Mental Health Nursing (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:See entry requirements table
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University Clinical Education Centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital and Keele University main campus
Subject Area: Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Course Overview

This programme focuses on mental health and wellness. We prepare students to work with individuals of all ages, with a range of mental health experiences, in diverse settings.

This challenging role demands good communication skills which will be fostered throughout the programme by skills rehearsal in the classroom and feedback from mentors in placement.

Our programme adopts an approach to learning and teaching which focuses on service users using a recovery approach, and encourages students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the safe delivery of effective mental health care. All modules integrate theory and practice elements which contribute to admission to the Professional Register. Placements are undertaken in a variety of settings, working with a mentor alongside social workers, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists and other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

The development of clinical skills to support physical health is an integral part of the programme and is supported in practice by mentors and in the excellent Clinical Skills Laboratories by experienced lecturers. Student support is a priority, with each student being allocated a personal tutor and having access to campus-based academic advice services. Learning and teaching are delivered through a variety of strategies including lectures, seminars, and tutorials, often facilitated by service users and carers. IT based exercises and presentations are also used to encourage work relevant skills. Assessment is undertaken through using a variety of strategies including essay and examination and in practical laboratory and clinical situations.

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Course content

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Mental Health Nursing. 

First year 

Core module:

  • Knowledge for Professional Nursing Practice 

Second year

Core module: 

  • Developing Professional Nursing Practice 

Third year

Core module:

  • Transition to Professional Nursing Practice 

Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Mental Health Nursing : B760 View Unistats for this course
Mental Health Nursing with Foundation Year: B763 View Unistats for this course

can be combined with:

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Study abroad

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has been proactive in developing the international perspective and has a growing focus with well-established partnerships with a number of institutions. These relationships enable both staff and student opportunities for exchanges and electives. On the nursing programme you will explore global health issues, international health targets and international health care policies within the curriculum using a variety of learning and teaching methods. In addition to this you will be given the opportunity to undertake an international placement either in one of the School’s link institutions, via a recognised placement organisation or following appropriate approval processes, a placement they have identified. 

Within the School of Nursing and Midwifery many students have experienced short and long placements in a variety of countries (some with Erasmus funding). The School also welcomes a number of students from other countries to spend a period of study here which has evaluated extremely positively and benefits the student group as a whole. An annual event is scheduled where health care students within the Faculty reflect on their international experiences as part of the “Keele International Festival”. 

See here for more information on the School's international opportunities. 


This subject/programme is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

To be awarded Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council you must select to study, pass all of the assessments within all of their modules, and achieve a minimum standard of a pass grade or 40%. All modules are compulsory and are to be undertaken in sequence. Entry to a subsequent module is dependent on successful completion of the previous module and achievement of the progression point.