Taught course

Nursing (Mental Health) with NMC Registration

University of Derby · College of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You will need:5 GCSEs Grade C or above including Maths, English and Science or equivalent; honours degree 2:2 or above; relevant professional work experience in a service user context equivalent to 450hrs (12 full-time (37.5hrs) weeks); experience of education or study within the last five years is preferred. In addition: You will be expected to complete a portfolio to evidence how your past experiences are relevant to a career in nursing; admission is subject to occupational health screening and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks; if English is not your first language you must have achieved at least level 7 in all four components of IELTS (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

Months of entry


Course content

This course is underpinned by the desire to deliver kind, compassionate nursing care. It is a two year, full-time degree and supports those with a prior degree (2:2 or above) to become a registered mental health nurse at an accelerated pace.

You will also need prior work experience in a service user context, allowing you to demonstrate the skills that underpin professional nursing registration. Your prior experiences will contribute to the learning opportunities within the course and together these will provide eligibility to register as a mental health nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

We are proud to support the workforce needs of the local region - our course is delivered in the context of the local health care environment and we aim to support our students to practice as qualified nurses locally. By studying this course you can be confident that you will meet the standards and competences contained within the NMC Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (NMC 2010).

The Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Nursing is an intensive course and you will need commitment, motivation and a desire to succeed.

A significant amount of time in practice will be spent working alongside qualified mentors, applying theory to practice to develop key clinical skills and the ability to work as a professional in practice. Throughout the course you will experience a wide variety of practice learning environments across the Derbyshire region. These practice environments include hospitals; community settings; private, voluntary and independent sectors.

Whilst on placement you will be required to experience a full range of shift patterns relevant to the practice environment you are placed in.

Fees and funding

UK students
£10,500 per year

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

College of Health and Social Care
+44 (0)1332 591703