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Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse - Mental Health)

University of Surrey · Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. GSCE English, Science and Maths at grade C or above.

Applicants are also required to have at least 16 weeks of paid work experience in a healthcare role. This must have been obtained within 1 year of starting the course.

All of our offers will be made subject to a health screening and DBS checks. Occupational health services are provided by The Robens Centre on behalf of the University of Surrey.

Months of entry


Course content

Mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of age, background or other factors. On our PGDip Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse - Mental Health) course, we’ll teach you the skills you need to meet this challenge and help patients improve their health and the quality of their lives. Through our hands-on clinical approach to teaching, we’ll shape you into a modern nurse that can deal with a complex range of needs, while upholding the highest standard of provision for your patients.

By choosing to study with us, you’ll become part of a multidisciplinary team, get access to simulation suites to practise real scenarios, learn directly from healthcare professionals and service users, be supported by clinicians while on placements, and begin your journey towards an enriching career as a Mental Health Nurse. This course is ideal if you're looking to retrain and already have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject with experience working in a healthcare environment.

Our nursing courses are ranked top 5 in the UK by both the Complete University Guide 2021 and The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. On successful completion of this course, you’ll have the academic requirements needed to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), to work as a Mental Health Nurse.

What you will study

You’ll develop your decision-making and leadership skills, and will gain an interesting perspective into how psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal influences have an impact on the way patient care is provided. You’ll be exposed to a variety of mental health clinical practice experiences where you’ll learn interpersonal engagement and assessment strategies to use with service users, and how to effectively provide care when patients are in crisis.

You’ll study topics, including clinical leadership, cognitive therapies, management of physical and mental health challenges, post-traumatic responses, and psychosocial interventions.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be an efficient mental health practitioner, equipped to advocate and meet the needs of patients and their families impacted by mental health difficulties.

Information for international students

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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