Mental Health Nursing

Undergraduate School of Life and Health Sciences

Are you passionate about supporting the mental health and wellbeing of others and want to learn to provide outstanding care within mental health services? You can choose to study this course at two locations: our main campus in Roehampton, or at Croydon University Centre (subject to approval). Study with us at Roehampton: ranked top 10 in the UK for Nursing (Guardian University Guide 2024)

Mental Health Nursing
Entry Tariff

112 UCAS points (or equivalent)


B742 (Roehampton Campus)

To apply to Croydon University Centre: on your UCAS application select campus code 'C' when adding Roehampton (R78) and BSc Mental Health Nursing (B742)


3 years (full-time)

Start date

September 2024

Degree Type

BSc (single honours)


These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change.


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Build solid foundations for your future in nursing.

Ranked top 10 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2024), our BSc Mental Health Nursing degree will help you develop a holistic approach to assessing and supporting both physical and mental wellbeing.

Working with a dedicated team of experienced clinicians and academics, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of:

• how the human body works

• how to help people stay healthy, and

• how to treat and support people with long-term and acute illnesses.

Our priority is ensuring that you graduate with a professional skillset - this specific nursing degree program has been designed to meet and exceed the rigorous standards of proficiency set forth by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, ensuring graduates are well-prepared for excellence in contemporary healthcare practice. This incorporates:

• health assessment

• planning holistic care

• evidence-based practice

• clinical skills

• medication management

• communication skills

• teamwork

• leadership


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Professional development

During your three years at Roehampton, you’ll demonstrate achievement of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards of proficiency for registered nurses.

You’ll develop the values and behaviours that underpin the NHS Constitution, such as putting service users at the centre of their care and treating people with compassion, dignity and respect.

You’ll also gain the confidence to communicate with a diverse range of people, which is a pre-requisite in the health and care professions.

Professional accreditation

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On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration as an Mental Health Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

How you'll learn

Enjoy hands-on learning in clinical settings.

This course blends theory with hands-on practice in our classrooms and state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centres (CSC).

Under the guidance of sector experts and academics, you’ll participate in:

• lectures

• seminars

• group work

• online learning

• reflective practical exercises.

You’ll also have the chance to study with healthcare professionals from other fields to gain a comprehensive understanding of nursing today, including:

• its role within 21st century health and care services

• the shift towards integrated care in the community as part of the NHS Long Term Plan

• the need for evidence-based practice for patient safety, and

• the importance of developing professional relationships with the people you care for and work with.

Throughout your training, we give equal value to physical and mental health to ensure that parity of esteem is a key consideration in care delivery.
You’ll also spend a significant amount of time in our Clinical Simulation Centres (CSC), where you’ll practice skills safely with:

• other students

• service users

• carers

• role players

• hi-tech patient simulators.

You’ll go on to refine your techniques through a series of real-world placements – learning how to provide exceptional care in a wide range of clinical settings, including:

o Community mental health teams

o Inpatient mental health services

o Private, voluntary and independent services

o Primary care (General Practice Nurses)

o Public health nursing (Health Visitors)

o Care homes

o Hospices

o Rehabilitation centres

o Acute hospitals.

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Our placement partnerships

During your course, you’ll undertake professional placements to ensure that you’re career ready before you graduate. We have agreements in place with a broad mix of clinical placement partners, including:

• NHS Trusts: St George’s University Hospitals, Kingston Hospital, Epsom and St Helier Hospitals, Croydon Health Services, Imperial College (Hammersmith, Charing Cross, and St Mary’s Hospitals), London North West University Healthcare Hospitals, and North Middlesex University Hospital

• Community health services: Your Healthcare, Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Sutton Health and Care, Croydon Health Services, and Surrey Heartlands

• Primary care nursing: Sutton, Kingston, Richmond, Croydon, Merton and Wandsworth Training Hubs

• Mental health providers: The Priory and Active Care Group, Roehampton, Holybourne Hospital, Roehampton, South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust

• Other: Princess Alice Hospice, St Raphael’s Hospice, Trinity Hospice, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHND), and care homes.

You can also choose to organise your own elective placement abroad.

A personal approach

Recognising that our students our individuals with different personal circumstances, we give you the choice of taking this course at our main Roehampton campus or at Croydon University Centre. We hope this will enable you to balance your studies with family and other external commitments.

Wherever you choose to study we’ll support you every step of the way, with in-person and online academic help, wellbeing services, careers advice, and financial and hardship support. Home Nursing students receive a non-repayable grant of £5,000 each academic year from the NHS, with additional support available.


Still have questions about starting a nursing career with Roehampton? Check out our list of FAQs which cover several areas including funding, accommodation and uniforms, and links to further reading.

We also offer this course at Croydon University Centre. You can find out more about the delivery of our course at Croydon University Centre here.

How you'll be assessed

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Hone your clinical skills and academic theory through practical and academic assessments.

During your time with us, you’ll undertake a range of academic projects and evaluations, including:

• reflective and case study-based assignments

• exams

• presentations

• practicals to support application of theory

Your clinical skills will be evaluated through simulation-based assessments in our Clinical Simulation Centres (CSC).

Your performance and progress will also be measured on placements in various healthcare settings by both clinical and academic staff.

Career options

Help shape the future of healthcare and make a meaningful impact on human lives.

We pride ourselves on training nurses who are highly sought after by employers and go on to become leaders of the profession.

With a BSc Mental Health Nursing from Roehampton, you’ll have the skills to succeed in wide variety of settings and roles. For example:

• Community nursing teams (District Nurse, Health Visitor, School Nurse)

• General Practice Nurse

• Care homes

• Hospices (Staff Nurse)

• Rehabilitation centres (Staff Nurse)

• Hospitals (in wards, A&E, ITU, Outpatients, Theatre)

• Prisons and custody units

• Specialist teams (Respiratory, Oncology, Tissue Viability)

• Research

• Education.

Wherever you’re heading, our Careers team will be on hand to help with personal coaching and support from the start of your studies until after you graduate.


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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

Application Info

How to apply

Undergraduate programmes


If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We welcome applicants with a wide range of qualifications, including BTECs, A-levels and T Levels.

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential. In some cases, we will make you a contextual offer. Contextual offers ensure that all applicants have a fair opportunity of gaining a place with us, regardless of their background. Find out more about contextual offers.

Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available on our How to apply page.

Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International
£9,250 £18,900

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries. See our 2024 financial support pages for UK students, and for international students. Nursing students could also be able to receive non-repayable amount of up to £11,000 per academic year with the NHS Learning Support Fund.

We also provide other ways to support the cost of living, including free buses and on-campus car parking, hardship support and some of the most affordable student accommodation and catering in London. Find out more about how we can support you.

Entry tariff

112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Specific entry requirements

A levels/BTEC (or equivalent qualification): at least one science or health-related subject

GCSE (or equivalent) grades 4/C in Maths and English (at least one science subject desirable).

Applicants will also undertake an interview. Successful applicants will need to complete an Occupational Health (OH) Check and an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Check.

Non-native English speakers who do not have GCSE English or equivalent at grade 4/C or above require an IELTS score of at least 6.5 in writing and at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking, with a minimum overall score of 7.0. Please refer to the NMC website for more details.

General entry requirements

UK students

Validation and curriculum review

What is validation?
Validation is a formal process through which the University approves a programme (content, teaching, learning and assessment) as being of appropriate standard and quality. This is a normal process used throughout the university sector.

The University expects to publish details of the validated programme in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

What is curriculum review?
Curriculum review is the regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes. It is a normal process in the sector and it is the way by which the university ensures that your course remains up-to-date and relevant. The process may result in changes to the content, structure and/or assessment of the programme.

The University expects to publish details of the re-validated programme by 31 March in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

Contextual offers

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements.

Find out more  

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Course Facilities

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   Our on-campus   CSC,   set up as a hospital ward   for our students  .

Froebel Ward

Our on-campus CSC, set up as a hospital ward for our students.

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   Community rooms   set   up to simulate a   patient’s   home.

Inside the CSC 

Community rooms set up to simulate a patient’s home.

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Mary Seacole Health Innovation Centre

The Mary Seacole Health Innovation Centre provides a unique space for healthcare students, with a focus on primary and community nursing.

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