Mental Health Nursing

UCAS codes

  • B760  -

Course contact

Course Enquiries Team
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 years

Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

The BSc Mental Health Nursing focuses on the importance of relationships between nurses, service users, families and others in the field on mental health. 

Mental Health Nursing - 87 percent for overall student satisfaction

SQA Highers: BBC plus SG / Int2 / Nat5 English and Maths. Entry is also possible with
BC plus UWS ‘First Steps to Nursing’ module, plus SG / Int2 / Nat5 English and Maths
GCE A-Levels: BC, plus GCSEs English Language,English Literature and Maths
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: BBC2, plus OL English and Maths
Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Nursing: BBB
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Healthcare or Social Care preferred although any HNC will be considered
FETAC: Complete and pass Level 5


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. 50% of your programme is theory based and 50% practice based.

Our Annual Mental Health Student Conference will provide you with a chance to showcase your work to fellow students and invited guests. Keynote presentations are also part of this conference and recent conferences have seen Hugh Masters, Associate Chief Nursing Officer from the Scottish Government and Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health address students.


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.


Please note: professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council will be linked to an exit award of BSc Mental Health Nursing only.
"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

Useful Information

  • 89% student satisfaction (NSS 2015)

    97% of students in work/further study six months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)

    For course availability, check UCAS

Elsewhere on