally within the last five years. Non-native speakers who do not have the equivalent of GCSE English at grade C (eg key skills level 2 literacy) require an IELTS score of 7.0, or equivalent. Experience of education or study within the last five years is preferred. Admission is subject to occupational health screening and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. All suitable applicants are required to attend an interview and selection day.
Months of entry
Choose Kingston's Mental Health Nursing PgDip.
- This course provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to register as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
- Our partnership with the South West London Recovery College offers you the opportunity to learn from and with mental health service users.
- Our mental health ward simulations received the Nursing Times Award in 2012 for 'Innovation in mental health teaching'.
- An adult insight placement will help you develop the physical health skills needed in mental health nursing.
- You will have the opportunity to take a national or international elective module at the end of your first year. In the UK, students have worked at a wide range of settings including Broadmoor Hospital.
About mental health nursing
The focus of mental health nursing is on the person, who is placed at the centre of care. Mental health nurses work in partnership with people to enable them to identify strategies for coping and overcoming their illness. The focus of mental health nursing is on recovery enabling the person to attain a desired quality of life. Mental health nurses work to challenge out of date views regarding mental illness and help service users cope with the stigma that is still present in today's society.
What will you study?
Mental health nursing is underpinned by the notion of 'recovery', and you work collaboratively with service users to build on their strengths and manage their problems to encourage the best quality of life.
The first year is divided into two parts. In part one you will undertake a bridging module introducing you to the foundations of nursing and healthcare for a graduate nurse. In part two you will look at the context of nursing within a variety of client groups within your specific field of nursing. General nursing topics are studied alongside subjects tailored to mental health nursing.
In your second year (part three) you will learn about the complexities of nursing at an individual and organisational level as well as preparing for your transition to registered nurse.
Please note: We are unable to consider students for 2016 entry who are not eligible for a Department of Health bursary for this programme. Read more about how the funding will be changing in 2017.
Information for international students
Non-native speakers who do not have the equivalent of GCSE English at grade C (eg key skills level 2 literacy) require an IELTS score of 7.0, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
For more information please see: Fees and bursaries.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Admissions team, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences
- +44 (0)20 8417 5735