BSc Mental Health Nursing


The only place in Dundee to study mental health nursing alongside other nursing students.

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The mental health programme prepares nurses to meet the unique and individual needs of clients and carers from childhood to old age.

Students gain an understanding of the complex and fascinating field of mental health and the management of mental health loss. The programme provides students with the ability to assess, manage and treat clients with mental health issues and their carer as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

The practice placements reflect the nature and variety of hospital and community settings for people with a mental health condition.

The undergraduate degree programme is three years long and modular in structure. Each year consists of 45 weeks, divided equally between University study and clinical practice.

About Mental Health

Mental health nurses work with individuals and their families across a wide range of settings in both community and in-patient services. They also work as part of a multi-professional team and in partnership with diverse client groups and their carers.

Students will learn about a variety of mental health conditions, including: drug and alcohol abuse, schizophrenia, the dementias, depression, eating disorders, personality disorders, and child and adolescent mental health problems. Practice placements reflect the diversity of taught subjects, and students will spend half of their time practising in community settings, day units, in-patient services, and specialist settings such as forensic and child and family services.

At the centre of the mental health nursing programme is the promotion of compassionate and person-centred nursing care. We offer a curriculum which recognises that mental health nursing is neither solely a science nor an art, but a creative combination of both. The programme focuses on the therapeutic relationship between the nurse and the client and the skills required for evidence-based practice.

The curriculum also promotes lifelong and independent learning, and aims to give students the skills to continue to examine and improve practice throughout their career. The virtual learning environment features strongly in the curriculum, along with guided and self-directed study, seminars, experiential learning activities and work-based learning, as well as the more traditional classroom teaching. Assessments will promote reflection on experience as well as encouraging self-awareness and the development of decision making skills.

As our placements are across NHS Fife and NHS Tayside, applicants need to be prepared to travel anywhere within these NHS areas - which extend from Montrose and Forfar in the north, to Crieff and Pitlochry in the west, and south to the Firth of Forth.

Programme of study

This programme of study qualifies for the award of BSc in Nursing and registration on the Nursing Part of Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Register.

Year Modules Practice placement

Year 1

Nature of nursing 1
Physical health & wellbeing
Mental health & wellbeing
Skills & practice 1
Fundamentals of Mental health nursing
Day services / community
Mental health care
continuing care elderly / day care / nursing home
Care of adults with physical health problems
Enduring mental health

Year 2

Skills & practice 2
Nature of nursing 2
Utilising Psychosocial Theories and Therapeutic Approaches in Mental Health Nursing
Promoting Holism and Diversity in Mental Health Nursing
Acute mental health under 65s
Community MH teams / day hospital under 65s
Elderly acute assessment
IPCU / crisis out of hours

Year 3

Exploring Complexity in Mental Health Nursing Care
Nature of nursing 3
Development autonomy and independent practice in Mental Health Nursing
Skills & practice 3
Complex mental health care
Community mental health
Mental health specialists
Consolidation/sign off

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Entry requirements

Coming from School you will require a minimum of BCC at Higher. See the University admissions pages for full details.

Other qualifications as well as completion of an Access Programme are also suitable.

Acceptance onto the Programme will also depend on a personal statement, a reference, a successful interview, a criminal record check and a satisfactory health check.

How to apply

All applications must be made through UCAS - www.ucas.com. The deadline for consideration each year is the 15th of January.

Fees and funding

Applicants who meet the UK/EU residency and other criteria will have the full cost of their tuition fees covered. UK applicants will also be eligible to receive a bursary.

Further information

For more information about nursing read our information for prospective students

If you have a question about the BSc Nursing programmes please email: nursing@dundee.ac.uk