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Faculty of Health Sciences

Nursing (Mental Health)

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: B760

What you'll study

Studying on our award-winning Health Campus and on mentored clinical placements, you'll gain an insight into caring for people with mental health issues.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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 on 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 as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team in an organised and systematic way. You will apply and adapt knowledge and skills to new situations in a range of care environments.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Individual Approaches to Health and Wellbeing

    This module considers the health behaviours of individuals, as well as individualised approaches to health and wellbeing and obstacles to achieving it. 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 on assessment skills and the concept of promoting health with patients and service users.

  • 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 centred 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

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Safe and Competent Mental Health Nursing

    Learn about research, management, leadership, teaching and learning. You'll complete a literature review and develop recommendations for practice in an area 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. You'll also experience 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 demonstrate your integrated mental health nursing skills as 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 to helping them overcome challenges. Half study, half mentored practice, this degree develops your professional insight and empathy through diverse work experience.

  • Learn in the superb facilities of our new £28-million Health Campus with its simulated hospital wards and operating theatres.
  • 100% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, for the academic year 2016/17 published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018).
  • Our courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the College of Operating Department Practitioners and the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • A 50/50 split between time spent in classes and on full-time mentored clinical placements.
  • Career opportunities across the UK’s NHS trusts – and internationally, including places like New Zealand.

This programme has a strong experiential element to it – and a focus on service user, carer and practitioner involvement. On graduation, you'll be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a qualified nurse.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

37%

43%

20%

Second year

55%

45%

Final year

11%

5%

84%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Allam Medical Building Hull Campus

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

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100% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

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

Our one-year, part-time programme, the University Certificate in Health Social Care Practice can be taken prior to the BSc if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements.

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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.

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 - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

Our employability numbers are impressive: 100% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of completing their course*.

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

Many graduates stay in the area. But some have pursued 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, you can expect to maintain your relationship with the University even after graduation. 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 a qualified mental health nurse, you can study at Masters level using our flexible framework to train in key areas of practice, including leadership and advanced practice.

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

*UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, for the academic year 2016/17 published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018