This course is closed to UK/home applicants for 2021 entry.

Course overview

Study an innovative nursing course and launch your career with confidence.

You'll learn how to care for people of all ages suffering with mental health conditions ranging from depression, addiction, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

Through expert teaching and supportive supervision, you will learn to attend to patients' medical needs and care for their personal wellbeing. We nurture your creativity, critical judgement and ability to lead as you develop your clinical skills. You'll be prepared for whatever challenges you might face as a practising nurse or healthcare leader.

Why choose this course?

  • Study a course which leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Develop key leadership skills and join a community with award-winning student nurses
  • Be taught in a school with 30 years' experience training nurses and an excellent reputation for teaching and research
  • Choose to study abroad and select optional modules, for a more personal experience
  • Learn in an active healthcare environment, based in a Medical School within one of the UK's largest major hospitals
  • Join a course where you're encouraged to join in with wider university life fully in your first year

If you already have a degree, see our two-year Graduate Entry Nursing (Mental Health) MSc.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level BBB; including one science subject

Please note: Applicants whose backgrounds or personal circumstances have impacted their academic performance may receive a reduced offer. Please see our contextual admissions policy for more information.

Required subjects

A levels must include a science subject; plus GCSE level 4 (C) or above in English (language or literature) and maths.

IB score 30 (with three subjects at Higher Level including Higher Level 5 in a science subject), plus English and maths at Standard Level

Standard entry requirements

BBB at A level, including one from biology, chemistry, physics, physical education, psychology or sociology. GCSE English (language or literature) and maths at grade 4 (C) or above is also required.

Please note we do not accept general studies at A level or functional English or mathematics GCSEs.

Alternative entry requirements

In combination with GCSE English (language or literature) and maths at grade 4 (C) or above, we accept:

  • BTEC: The Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies) or Health Science should be passed with a minimum of Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM) as the final award to include a minimum of 60 academic science credits. Other relevant Extended Diplomas may be considered, see our guidance for applicants.
    We will also accept a combination of A levels and BTEC 'non-extended' diplomas.
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 credits at level three (to include a minimum of 21 credits at distinction, 18 credits at merit and the rest at pass or above). At least 15 of the credits at merit grade must be in science modules. A minimum of 15 credits are required from science modules, at merit grade or above.
    Distance learning Access to HE courses are also accepted.
  • CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care: Grade B overall and subject to completing specific modules. All science modules must be grade B or above.

A list of other alternative qualifications we accept is on our Advice for nursing applicants webpage.


All offers are also subject to a successful interview at the selection day, satisfactory health screening, and disclosure and barring service (DBS) clearance.

An interview is mandatory, in line with our professional and regulatory body requirements. See our Advice for nursing applicants webpage for application tips and an overview of the interview process.

Please note, we are not expecting any work experience to have taken place or be ongoing after March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Your application for 2021 entry will not be negatively affected if you’ve been unable to complete work experience you had planned.

Foundation progression options

If you don't meet the requirements for this course and you are a UK or EU student, you might want to consider our one-year Health Sciences Foundation Certificate.

Mature Students

At the University of Nottingham, we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information on the mature students webpage.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

Teaching methods vary from module to module, but may include:

Teaching methods

  • Case-based learning
  • Clinical skills sessions
  • Lectures
  • Placements
  • Practical classes
  • Seminars
  • Small group learning
  • Self-study
  • Tutorials

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods vary from module to module, but may include:

Assessment methods

  • Case studies
  • Clinical exams
  • Objective structured clinical exams
  • Coursework
  • Written exam
  • Literature review
  • Presentation

Contact time and study hours

You can expect an average of 25-30 hours of contact time per week, in the form of a variety of teaching methods. This is supported by independent self-guided study.

You will also complete 2,300 hours of clinical supervised practice throughout your degree programme.

Study abroad

You can arrange to spend the elective placement in year two anywhere in the world (provided the country is deemed safe to travel to and you can self-fund the trip). This is an exciting opportunity to gain an international understanding of healthcare overseas.

Previous students have undertaken placements in destinations including South East Asia, mainland Europe, Africa, India, New Zealand, Cape Verde, Hong Kong, Nepal, Seychelles and the USA.


The course includes eight placements over three years, each lasting from 4-10 weeks. This includes an elective placement and a final, management placement.

You will experience a range of settings including medical, surgical, crisis support acute care and community nursing. You may also experience forensic settings, child and adolescent mental health services and parent and baby mental health services.

Placements are located within four large NHS trusts and local private or independent healthcare providers, in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

During placements, you will be supported by experienced clinical mentors (practice supervisors) and participate in student forums.

Elective placement

There is an 'elective placement' in the second year which you will arrange yourself, with some support from the school. This is an opportunity to get a deeper understanding of nursing, in an area that you're most interested in personally.

Previous students have spent their elective placement in another country, the prison service or neonatal units. A small number of students have also been successful in finding a placement with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Department of Health and Social Care

Please note, the elective placement is self-funded.

Study Abroad and the Year in Industry are subject to students meeting minimum academic requirements. Opportunities may change at any time for a number of reasons, including curriculum developments, changes to arrangements with partner universities, travel restrictions or other circumstances outside of the university’s control. Every effort will be made to update information as quickly as possible should a change occur.


Your first year follows a 39-week university year, with no teaching on Wednesday afternoons or over the summer holiday. There is one placement towards the end of your first year, lasting four to six weeks.

As well as having lectures and seminars, you will develop your skills in a simulated clinical environment within our Medical School.

Biosciences Applied to Nursing (1 and 2)

The module considers:

  • Aspects of biosciences that form the foundation to safe and effective person centred nursing care
  • Anatomy, physiology, genetics, microbiology and pharmacology
  • Basic understanding of chemistry, physics, biology and biochemistry
  • The application of biosciences to nursing practice
  • The linking of theory and practice through the use of case studies and integration with the clinical learning modules
  • How a detailed understanding of biosciences can promote physical and mental health
Clinical Learning (1 and 2)​

These modules are at the heart of developing your knowledge, skills and resilience in practice. Their aim is to develop your clinical skills so that you are competent in practice, but also integrate your learning within the other modules to enable holistic care. There will be an emphasis on small group working with experts from experience and experts from practice. Several clinical assessments will take place in this module, from the relatively simple (i.e. hand washing) to complex assessment skills. 

Introduction to Professional Nursing

This module will consider what it means to be a professional nurse within current health practice, critically evaluating the role and purpose of modern nursing. The values and behaviours discussed in this module will be integrated and developed within clinical learning.

Evidence Applied to Nursing Practice​

The module considers:

  • the nature of knowledge and types of evidence and the wider context of evidence based practice
  • introduction to the main principles of evidence based practice
  • the research process covering the fundamentals of differing paradigms and methodologies to include quality improvement
  • the nature of informal and formal evidence and its interpretation
  • critical thinking and the decision making process.  How arguments are constructed
  • nursing theories and how these can assist in the decision making process.  Including the central concepts of person/family/client centred care
  • examine the nature of evidence and research and its application in terms of dignity, privacy, sleep, safety and comfort, nutrition, hydration, and elimination
  • introduction into how evidence can influence practice, patient safety and the issues of its application
  • global research and UK application
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Wednesday 23 June 2021.

In year two your knowledge and skills in biological sciences, sociology, psychology and pharmacology will grow. You will apply your learning to assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating how people are cared for.

There are a variety of placements in year two, with resilience-based clinical supervision to support your development.

Biosciences and Introduction to Pharmacology​

This modules considers:

  • The care of patients and clients with increasingly complex illnesses requiring multifaceted treatments and care in all settings.  
  • Scientific and technological advances to understand disease processes and potential treatment options.  
  • The core bioscience and related modules in year 1 by providing opportunities for students to integrate and further develop their understanding of physiological, altered physiological and pathophysiological processes occurring within the body.  
  • Application of essential physiological principles through general and field specific, case-based learning.
  • The principles of pharmacology to form a foundation for the preparing to prescribe module.
  • Applied knowledge using scenarios to illustrate the links to informing nursing care, developing care, and exploring treatment options, specifically including pharmacological requirements
Psychosocial Influences on Health

What influences health? This module will critically review the psychological and social influences on health, providing you with an opportunity to discuss, review and analyse a range of interesting topics such as health inequalities, social constructions of health and illness, models of mental health and mental health law. This will include clinical skills training and Enquiry-Based Learning (EBL) case studies prior to consolidating and integrating your learning through professional practice experience and clinical supervision.

Clinical Learning 3​

This module considers:

  • Assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence based nursing specific to the students’ field of practice (adult/ child/ mental health).
  • Assessment and management of comorbidities. Implementation of evidence based nursing throughout the lifetime, including end of life care. 
  • Develop resilience for practice.
  • Optimisation pharmacological interventions
Clinical Practice: Application of Learning​

This module considers:

  • The theoretical content and clinical learning into the practice experience in order to enable students to apply their learning in practice. 
  • Reflective writing development – incorporating the evidence base, being a reflective practitioner.
  • Preparing for Assessment in Clinical Placement – transferability of skills, evidencing learning, and proactive preparation for summative assessment. 
  • Maximising opportunities in Clinical Placements – identifying learning needs, setting goals, incorporating feedback, preparing for assessment.
  • Adult and Child branch students: maternal health.
  • Professional responsibilities –working within limitations, Risk assessment, incident reporting and management, safeguarding, whistleblowing and clinical governance. 
  • Professional boundaries, behaviours and considerations for Elective placement.
  • Support with Elective Plan and development of learning outcomes.
  • Support with Elective Risk Assessment
Using Evidence to Improve Nursing Practice​

This module consders:

  • A review of the major research paradigms. 
  • Introduce the concept of clinical audit and how this can be used to improve practice.
  • Evidence through collaboration, introduction to systematic reviews. 
  • Advanced critical thinking.
  • Quality assurance.
  • Patient safety.
  • Evidence as an agent of change and consideration of the barriers to change. 
  • Critical interpretation of written data.
  • Introduction and interpretation of numeric data. 
  • Research ethics and the special considerations in health care.
  • Introduction to the extended literature review. 
  • Advance literature searching. 
  • Manage evidence by the use of tools e.g Endnote and Zotero
  • Development of a research proposal in preparation for the  year three extended literature review
Leadership for Nursing​

This module considers:

  • The personal leadership development of students and the main issues relating to developing leadership skills.  
  • Leadership approaches, strength based approaches, communication skills, planning, risk assessment, supporting others and use of clinical supervision networks, change and change management, networking and partnership working.  
  • Reflection on aspects of practice and make observations of leaders in practice.   
  • Underpinning themes will be explored within these topics including the effects of power, empowerment, self-awareness, understanding group dynamics and effective team working.  
  • Processes around human resource management, health economics, budgets and safe staffing.
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

In year three you will select two optional modules. This will guide your career and expand your knowledge and skills.

You will be able to express a preference for your final management placement - preparing you for your future career and/or giving you experience in a new area of nursing practice.

Core modules

Preparing to Prescribe​

The module considers:

  • Consultation, decision making and therapy including referral in prescribing.
  • Influences on and psychology of prescribing.
  • Prescribing in a team context.
  • Clinical pharmacology including effects of co morbidity.
  • Evidence based practice and clinical governance.
  • Legal policy and ethical aspects of prescribing.
  • Professional accountability and responsibility in prescribing.
  • Prescribing in a public health context
Advanced Clinical Learning - Mental Health Field

This module aims to provide you with the opportunity to critically explore the skills, values and evidence base essential for supporting individuals towards their recovery when they are experiencing mental health problems.

Development of Management and Leadership Skills​ for Practice

This module considers:

  • The clinical knowledge and skills required for registration with the professional nursing body the Nursing and Midwifery Council. 
  • The development of leadership and management skills required to undertake nursing assessment, complex clinical decision making, care delivery and care management underpinned by critical theoretical knowledge and evidence based practice
Extended Literature Review​ (dissertation)

This module considers:

  • How evidence can be applied in practice through the development of a literature review. 
  • Development of research skills.
  • Critical evaluation of evidence.
  • Synthesis of findings to generate new knowledge.
  • Application of evidence into practice through leadership and dissemination

Optional modules

Year three optional modules

In year three, you will select one optional modules, which could include the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Cancer Care

  • Neonatal Nursing

  • High Dependency Care for Children

  • Assessment and Management of Wounds in Healthcare

  • Contemporary Management of Diabetes Mellitus

  • Assessment and Management of Pain

  • Clinical Decision making in Healthcare Practice

  • Change and Innovation in Mental Health

Please note optional modules may change in future years of this course, as a result of the coronavirus situation or other factors, such as developments in the curriculum. Where we have to make changes to modules, we will update this online prospectus as soon as we can.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Fees and funding

UK students

Per year

International students

Per year

*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you may be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and your answers will be assessed using guidance issued by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) .

Additional costs

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, such as travel, accommodation and printing. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies.

Travel to your placements is self-funded and costs will vary depending on location. However, you may be eligible for some costs to be reimbursed.

You will need to pay £40 for an enhanced DBS check, and may wish to subscribe to the DBS update service for £13 per year. If you don't have a pair of suitable shoes to wear in clinical placement, you will need to purchase some. You will also need to buy a clinical skills polo shirt for £10.

Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

Scholarships and bursaries

Bursaries of £5,000 will be available for students starting a nursing course from September 2020, with some students eligible for up to an additional £3,000 per year. Full details.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International students

We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

International scholarships


All our BSc and graduate entry nursing courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). After successfully completing any of these courses, you will be eligible to register with the NMC as a registered nurse

Graduate destinations

You will have the experience needed to work within the NHS, private healthcare or within the voluntary and independent sector. You may also choose to pursue a career in teaching, research or management. 

Average starting salary and career progression

A newly qualified nurse working within the NHS can expect to start at salary Band 5, earning a minimum of £24,214. 

As you gain experience as a nurse and develop your professional skills, you may progress on to a senior clinical post at NHS Band 7 or higher. The top salary on Band 7 is £43,772.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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Important information

This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to 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 the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.