Taught course

Nursing (Pre-Registration) Mental Health

University of Huddersfield · Department of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

You must have the following:

  • An Honours degree (2:1) or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed. On occasions we may accept a Honours degree (2:2) with substantial relevant experience
  • Completed 12 years of general education
  • GCSE English Language or Literature and Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme or equivalent
  • Applicants are required to successfully demonstrate that they have completed 550 hours of theory through studying/reading and 325 hours of practice before they start the course using Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) (Nursing and Midwifery Council [NMC] requirement). A broad range of experience can be used for this including observations and reading. Your experience and learning may have occurred outside a typical ‘practice’ area but is still applicable, for example you may have cared for a family member or a friend and as a result observed different aspects of nursing/care on an informal basis. If you are successful at interview support will be provided on how to complete this document face-to-face, by phone or on-line

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from? information pages.

If you hold any other qualifications which are not listed, please contact us before applying for this course.

Offers will be subject to an interview, an Occupational Health assessment and references. Please note all the information provided in support of your application may be checked and must be verifiable as a true record.

You also need satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), occupational health clearances and APL (NMC) evidence prior to registration on the course. We arrange these as part of the application process. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year and at the end of the course. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination.

In addition to the accreditation of prior learning (APL) required for entry to the course, you may also be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards the academic credit on this course. Please note that the course you are applying for is regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) which allows a maximum of 50% of credits for the award to be conferred through accreditation of prior learning.

Please note: there are a limited number of places on the course and the demand is generally high, therefore we may not interview all applicants who meet the required entry criteria due to this competitive process.

Months of entry


Course content

This course currently offers:

• Graduate eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and work as a Registered Nurse for Mental Health.

• Teaching by committed and passionate lecturers and mentors, who are research active and have extensive and varied experience in mental health nursing.

• Innovative and contemporary teaching and learning environments, including a fully equipped simulated ward in which you will learn in a safe environment.

• Strong links with NHS Trusts within the West and South West Yorkshire region, as well as the private sector, which is a great way to build your own contact list for the future.

• Student support and services from personal tutors, year leaders, as well as academic learning support and experienced mentors in practice.

• The opportunity to network with professionals from different disciplines and share best practice.

• The opportunity to develop intellectual, personal and professional skills appropriate to professional practice.

• Practice learning opportunities that help to prepare you to work in a variety of inpatient and community settings including forensics, prisons and overseas.

The course provides the opportunity for those who have studied at undergraduate degree level in a health related subject, to undertake a two year full-time Master's course and upon successful completion receive eligibility for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse for mental health.

Being a mental health nurse requires patience and the ability to demonstrate empathy and listening skills, both on a one to one basis and within group settings. You will be provided with the opportunity to develop the intellectual, personal and professional skills required for practice in the mental health field and equips you to manage the very broad and complex range of problems the service users present with, including those with additional long-term physical health problems. This also helps you to provide holistic care to a broad range of service users, including children and young people within community and inpatient settings.

The course provides the opportunity for you to communicate effectively and develop your critical and analytical skills, preparing you to become a competent, caring, compassionate, courageous and committed registered nurse. As a student nurse you will utilise a person-centred approach to facilitate recovery of service users in a range of healthcare settings, including those who are acutely ill, those in rehabilitation services and those experiencing long-term conditions. Through the use of team and collaborative working practices you will also have the chance to learn how to utilise a partnership approach to your care of service users, their carers and family.

The intensive two year course comprises of 50% theory and 50% practice, where you will undertake placements in primary and secondary care settings. This consists of three stages, each comprising of two or three compulsory modules. Throughout the duration of the course you will undertake five theory modules and three theory/practice modules, most of which are shared with students from the other fields of nursing. Your practice will be field specific relating to mental health nursing predominantly and focus is on caring for individuals across the lifespan.

Fees and funding

UK students
NHS Bursary available for further information available on the NHS Business Services Authority website.
International students
Not available to international students outside the UK/EU.

Tuition fees for our health professional courses are currently paid for by the NHS, and in most cases a bursary will be available. To qualify for funding, you must be studying a course which leads to a professional registration, be that full-time or part-time. You must also meet the eligibility criteria and residency rules. Further information about bursaries is available on the NHS Business Services Authority website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Assistant (B7K4 and H581)
01484 472199