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Mental Health Nursing, BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • Number 1 in London for student satisfaction according to the Complete University Guide 2017.
  • Hands-on training experience, with 50% of your time in work placements being assessed by qualified practitioners.
  • We prepare you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a registered Mental Health Nurse.



With mental health being in the forefront of the nation's mind, now is the most powerful time to step in and make a difference.

Our degree offers pre-registration nursing in the specialist field of mental health.

The courses within our degree offer both theoretical and practical learning in a variety of settings. We have excellent links with the NHS and other care providers and will arrange your placements in both hospitals and community settings.

Work placements

Placements will be in a variety of institutional and community settings such as hospitals, clinics, health centres, forensic services, assessment and intervention services, and schools. You will spend 50% of your time each year in these valuable work placements where you will be assessed by qualified practitioners. 

Our degree has a strong focus on intrapersonal and interpersonal development. We put particular emphasis on critical thinking, reflexivity and the ongoing development of self and others. This is based upon the principle of family centred care. Your training with us will cover caring for individuals with mental health problems across all age bands.

As a student nurse, we will teach you to be proficient in essential evidenced-based skills. This is paired with developing the values and person-centred approaches needed by your patients.

Mental health nursing skills are taught and assessed in our four, state of the art laboratories, ensuring you develop competence in a safe, protected environment.

The knowledge, skills and values you acquire with us will help you empower your patients and their families in making informed, vital health decisions.

We also promote multi-professional and collaborative working, with shared learning between nursing and midwifery students.


Throughout our programme, we prepare you to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as registered Mental Health Nurses.

The programme will ensure you have achieved the outcomes identified in the NMC Standards for Pre-registration Nursing Education (NMC 2010) including the standards for competence and the Essential Skills Clusters and the requirement of Directive 2005/36/EC. The intellectual, professional, academic and practical competencies that you will acquire as a Mental Health Nursing graduate are informed by the European Tuning Project 2009, 3.2.


The BSc Hons Mental Health Nursing programme begins in both September and March at our Avery Hill Campus.


Our nursing degrees are ranked:

  • First in London for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Within the top 20 nationally for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017
  • Second in London for student satisfaction by the National Student Survey 2017
  • In the top five nationally with an average student satisfaction of 94% by the National Student Survey 2017.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

112 UCAS points from A-levels. No more than 12 points should come from AS-levels.

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced and Progression Diplomas
  • Access courses
  • NVQ (Level 3)
  • Diploma in Health and Social Care (Level 3).

At least three GCSEs including English language and mathematics with a minimum of grade C are also required.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

In addition

Candidates will be required to:

  • Work shadowing/observation: Appropriate healthcare experience either voluntary or paid is encouraged
  • Undertake an interview
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check, occupational health screening and meet residential regulations.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Please note that this programme is not available to international students for March intake. However, we welcome international applicants for our September intake.

What people say

My experience at the University of Greenwich has been life-changing. Not only have I bagged myself an amazing career dedicated to helping others, I've been fortunate to have met some incredible people too.

The support from my peers and lecturers was absolutely brilliant. The placements were the best part of the programme. allowing me to put theory into practice and develop my understanding of mental health. The support and guidance from my placement mentors, and patients, was great.

Mariam Khan
BSc Hons Mental Health Nursing

Looking back over my three years at Greenwich, there have been some challenging times and there have been some amazing times. The support I received from the university staff stood out from day one and that kept me going! Over the last three years I've been invited to 10 Downing Street, spoken at national conferences, and been involved with exciting innovation and research. I was also part of the small team that helped launch the inaugural Future of Mental Health Nursing Conference at The O2. 

Elizabeth Read
BSc Hons Mental Health Nursing

Extra information


Students will be assessed through:

  • Exams 
  • Essays 
  • Skills assessments 
  • Poster presentations 
  • Work books  
  • Clinical skills assessment (OSCE).

Professional recognition

This programme is professionally recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


As a mental health nurse, you can work in a variety of setting including hospitals, community, prisons, forensic settings, rehabilitation, GP Practices and primary care and mental health settings across the acute and community sectors and worldwide. Nurses in both hospital and community settings have opportunities to become managers, educators and clinical specialists.

What we offer 

At The University of Greenwich we want to make the experience for our Health and Social care students as simple as possible, keeping costs to a minimum and ensuring our students get the best experience. To support our students on these courses we offer a package that includes;

  • Free occupational Health costs, including immunizations
  • Full uniform set
  • Aspire@Greenwich scheme in partnership with John Smiths student stores worth £200*

*Eligible students only. Terms and conditions apply

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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Avery Hill Campus

Situated either side of Avery Hill Park in Eltham, this campus combines the grace of a Victorian mansion with modern living and teaching facilities.

New Eltham and Falconwood (approx. 15 min walk)

TFL buses frequently run nearby.

Ample 'pay and display' parking on campus.

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