Undergraduate

Mental Health Nursing

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Learn the theory and put it into practise with this hands-on degree, with your time split 50/50 between learning in our award-winning facilities and developing your skills on placement.
By the time you graduate, you'll be a confident specialist mental health nurse eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
You'll work with real patients from your first year thanks to our extensive partnerships with NHS trusts in Hull and East Yorkshire, and beyond.
Our Allam Medical Building offers state-of-the-art facilities including simulated hospital wards, operating theatres, critical care units and more.
Our degrees offer a blend of theory and practice to give you the tools for a rewarding career as a well-rounded healthcare professional.
Health, Nursing and Midwifery students outside the Allam Medical Building
Mental Health Nursing student Shepherd Mathuthu talks to a patient in a clinical room
nurse with elderly patient
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Take the first steps in your career at the University of Hull – one of the top universities in the world to study nursing according to the latest QS World University Rankings.

This degree will give you the skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality mental health care and graduate as a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Plus, you’ll also receive a payment of at least £6,000 a year during your degree. This doesn't need to be paid back and is in addition to any financial support received through your student loan.

  • 100%

    of students in work or further study 15 months after graduating 1

  • 1st in the UK

    for Graduate Prospects 2

  • Get paid £6k a year

    through the NHS Learning Support Fund 3

  • Award-winning

    facilities on campus

  • Course approved

    by the Nursing and Midwifery Council

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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.

With this hands-on degree, you'll learn to work and communicate with patients, families and carers – often in challenging situations – and you’ll develop the skills and experience needed to take your next steps as a healthcare professional.

The course is divided equally between classroom-based learning in our £28 million Health Campus and spending time on mentored clinical placements.

This blended approach gives you the best opportunity to develop your skills, professional insight and experience, with a focus on service user, carer and practitioner involvement.

On graduation, you'll be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified registered nurse.

Scheduled study hours and how you’re assessed

To meet NMC requirements, you’re expected to study for 4600 hours over 3 years. This is organised over 45 scheduled weeks of study and three trimesters per year, with additional time scheduled for assessment and holidays.

Choose your modules

Each year, you’ll study modules worth a certain number of credits, and you need 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits – so you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more. In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120. Some modules are compulsory, some are optional, so you can build a course that’s right for you.

Fundamental Nursing Skills

Link theoretical knowledge with fundamental nursing skills in a safe clinical simulation environment giving you a firm grounding in preparation for clinical practice.

Core20 credits

Fundamentals of Professional Practice

Explore ethical, legal, and professional dimensions of nursing practice and use research skills as part of academic writing.

Core20 credits

Practice 1

Get your first taste of working in a healthcare environment with the support of a practice supervisor and practice assessor.  Participate in people’s care with support and guidance from others.

Core30 credits

Promoting Health and Preventing Ill Health

Explore how the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age impact on their health and life experiences.

Core20 credits

Practice 2

Build on Practice 1 to become more confident and competent in participation in care with guidance and support from others.

Core30 credits
5 Modules

Developing Nursing Skills

Consolidate your clinical skills in a clinical simulation environment and extend and apply your knowledge of life and social sciences to nursing practice.

Core20 credits

Developing Professional Practice

Explore how nurses work within multidisciplinary teams, with patients and service users and their supporters to deliver safe, effective, meaningful care.

Core20 credits

Practice 3

Be an active participant in care under the guidance and supervision of practice supervisors and assessors.

Core30 credits

Critical Perspectives on Assessment and Formulation within Mental Health Nursing

Question and explore your own and alternative perspectives on mental health and develop skills to promote meaningful individual recovery.

Core20 credits

Practice 4

Build on Practice 3 to become more confident and competent in participating in care with minimal guidance and supervision from others.

Core30 credits
5 Modules

Leading and Managing Care

Explore the leadership role of the registered nurse as facilitator of change who drives forward the quality of care and mitigates risk.

Core20 credits

Practice 5

Work towards practicing independently with minimal supervision as well as lead and coordinate care.

Core30 credits

Underpinnings of Contemporary Mental Health

Consolidate knowledge and skills from the programme in preparation for practice as an accountable practitioner who can think critically within the milieu of contemporary mental health care and service provision.

Core20 credits

Practice 6

Build on Practice 5 and continue to lead and co-ordinate care with increasing confidence and confidence whilst practicing independently with minimal supervision.

Core30 credits
4 Modules

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Entry requirements

What do I need?

When it comes to applying to university, you'll need a certain number of UCAS points. Different qualifications and grades are worth a different amount of points. For this course, you'll need…

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it's not just about the grades - we'll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

Have questions? Our admissions team will be happy to help.

What do I need?

If you require a 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.

See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University of Hull.

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 & funding

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. 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:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want 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, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. 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:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want 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, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

Take a look at our facilities

Hospital Ward

Get hands-on in our mock hospital ward and practise a range of scenarios in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Operating Theatre

Develop the skills and confidence to work in a surgical setting with our mock operating theatre on campus.

Critical Care Room

Develop the skills needed to work with very ill patients in an intensive care setting with this specialist training area.

Lecture Theatre

Benefit from the facilities of our award-winning Allam Medical Building with its dedicated lecture theatres, simulated hospital ward, intensive care unit, resuscitation unit, and more.

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Future prospects

By the end of your course, you’ll be ready to undertake the responsibilities of a health practitioner and eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Most of our graduates go on to work in the NHS – but others find positions overseas, in private practice, in the social services, the pharmaceutical industry, the Armed Forces, the prison service or in specialist areas such as drug rehabilitation.

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Your next steps

Like what you’ve seen? Then it’s time to apply.

The standard way to apply for this course is through UCAS. This will give you the chance to showcase your skill, qualities and passion for the subject, as well as providing your academic qualifications.

Not ready to apply?

Visit our next Open Day, and see all that Hull has to offer for yourself. Talk to our lecturers about your subject, find out what university is really like from our current students, and take a tour of our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.

  1. (Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Nursing) UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Higher Education Graduate Outcomes statistics, for the academic year 2020/21, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency June 2023.
  2. (Joint 1st) The Guardian University Rankings 2024.
  3. Available to all undergraduate students studying Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science or Physiotherapy. You don't need to pay this back, and you'll get it as well as your student loan.

 

All modules presented on this course page are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

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