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 patient 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 respect the intrinsic value of people and their individuality. This philosophy is firmly held by all members of the course team.
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.
BSc Honours Nursing students follow the same programme structure as the BSc Nursing for the first two and a half years of their programme. 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 their NMC-required final placement, achieving registration and their Honours degree at the end of Year 4.
Top reasons to study with us
#1 We’re the highest ranked provider of Mental Health Nursing in Scotland, (The Complete University Guide, 2016).
#2 The University of Stirling has won Student Nursing Times Awards in 2012, 2013, 2015. 2016, 2017 and 2018.
#3 Our curriculum is informed by ground-breaking research: we’re 1st in Scotland for Health Sciences (REF2014).
The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Prizes or awards
Students can be nominated for The Student Nursing Times Awards. These are the only awards to 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 and 2018.
Stirling final-year student Robert Murray picked up the award for Student Nurse of the Year: Mental Health in 2016
Our BSC course is a three-year course while this BSc (Hons) course is a four-year option.
You will study alongside Adult Nursing students to gain an understanding of how health and social care professionals work together to bring about the best in patient-centred care.
Each year 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 of mental health nursing such as therapeutic skills, recovery and leadership skills.
Through our partnerships with a diverse range of health and social care organisations, students will have the opportunity to put their theory into practice. Students may work both day and night shifts to coincide with the patterns of the area and their allocated practice mentor. You’ll also have the choice of undertaking a national or international placement.
As a student, you’re encouraged to demonstrate a growing appreciation of life sciences, health and wellbeing, social and behavioural sciences, values, law, ethics nursing care and compassion, communication and quality improvement. These themes are coupled with evidence-informed clinical skills as the basis of our course.
Our course will develop your critical and reflective thinking and in doing so improve your self-awareness, self-confidence and personal resilience.
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.
Our overarching programme objective reflect the NMC Standards for Pre‐registration Nursing Education (NMC, 2010). They aim to ensure our graduate nurses are able to:
- Deliver high-quality essential care to all
- Deliver complex care to service users across their field of practice
- Act to safeguard the public, and be responsible and accountable for safe, person‐centred, evidence‐based nursing practice
- Act with professionalism and integrity, and work within agreed professional, ethical and legal frameworks and processes to maintain and improve standards
- Practise in a compassionate, respectful way, maintaining dignity and wellbeing and communicating effectively
- Act on their understanding of how people’s lifestyles, environments and the location of care delivery influence their health and wellbeing
- Seek out every opportunity to promote health and prevent illness
- Work in partnership with other health and social care professionals and agencies, service users, carers and families ensuring that decisions about care are shared
- Use leadership skills to supervise and manage others and contribute to planning, designing, delivering and improving future services
You’ll be introduced to the mental health and well-being continuum. This uses the NHS Education for Scotland learning materials Ten Essential Shared Capabilities, 2012.
Our research-led teach ensures Mental Health Nurses continually incorporate new research findings into their practice.
Student Recruitment and Admissions
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Fees - 2020/21
2020/21 annual fees
Students domiciled in Scotland/EUFees are paid by the Scottish Government Health Directorate (SGHD)
Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland£9,250*
Students domiciled overseas (non-EU)£15,600
About the School
At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA – providing education with a purpose and carrying out research that helps to shape society.