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Nursing (Mental Health) BSc (subject to NMC approval)

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Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time



Entry requirements

TBC (A-level)



2020/21 changes

Click here to read about the changes we are making to our education delivery from September 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Are you looking for a rewarding career where you can improve the quality of people’s lives? From building therapeutic relationships through to advising patients about relevant therapies or social activities, as a mental health nurse, you’ll have a profound impact on the lives of the people you care for. Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country. As a qualified mental health nurse, you’ll be entering a highly respected profession with excellent employment prospects.

Brunel is a renowned research-intensive university with an established and excellent reputation in health sciences so you’ll be learning from the best in the field. On this programme, you’ll gain the clinical and communication skills required to support individuals and their families through their recovery process. You’ll learn about the new and emerging concept of trauma informed care and gain the knowledge and experience to work within community, primary and acute care settings. You’ll be given the skills to work with patients with psychosis, anxiety and conditions such as mood-related, organic and neurodevelopmental disorders. You’ll also learn to support individuals affected by the use of psychoactive substance use. 

At Brunel, you’ll learn through an equal balance of theory and practice. Your placement opportunities will develop your skills and understanding of caring in hospital and community settings. You’ll graduate ready to support patients in gaining the confidence to take the first steps in changing their lives.

Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

As a nursing student, you'll receive at least £5,000 a year which you don't need to pay back. See the UK government website for more information.

NHS values
Patients, public and staff have helped develop this expression of values that inspire passion in the NHS and that should underpin everything it does. Individual organisations will develop and build upon these values, tailoring them to their local needs. The NHS values provide common ground for co-operation to achieve shared aspirations, at all levels of the NHS. 

This programme will commence in September 2021, subject to approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. For more information, please click the 'Enquire now' button. We will then keep you up to date and let you know when you can apply. The programme will be open to Home and EU applicants only for 2021 entry. 

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

Through a blended learning approach, your programme combines face-to-face learning with online learning. The programme integrates theory with practice, and your time will be split evenly between periods of campus-based learning and your practice placements.

All modules are compulsory and cover the broad spectrum of mental health nursing.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

Upon graduating, your employment prospects will be excellent. Mental health nursing involves working with children, young people, adults and older adults who may be affected by a range of mental health conditions. Caring for people with mental health problems is rapidly shifting from hospital to the community, with integrated care being the preferred model. Employment opportunities range from acute inpatient wards, community mental health teams, primary care mental health teams, forensic settings to child and adolescent settings. Supporting people back from the point of mental illness to good mental health is a valuable, satisfying and deeply fulfilling area of nursing practice.

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Entry requirements


This programme will be open to Home and eligible EU applicants only for 2021 entry.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 entry


Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You’ll be taught by highly qualified and research-engaged nurse academics who will ensure that everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to the NHS care setting. You’ll benefit from an innovative teaching approach that incorporates digital technology, team-based learning, face-to-face teaching and online learning.

Your seminars will often include polling apps so you’ll enhance your learning by taking part in quizzes and competitions in a fun, interactive way. Simulation is used to teach concepts relating to the care of patients. You’ll practise your nursing skills through the mock-up of real-world nursing scenarios through simulation learning and working on manikins, so you’ll be confident and skilled when you go on your practice placements to deliver person-centred holistic care.

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Assessment and feedback

Throughout your course you’ll receive feedback in the form of professional conversations arising from simulated practice, written feedback and automated immediate feedback (instant feedback given through digital technology). This will be timed in order to guide you through your studies and help you with your ongoing development. Assessments will include written assignments, examinations OSCE’s and presentations. You’ll receive assessments to resemble nursing activities in professional practice as well as testing graduate and transferable skills.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.