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You can train to be a fully qualified mental health nurse in two years if you have already completed an honours degree, preferably in a health-related subject. After completing the course, you are able to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified nurse.

Practice-based learning is central to your development and you spend 45 weeks of your course on placement. You gain experience in a diverse range of practice settings in mental health nursing, such as caring for acutely ill patients in their own homes and a range of other settings.

Placements are across South Yorkshire and the Humber, in some of the UK’s leading healthcare providers. On your placements, you are assigned a qualified and experienced nurse as a mentor. They support you and make sure you are comfortable in your surroundings, so you make the most of the experience.

You care for people with mental health problems, helping them to live their lives as normally as possible. Work may be based in people's homes, residential units and health centres.

You also gain insight in to other fields of nursing during the course.

We provide modern facilities to help you develop clinical skills and specialist knowledge for your career. You study in our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building on our Collegiate Crescent Campus, in clinical suites that include a mock ward and operating theatre, replicate the hospital and community settings in which you learn and work. This makes it easier to take what you’ve learnt in the University out into the real world with confidence.

After you graduate from this course, you'll have the clinical nursing knowledge and the interpersonal and management skills, vital for effective patient care.

Professional recognition

This course is subject to approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Graduates are eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in order to practise in the UK.

Course structure

The course is organised around periods of study within the University and practice placements. which are arranged by the university. You are also offered the opportunity of planning your own elective placement in the UK or abroad.


Stage 1

  • fundamentals of public health: science and practice
  • essentials of nursing: science
  • practice and relationship centred care

Stage 2

  • integrating the science and practice of nursing
  • developing relationship centred care: science and practice
  • application of the science and practice of public health
  • developing collaborative practice

Stage 3

  • consolidating and leading the science and practice of relationship centred care
  • managing public health: science and practice
  • researching for practice
  • dissertation study


Placements introduce you to the fundamental skills in nursing in your chosen specialism of adult, mental health, or child nursing.


  • examination
  • project work
  • coursework
  • case studies
  • presentations
  • assessment of nursing practice in the placement area


Nursing careers offer excellent benefits with an attractive starting salary and real career prospects. Few professions offer such job satisfaction and at the same time make a difference to people's lives.

As a nurse you may remain directly involved with patient care in settings including • health centres • GP surgeries • the armed forces • prisons • the community. This can lead to you becoming a nurse specialist or consultant and an expert in your chosen area. Once you are an experienced nurse you may decide to specialise in a clinical area or concentrate on teaching or research.

Further information is available on the NHS careers website

Visit the Nursing (Mental Health) MSc page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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