Faculty of Health Sciences

Nursing (Mental Health)

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: B760

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Skills for Practice (Practice 1)

    This module provides you with the opportunity to link theoretical knowledge and current evidence with fundamental nursing skills in a safe clinical simulation environment giving you a firm grounding in preparation for clinical practice.

  • Essence of Professional Practice

    This module helps you become academically and emotionally prepared to embark upon your journey to registered nurse status. You’ll explore the importance of effective communication, including practical, professional, ethical and legal responsibilities of nursing by utilising emerging problem-solving skills.

  • Life and Social Sciences

  • Mental Health Nursing Practice 2

    In this first placement, you will have the opportunity to experience mental health nursing practice in a real-world setting as an observer and gain an understanding of some of the skills, processes and issues involved.

  • Value Based Mental Health Nursing

    This module will encourage you to begin exploring your own values, perceptions and attitudes in relation to mental health practice.

  • Mental Health Nursing Practice 3

    You will function autonomously in the clinical setting, to work as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team in an organised and systematic way, applying and adapting knowledge and skills to new situations, in a range of care environments.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Individual Approaches to Health and Wellbeing

    This module considers the health behaviours of individuals, individualised approaches to health and wellbeing and obstacles to achieving health and wellbeing. You will consider primary, secondary and tertiary interventions in relation to a selection of health concerns taking a biopsychosocial approach.

  • Mental Health Nursing Practice 4

    Develop your knowledge, skills and competence in the practice setting. You will focus more upon assessment skills and the concept of promoting health with patients and service users upon clinical placement.

  • The Craft of Mental Health Care over the Lifespan (1)

    Develop your knowledge and understanding of assessments used in mental health nursing right across the lifespan. A critical overview of some of the clinical and therapeutic interventions used within mental health care will be explored.

  • Mental Health Nursing Practice 5

    In this placement, you will begin to focus on assessment skills and the concept of promoting health with patients and service users. 

  • The Craft of Mental Health Care over the Lifespan (2)

    In this module, you will learn about formulation in mental health and how appropriate client centered interventions can be identified and offered based on this.

  • Mental Health Nursing Practice 6

    In this module, you will be allocated an appropriate clinical placement where you can strengthen your knowledge and skills, and use opportunities to apply and adapt these to the clinical setting. You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, while also being supported to develop the confidence to work more autonomously.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Safe and Competent Mental Health Nursing

    Learn about research, management and leadership and teaching and learning. You'll complete a literature review and develop recommendations for practice in an area which you are passionate about. This work is based on your real-world experience and the findings of your review.

  • The Professional Role of the Mental Health Nurse

    Combine theory with practice in working with the complex presentation of mental health service users. You will be challenged to examine the research evidence underpinning current policy recommendations for clinical interventions and to explore the drivers and barriers to their implementation in practice.

  • Mental Health Nursing Practice 7

    You'll focus on evidence-based practice and the relevance of research to developing nursing practice. This includes the autonomous decision-making nature of the nurses’ role, along with the nurse’s role in management and leadership, and collaborative working across agency boundaries to achieve safe practice. 

  • Mental Health Nursing Practice 9

    As an autonomous practitioner, you will be expected to explore evidence based practice, leadership and management roles to demonstate your integrated mental health nursing skills suitable for entry into the professional register. This will be assessed by a sign-off mentor.

"Ive always been interested in the matters of the mind. Here you get to talk to people and build that relationship, it's very enjoyable".

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More about this course

As a specialist mental health nurse, the one-to-one relationships you build with those in need are vital to their care and in helping to overcome stigma. Half study, half mentored practice, this degree develops your professional insight and empathy through diverse work experience. This mental health nursing programme has a strong experiential element to it, and also a clear focus on service user, carer and practitioner involvement. It will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality, evidence-based health care.

Through the academic dimension of the course, you will gain key, valuable theoretical skills which you will apply in a working environment. The placements you undertake on this course will teach you clinical practice skills which are supported by timetabled activities in a simulated environment. You will learn to use specialist skills, together with your own personal strengths to help people come to terms with their own problems. Upon graduation, you will be awarded an academic and professional award enabling you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified registered nurse.


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Our teaching staff

Benefit from the amazing facilities of our new £28-million Health Campus with its mock operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit.

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Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Clinical placements give our students the skills, experience and support to become confident and compassionate health practitioners.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from 'bite-size' taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

Entry requirements

  • 112 Tariff Points from three A Levels (or appropriate Level 3 qualifications e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma)

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • GCSE: English, Maths, and Science at Grade 4 or C or above

Alternative qualifications 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview. An annual Good Health and Good Character declaration must be completed and a Disclosure and Barring Service check is also required.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each skill (EU nationals 6.0 overall with 6.0 in each skill). For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

Upon qualifying, our students leave the Faculty and go on to pursue a wide range of career opportunities available for them. 100% of full-time students on this programme find employment or progress to further study within six months of finishing their course (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2017).

Some choose to specialise and many go onto community posts, management and leadership roles, practice education and even research.

Most of our students have been successful in finding employment either before graduation or within a short time after this. Many stay in the area but some have moved away to pursue successful mental health nursing careers in other parts of the UK, and in other countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

With an extensive portfolio of NHS-funded continuing professional development opportunities, students can expect to maintain their relationship with their ‘alma mater’- all nurses need to be able to mentor the next generation of nurses so the mentorship in practice module is usually the first port of call. From there as qualified mental health nurses, they can study at Masters level using our flexible framework to undertake education in key areas of practice including leadership and advanced practice.

We also work with our NHS partners on more bespoke and specific development for staff and teams.