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BSc (Hons)Mental Health Nursing

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UCAS code: MHN1
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a mental health nursing degree at Solent University

If you want to help others in critical need, you can have a rewarding and fulfilling nursing career in mental health. Learn essential clinical skills on this NMC accredited degree.

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  • Accredited by Nursing and Midwifery Council. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be entitled to register with the NMC.
  • The course will enable achievement of recognised additional qualifications in skills such as mental health, first-aid and suicide prevention.
  • Take part in a wide range of clinical placements in all years of study, in a variety of primary and secondary mental healthcare services, such as community and hospital teams, forensics services, specialist providers.
  • You will gain excellent career prospects: there is significant local and national demand for nursing graduates.
  • Our teaching team have excellent teaching and clinical experiences. They can help you to become a skilled mental health nurse to make a positive difference to people lives.
  • Human function and health, one of Solent’s key research areas, embodies research-related activities associated with the investigation and evaluation of human function, health, and the social context – you will learn direct from leading experts in their field.
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Course overview

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing has been designed to meet the future nursing proficiencies set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018) and upon successful completion will allow you to register and work as a graduate mental health nurse.

We aim to develop your knowledge, skills and academic capacities so you can build a meaningful nursing career that balances your own continuous personal growth with doing public good for the varied communities you will care for across your working life.

The course will consider what it means and how to provide mental health care in a contemporary, culturally diverse context, and what is needed for the profession to continuously improve and add value to the lived experiences of the populations we serve.

You will complete a series of theory modules over three parts that analyse and critique modern mental health approaches and treatment modalities, including the medical model, psychotherapeutic approaches, anthropological understanding of health beliefs, public health approaches, and the social determinants of health, among other ideas and concepts.

The clinical practice components of the course will consist of placements in all years of study in a variety of primary and secondary mental healthcare services, such as community and hospital teams, forensics services, specialist providers of mental health care, and every other place where mental health nurses can play a role in the prevention, treatment and recovery of people with mental ill health. Placements are essential and are found and allocated by our dedicated placements team.

In addition to becoming a graduate mental health nurse, the course will enable achievement of recognised additional qualifications in skills such as mental health first aid and in suicide prevention. It is also possible to self-fund short volunteering experiences overseas.

Our overall aim as a nursing lecturing team and as a university is that you have access to the best of teaching, learning and clinical experiences so you can become a skilled, thoughtful and authentic mental health nurse who is confident you are making a positive difference to people lives and the wider communities you work within.

Any questions?

Contact UK admissions

Email: 023 8201 5066

Contact international admissions

Email: +44 (0)23 8201 5066

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Course features

  • Additional qualification

    This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree

  • Professional accreditation

    This course has been accredited by a professional body

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Study abroad

    You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course

Who is this course for?

Mental health nursing is suitable for people who want a career that has social value and who have a keen interest in caring for others and enabling people to achieve the best outcomes they can.

Mental health nursing students often have, or want to develop, an open mind and be curious about the nature of the human condition and society and to be able to do something real that benefits both.

We welcome applications from people with all kinds of life experiences and at all stages of life.

What does this course lead to?

Registered mental health nurses can work within the National Health Service, private, voluntary and independent sector healthcare providers, education, policy, and government sectors. UK educated and NMC registered nurses also can work globally but may be required to take registration tests for other national nursing bodies.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a friendly and experienced teaching team in excellent teaching and learning facilities.

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces.

Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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