Taught course

Graduate Entry Nursing - Mental Health

University of Nottingham · School of Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) (2:1 preferred), and GCSE English, maths and a science subject at grade C or above.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is aimed at those who already have a degree and some prior healthcare experience, and are committed to providing excellence in care to people who experience mental health problems. Students are expected to demonstrate the Chief Nursing Officer’s six Cs of nursing – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment – as they learn how to deliver outstanding healthcare in a supportive environment.

Mental health nurses make a vital contribution to supporting service users' recovery, working alongside people to help them manage their distress and work towards individualised goals. On this course students will have the opportunity to learn a range of mental health nursing skills including communication skills, building rapport, and developing a therapeutic relationship. Students will also learn about different psychological approaches and techniques that can help people learn how to manage their mental distress. These skills will be developed through role play, working in groups, understanding the underpinning theories, and on practice placements.

Alongside the huge range of University support services, care has been taken to develop a course that supports you to become a confident and independent learner. We welcome students who have recently completed an undergraduate degree, or simply want a change of career, and academic support from personal tutors and peers can help students back into education.

The Division of Nursing sits within the School of Health Sciences, which is a research active school and has its own dedicated Mental Health Research Group. All our teaching staff are experts in the field, having published key nursing textbooks, while many are also qualified nurses.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, and you have not attained GCSE English at grade 4 or above, you must pass an approved test before you apply.

For nursing the test currently recognised is the IELTS with the following scores:

  • At least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
  • At least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections
  • An overall score of 7 (out of a possible 9)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559