Mental Health Nursing

UCAS codes

  • B760  -

Course contact

University Direct
+44 (0)141 849 4101

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 years

Start date(s)

  • September

Mental Health Nursing - 87 percent for overall student satisfaction

Mental health nursing is one of the most demanding yet most rewarding areas of nursing. This degree prepares graduates for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

  • SQA Highers: BCC Biology, Human Biology, Maths, Psychology, Sociology, Chemistry and English preferred, + SG / Int2 / Nat5 English & Maths
  • GCE A-Levels: CC + GCSE English Literature, English Language &, normally, Maths
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: BC2C2 + OL English & normally Maths
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points
  • SQA HNC, BTEC Level 4 HNC: Healthcare; Social Care; Care & Administrative Practice
  • FETAC: complete & pass Level 5
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: BBB 

Additional Information

All applicants to Nursing must have English at SQA Standard Grade Credit, Intermediate 2 or National 5, or equivalent. In addition applicants should normally have Mathematics at SQA Standard Grade 3 or above, Intermediate 2 or National 4 or 5. Other educational qualifications may be considered if they are deemed to be of equal standing to the above. 

Offer of a place is conditional on a successful interview and selection screening process, including onsite tests for literacy and numeracy and personal interviews. All offers are then subject to health screening and criminal record checks.


This degree focuses on the importance of relationships between nurses, service users, families and carers and others working in the field of mental health. It reflects the realities of 21st century mental health recovery-focused nursing.

Your Learning

The programme promotes values, rights and principles-based practice and is designed to prepare nurses who will be competent to work independently, collaboratively and optimistically in promoting recovery and assisting during crises.

You will demonstrate learning and competence with individuals and groups across health and social care delivery, working in partnership with others involved in people’s mental healthcare. The ability to see beyond the diagnosis is pivotal alongside the talent to enhance connectedness, hope, identity, meaning and empowerment.

Elements of the programme are shared with pre-registration adult nursing students and other healthcare professionals, which encourages greater understanding of the complex relationships between physical and mental health.

In Year 3 you can specialise in an area of interest, such as dementia, forensic services, or child and adolescent mental health.


Graduates are eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Registered Nurse in mental health. Depending on your chosen specialism you can work as a Registered Nurse within a hospital or community setting in the UK or EU countries and certain states in the USA or Australia. Job opportunities are excellent with attractive starting salaries.

Practice experience is available throughout NHS Ayrshire and Arran; Greater Glasgow and Clyde; Lanarkshire; Dumfries and Galloway; and Highland (Argyll). Placement experience is usually gained relatively close to the teaching base although there will be a requirement to travel within a wider geographical area. 

Study abroad 

You may study abroad while gaining credit towards your degree at one of our 80 educational partner organisations.

"My training has given me the opportunity to understand the true essence of nursing care; I have especially enjoyed the recovery and values based practice modules as they have increased my skills and knowledge surrounding holistic and person-centred care delivery. The encouragement, support and guidance from the teaching staff has been second to none and their belief in my ability has always kept me focused."
Marion Beckett, BSc Mental Health Nursing Alumnus
"I’m about halfway through my studies and I’m amazed at how far I’ve come in such a short time. Joining the course is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made."
Dougie Crawford, BSc Mental Health Nursing student

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