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.
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.
|Qualification||Study mode||Course length||Start date|
|PGDip||Full-time||24 months||Feb 2018|
|PGDip||Full-time||24 months||Oct 2018|
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (mental health).
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.
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.
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.