Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse - Mental Health) PGDip

Why choose this course?

Surrey is a leading UK university for nursing – students of our Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Studies (Mental Health Nursing) programme are taught by staff with practice experience and expertise.

The programme focuses on the importance of caring and compassion and will prepare you to respond to the complex, diverse and evolving nature of healthcare.

What you will study

Our programme offers you the opportunity to gain professional registration in mental health nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification.

It will develop you as an autonomous, reflective practitioner who has empathic qualities, is committed to delivering high-quality care and can empower individuals to maximise their own independence. 

Clinical, decision-making and leadership skills are developed progressively throughout the programme. Biosciences and psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal aspects of care inform a holistic approach to care, alongside a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning. 

In contemporary healthcare, collaborative practice is vital in meeting the complex needs of individuals and their families.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
PGDip Full-time 24 months Feb 2018
PGDip Full-time 24 months Oct 2018
Stag Hill

Professional recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (mental health).

Global opportunities

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Teaching staff

Staff within the School of Health Sciences have internationally recognised expertise in areas such as cancer, dementia, ethics and compassionate practice. As a postgraduate student, you will be taught by lecturers who are active researchers or have a wealth of experience in their areas.

Who is this programme for?

Individuals who have an undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant subject, normally obtained within the last five years, and experience of working in a health care environment. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have worked for a minimum of 575 hours within a paid healthcare role, gained within a year of commencing the programme.

This is equivalent to 16 weeks of full-time work and may be achieved through part time-work over a longer period of time. Applicants also need to be ambitious and passionate about a career in nursing, with the ability and drive to complete the programme in two years.

Programme leader

Mrs Amy Dopson

Our students

  • Scott Munro, PhD Health Sciences

    "My overall PhD experience has been very positive. With the support of my supervision team and the other postgraduate researchers around, I soon settled in to life as a PhD student."

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  • Hannah Whitmore, PhD Chemistry

    "I love studying at Surrey. It’s a beautiful environment to be in. My Department is very supportive and so is my supervisor."

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Our graduates

  • Pahim Miah, PGDip Physician Associate

    "Choosing to study at Surrey was the best way for me to begin working towards my career as a Physician Associate."

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  • Marianna Dalkou, MSc Health Psychology

    Marianna Dalkou, Psychologist, Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children, Thessaloniki, Greece

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The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Modules

 

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can assist you in developing your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

Students are encouraged to disclose their condition and register with the service so that they can be appropriately supported during their studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also provided to students where appropriate.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

A first degree (second class honours, minimum) which has been achieved within the last five years.

A science degree is preferred (bioscience, behavioural or social science).

Recent experience of practice in a health care role (the equivalent of at least 16 weeks of full-time employment).

GSCE English, Science and Maths at grade C or above.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic:  7.0 overall, 7.0 in each component (or equivalent).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Feb 2018 To be advised by the academic department To be advised by the academic department
Full-time Oct 2018 To be advised by the academic department To be advised by the academic department

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2018-19 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught programmes.

Funding

Loans, scholarships and financial support

There are many streams of funding for postgraduate students including awards, scholarships and loans. Learn more.

 

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

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Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Contact us

General enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

Admissions enquiries:

+44-(0)1483-682-222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

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