Nursing (Mental Health)

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024

Course length

Full time: 3 years (or post-qualification: 15 – 24 months with individual credits)

Part time: 8 years maximum (limited part-time places available)


Headington (Marston Road site)


Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery


Our Nursing (Mental Health) degree enables you to care for people with diverse mental health needs. You’ll work with people with many differing mental health care needs, their families and carers.

We empower you to use your own clinical and professional judgement. You will:

  • Gain the skills for evidence-based practice
  • Develop a problem-solving approach to clinical practice.

You’ll gain a wide variety of experience in mental health care, with opportunities throughout Oxfordshire and specialist placements available in the surrounding counties.

With this course you will gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for professional responsibility, graduating as a professional practitioner.

In line with the new Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Future Nurse Standards (2018), our Mental Health Nursing curriculum has recently been re-developed. At our recent approval event (March 2020) we were commended by the NMC for our excellent partnership working with placement organisations and for the inclusion of a strong public health theme throughout the curriculum.

Specific entry requirements

A Level: Including one A Level or a comparable Level 3 qualification in a science subject (e.g. Physical Education, Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology).

GCSE: Grade 4 (C) in English, Maths and Science. For English and Maths, Level 2 Functional Skills are accepted as alternatives to GCSEs.

Relevant experience (e.g. in a hospital) or a suitable indication of your interest in, and understanding of, the relevant healthcare profession.

For post-experience BSc:

– NMC registration parts 1, 5, 8, 12, 14 or 15.
– A secondment to the course may be possible for adult, learning disability and children’s nurses working for the local NHS Trusts or the armed forces.
– Applicants need to have been working in an NHS clinical area that gives them experience of clients with mental health needs for at least six months before enrolling on the course.