Why choose this course
Mental health issues can strike anyone of any age, from any background. We will teach you the skills you need to meet this challenge and help patients improve their health and consequently their lives.
Our PGDip Nursing Studies (Mental Health Nursing) course will extend your existing knowledge into the field of mental health. You will benefit from the support and knowledge of our expert staff, who have many years of hands-on practical experience.
What you will study
This course will equip you with the knowledge required to become an efficient mental health practitioner, giving you the chance to register as a professional mental health nurse while you achieve your postgraduate qualification. During your studies, you’ll be exposed to a variety of mental health clinical practice experiences to help consolidate your theoretical learning.
You’ll benefit from our School of Health Sciences’ excellent research and tuition while developing your clinical decision-making and leadership skills. You’ll also learn how different factors which go into care, such as psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal factors, affect how practice is carried out.
By the time you graduate, you’ll be equipped to meet the needs of patients and families impacted by mental health difficulties.
Our School of Health Sciences is internationally recognised for its expertise in areas such as cancer, dementia, ethics and compassionate practice within a mental health setting. Studying as a postgraduate student with us means you will be taught by lecturers that are active researchers who will inspire you with their wealth of knowledge in their areas of expertise.
Who is this programme for?
If you have an undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant subject and or experience of working in a healthcare environment, then this course could be for you.
To study this course, you will need to demonstrate that you have worked for a minimum of 700 hours within a paid healthcare role. This experience must be gained within a year of starting the course. Crucially, you must also have a passion for nursing and the drive to complete the course within two years.
Study and work abroad
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.
PGDip - Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (mental health).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
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:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.
GSCE English, Science and Maths at grade C or above.
Applicants are also required to have at least 16 weeks of paid work experience in a healthcare role. This must have been obtained within 1 year of starting the course.
All of our offers will be made subject to a health screening and DBS checks. Occupational health services are provided by The Robens Centre on behalf of the University of Surrey.
This is a regulated course that requires declaration of criminal convictions at the application stage, please visit our criminal convictions webpage for more information.
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Admissions staff will review the information provided within the personal statement and reference to assess applications for evidence of academic ability, insight and motivation. Personal statements should be comprehensive, with correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview and selection day.
Applicants successful at the shortlisting stage will be required to attend an interview conducted by University academics, assisted by staff from clinical practice areas. Applicants selected to attend one of our interview days will be sent detailed guidance on the interview with their invitation. Interviews will be conducted in the format of multiple mini interviews (MMIs).
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
- Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
There are associated costs with this programme:
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check: The University will meet the cost of one DBS check, completed at the start of each new student’s programme or earlier where applicants indicate they have a conviction in their application. The DBS check is a programme requirement: it is mandatory that the DBS process in completed and the student is approved to attend before they can start placement. Applicants offered a place on the programme will be contacted to complete the online process by the deadline specified. The process is not completed until all original documentation has been approved by an appointed DBS approver. This can be completed in advance of Applicants starting their programme using main branches of the Post Office, where there will be a £6 administration fee.
Please see our information on fees and funding.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
How to apply
You can apply for this programme through UCAS, with the programme code 5Y91. Apply via UCAS.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Campus locationKate Granger Building
The School of Health Sciences has now moved to the Kate Granger Building located on 30 Priestley Road on the Surrey Research Park. This is where our nursing, midwifery, paramedic science and operating department practice courses are taught.
Some modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.