BSc (Hons) Nursing - Mental Health

Our Mental Health nursing degree is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. We’ll train you to join a health care team upon graduation.

Nursing - Mental Health

Key facts

  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Start date September 2024
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study full time
  • Delivery on campus
  • UCAS Code B770


Nursing and Midwifery Council

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Mental Health nursing is a challenging yet rewarding profession where you can make a real difference to people’s lives.

Our innovative Mental Health Nursing course will prepare you to meet the needs of a modern profession and provide the best possible  care. You will leave us as a confident and capable practitioner, fully equipped to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and join a health care team upon graduation.

Our course curriculum is informed by the latest research and encourages you to take an evidence-based approach to nursing care. We believe that mental health and wellbeing services must always respect the intrinsic value of people and their individuality.

In practice this means that teaching and learning activities are informed either directly or indirectly by people who have lived experience of mental ill health. This  inclusive, values based approach will support your development as a reflective, resilient and socially aware mental health nurse with the capacity to engage in a diverse range of health and social care settings.

You will be allocated a personal tutor who will be a source of guidance information and support during your studies. Whilst undertaking practice learning experiences, you will also be allocated a Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor who will support your practice based learning.

We work with our course partner, NHS Forth Valley, to ensure that our course remains clinically excellent and our students get the best possible experience while they’re studying. We will inspire and challenge you, so that you leave as a confident and capable practitioner- ready to join a health and social care team upon graduation.

BSc (Hons) Nursing students

BSc (Hons) Nursing students follow the same course structure as BSc Nursing students for Years 1-3. After that point, Honours students carry out an additional placement module with the opportunity to study overseas.

In their final year, Honours students complete additional modules, including a dissertation and, achieve registration and their Honours degree at the end of Year 4.


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Professional accreditation

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Each year, the course meets the NMC requirement of 50% theory and 50% practice. Following successful completion of the course, including the NMC required final placement in Year 3, students are eligible to achieve professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Prizes or awards

Students can be nominated for The Student Nursing Times Awards or the newly formed RCN Scotland Nurse of the Year. These awards celebrate the very best in student nurses and nurse education, recognising educational establishments and honouring those who are committed to developing new nursing talent. The University of Stirling has won Student Nursing Times Awards in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021. Catherine Watson was awarded Student Nurse of the Year 2022.

Entry requirements

Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

SQA Highers


GCE A-levels


IB Diploma


BTEC (Level 3)


Essential subjects

One Higher or A Level (or equivalent) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics

Widening access students

Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.

Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Other Scottish qualifications

Scottish HNC/HND

Year one minimum entry - Bs in graded units.

Access courses

University of Stirling access course - for mature students only. You must pass the course with 50% or above.

SWAP Access course - for mature students only.

Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

Essential subjects

To include one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics. 

Other qualifications

English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND

Merits and Distinctions

English access course

Access to Higher Education Diploma - 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3. Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

Essential subjects

To include one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics

International entry requirements

Advanced entry

Advanced entry may by possible depending on your qualifications. 

Additional information

What other criteria are required for BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing?

The personal values and qualities that you’re able demonstrate in your personal statement will be considered. Explaining why you’re choosing mental health nursing should be evident. Voluntary or paid experience in a care setting would be useful. We advise you to show the links between the knowledge, values and skills gained in these experiences and your reasons and abilities for Mental Health nursing. Other experience, which demonstrates your commitment and your ability to work in a team, is also valuable.

References required

References are required. Please provide an academic reference. If this is not possible, we can accept an employer’s reference. Friends as referees are not accepted. If you’re applying to transfer from another institution, we require a reference and a transcript from that institution.

Practical experience

You must be committed to go on practice learning experiences in conjunction with our practice partners. These may cover an extensive geographical area and so you should be expected to be able to travel to all practice areas within NHS Forth Valley It is expected that you make your own arrangements to accessing these experiences. There is some reimbursement from SASS for travel costs.

You should also be aware that holiday periods are pre-determined within the course.

Will there be an interview? 

If your application is successful, then you will be invited to attend a compulsory interview.

Disclosure Scotland check 

All applicants are subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. This will show all spent and unspent criminal convictions including (but not limited to) cautions, reprimands, final warnings, bind over orders or similar and, to the extent relevant to this course, may also show details of any minor offences, fixed penalty notices, penalty notices for disorder.

Previous criminal convictions may not exclude you from entering the course, but all convictions must be declared, and some may result in your application being unsuccessful.

Fitness for taking part in practical placements

All applicants must be passed fit by our Occupational Health team. We’ll ask you to fill out a questionnaire and also to visit our team on campus. 

To protect your privacy, neither of these checks will normally be carried out until an offer has been made to you.

Other routes of entry

Some applicants may have varying levels of prior certificated or experiential learning. You’ll be assessed on an individual basis, according to the current University of Stirling Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy. RPL is facilitated within the Faculty and this may result in a shortened programme of study for you. Please get in touch to discuss any prior learning with a member of our recruitment team.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Academic or UKVI 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in speaking, listening and reading.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 67 overall with a minimum of 62 in writing and 67 in speaking, listening and reading.
  • IBT TOEFL 94 overall with 19 in reading, 24 in writing, 20 in listening and 22 in speaking.

See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Course details

This course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You will study alongside our Adult Nursing students throughout the programme and our BSc Paramedic Science students during year 1 of the programme to gain an understanding of how health and social care professionals work together to bring about the best in patient-centred care. Our course will develop your critical and reflective thinking and in doing so improve your self-awareness, self-confidence and personal resilience.

Each year of the course meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirement of 50% theory and 50% practice. You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of nursing, and then progress to specialist areas such as therapeutic skills, recovery, trauma-informed care and leadership skills.

Through our partnerships with a diverse range of health and social care organisations, you will have the opportunity to put theory into practice. You may work both day and night shifts to coincide with the patterns of the clinical area and your allocated Practice Supervisor.

This course is designed for you to achieve the proficiencies required for registration in the UK as a nurse. You may have the opportunity to undertake a placement with a health-related organisation.

You’ll be allocated a personal tutor, who will be a source of guidance, information and support during your studies.

In the theory learning, you will be supported to demonstrate a growing knowledge and understanding of the life sciences and relational and trauma-informed care approaches. You will examine the skills and demonstrate these skills in your final practice learning experience. Clinical skills teaching is tailored around mental health scenarios.

In Year 2 you will study two mental health specific modules and in Year 3 one mental health specific module as well as shared modules with Adult Nursing students.

Advances in knowledge require that Mental Health Nurses continually incorporate new research findings into their practice; this awareness is embedded in our course. Your ability to incorporate evidence-based, outcomes-orientated practice is part of our course philosophy.


The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2023). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course details


We've been awarded five star excellence for our teaching in the QS Stars University Ratings 2021. A wide range of approaches to teaching and learning is used on this course. We take a student-centred approach which uses small group teaching (enquiry and scenario based learning) along with lectures, seminars, group work and clinical skills teaching.


Each semester you’ll be assessed by a range of methods including exams, essays, reports, clinical skills assessments, presentations and assessments of practice. You need to pass these before progressing to the next semester.

Work placement opportunities

Your course will provide you with a wide range of practice learning placements. These will take place in the NHS Forth Valley area.


For any course related questions, please contact +44 (0)1786 466340 or

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

Academic year: 2023/24 2024/25
Scottish students £1,820 £1,820
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
International students (including EU) £20,300 £21,300

Scottish students

This fee is set by the Scottish Government and is subject to change.

Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, if you are domiciled in Scotland you can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government on your behalf.

You will be charged the annual tuition fee each year when you enrol.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.

You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body. Students from the Republic of Ireland are eligible for a tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

We also offer additional funding – such as our Honours Year Scholarship – for students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. See our funding opportunities section below for more information.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

International students (including EU)

Eligible students will automatically receive a scholarship worth between £8,000-£30,000 over the duration of your course. See our range of generous scholarships for international undergraduate students.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.


Students domiciled in Scotland

All SAAS-eligible students are entitled to a £10,000 bursary each year for Years 1-3 of study, and an additional £7,500 if completing an Honours year. Find out more about paramedic, nursing and midwifery funding from SAAS.

Students domiciled in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

Our Nursing Scholarship provides students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland a £2,000 cash award per year (for Years 1-3 of study) on one of our undergraduate nursing courses. The scholarship can also be combined with our Honours Year Scholarship, which covers the full cost of tuition fees in students’ Honours year of study.

The University also covers the costs of occupational health consultations; criminal record checks; compulsory uniforms; and inoculations for undergraduate nursing students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. These benefits represent a cost saving of around £430.

There’s no need to apply for these awards – eligible students will automatically be identified as part of the admissions process.

International (including EU) students

Eligible international students will automatically receive a scholarship worth between £8,000-£30,000 over the duration of your course. Find funding opportunities for international students.

See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

International (including EU) students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

After you graduate

  • 96% of our graduates were in employment or further study 15 months after graduation (Graduate Outcomes 2020-21, HESA)

This course is the beginning of a career that involves ongoing professional development. Some of our graduates focus on consolidating their learning by working in practice, while others progress to postgraduate studies.

Most of our Mental Health Nursing graduates find roles within the NHS. Others have found employment in other areas of the public sector, as well as with private healthcare providers and the voluntary sector.

Career options may include working in acute units, in the community or in specialist areas such as forensic psychiatry, alcohol or substance misuse or prisons.

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What our students said

Ross Cotter
Ross Cotter
BSc Mental Health Nursing
I enjoy my placements. Nursing has a great opportunity to get “on the job” experience whilst having the support and time off site within the University to reflect on my experiences.
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Flexible study

This course is not available as a combined degree.