Nursing Studies (Registered Nurse Mental Health Nursing) BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
Surrey is one of the UK’s top universities for nursing, ranked 4th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2019 and in the top 10 of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
Our mental health nursing course combines theory and practice elements and is delivered in a supportive learning environment.
You will be challenged and supported throughout the course to become a highly competent mental health nurse. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
What you will study
This course focuses on the healthcare needs of people with mental health difficulties and their families.
As a student of this course, you will explore the philosophical, sociological and psychological aspects of mental healthcare within current clinical contexts. You will also develop a clear understanding of the experience of mental health service users and those who work with them, including families, friends and carers.
You will have opportunities to take part in simulated practice learning in our excellent Simulation Suite where you will explore key mental health nursing principles and develop an extensive range of skills, including interpersonal communication, effective assessment and intervention, and collaborative working with both service users and their families.
Registered practitioners: If you are a registered practitioner looking for an undergraduate programme to further your learning, please visit our continuing professional development page.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||B760||View KIS data set|
BSc (Hons) - 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.
Nursing is the largest healthcare profession in the country and nurses play a role in the delivery of most healthcare services.
Although many qualified nurses work in hospitals, they can also work in general practice surgeries, community settings, home healthcare, outpatient day surgeries, nursing homes, schools, mental health agencies, hospices, the military and industry.
Our Nursing graduates have excellent employment prospects. Many of our graduates are initially employed by the NHS Trust in which they had their practice experience, before going on to further studies and employment elsewhere.
Some nurses develop careers in education or research, promoting advances in many areas of healthcare and health promotion practice. For more information about careers, visit the NHS careers website.
Options for nursing graduates
A two-year Postgraduate Diploma programme may be possible for graduates of relevant disciplines (for example, biosciences or psychology) with relevant work experience.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.
As a Mental Health Nursing student at Surrey, you will have the opportunity to spend two months in Dublin, Ireland as part of an Erasmus+ exchange (Erasmus grants available).
Are you curious about life as a nursing student? Read our ‘Week in the life’ feature to discover what a typical week looks like for a first-year nursing student.
We have a broad range of excellent placements across Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.
You’ll be allocated to a distinct area within this large region and become a member of a community of healthcare practitioners. We refer to these distinct areas as ‘localities’.
Each locality includes acute hospital placements, community-based placements and independent-sector placements. These placements are what give our students practical experience.
Each locality consists of a strong community of healthcare practitioners who work together to provide a high standard of care to the people they serve. You’ll soon become familiar with the areas of your placements, and you’ll be well supported by mentors in your practice.
Many of our students choose to find their first post within their locality after registration.
Your placements will mainly be in two mental health NHS trusts. Both trusts work with people and lead communities to improve their mental and physical health through prevention, diagnosis, early intervention, treatment and care.
It’s also possible to take placements within private and independent sector organisations.
Although the majority of placements take place within the assigned locality region, on occasion, students may be allocated a placement further afield. The School of Health Sciences is committed to continually growing its placement network to provide the very best experience for students. An indicative list of our main student placement providers can be found below:
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. It also provides drug and alcohol services in Surrey.
They provide a range of specialist services such as specialist psychological services, eating disorder services, drug and alcohol services, forensic services and prison in-reach mental-health services.
Care is provided for people of all ages, from children and young people through to older people with conditions such as dementia. Partnerships with other services and organisations such as Surrey County Council enables an integrated health and social approach to meet people's full range of needs.
Students undertake placements within community settings, hospitals and residential homes with an emphasis on providing local treatment and support close to people's homes wherever possible.
Surrey and Borders Partnership Mental Health Trust covers localities one to four.
Discover more about the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
The Trust provide care services for people across Sussex with mental health problems, learning disabilities or an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Care is provided for people of all ages, from children and young people through to older people.
Community services provided by the Trust cover all treatment and care delivery which could take place in people’s homes or at local assessment and treatment centres, community clinics, GP practices and community hospitals.
Experience will be gained in a range of settings including community mental health teams, crisis resolution and home treatment teams.
Discover more about the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
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 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.
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Campus locationSurrey Research Park
30 Priestley Road, on the Surrey Research Park, is home to the School of Health Sciences where our nursing, midwifery, paramedic science and operating department practice courses are taught.
As part of this course you will be expected to attend placements off campus, please see the placement section for more details.
Additional informationSome modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.