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Mental Health Nursing (pre-registration)

University of Southampton · Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

UK bachelors degree with lower second-class honours or higher, GCSE English language and maths 4-9 or A*-C. You will be required to successfully complete a Recognition of Prior Learning as a condition of entry to the programme. Applicants for the MSc option must include 675 hours prior clinical learning as part of this claim. Subject to satisfactory health and DBS checks.

English language: band 5D, IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other components .

Months of entry


Course content

Dreamt of becoming a nurse and already hold a degree? This graduate entry accelerated course provides you with the skills and expertise to work as a partner in the care of people across the spectrum of society in the rewarding field of mental health nursing. The course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), with whom you will be eligible to register after successful completion. Our programme also enables applicants who are already graduate nurses to gain registration in a second field of practice in around 20 months through recognition of their prior learning. Nursing at the University of Southampton ranks 5th in the world and second in the UK (QS World Rankings by Subject 2020/21).

Fundamental Aspects of Nursing Care; Global and Public Health; Person Centred Nursing Care; Managing Acute Changes in Health Status (Mental Health) ; Co-ordinating Long Term Care in Partnership (Mental Health); Influencing Innovation and change (taught jointly with MSc students on allied health profession programmes). Practice placements.

After you've successfully completed the PGDip course you'll be able to ‘top up’ to a full MSc later on by completing a dissertation module.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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