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Mental health issues can strike anyone of any age, from any background. We’ll teach you the skills you need to meet this challenge and help patients improve their lives.

Our PGDip Nursing Studies (Mental Health Nursing) will extend your existing knowledge into the field of mental health. You’ll benefit from the support and inspiration of our expert staff, who have many years of hands-on practical experience.

What you will study

This course will make you an efficient, proactive practitioner equipped with the knowledge and awareness required to work in the field of mental health. Studying our course also offers you the chance to register as a professional mental health nurse while you achieve your postgraduate qualification. 

You’ll benefit from our School of Health Sciences’ excellent research and tuition, and your clinical decision-making and leadership skills will be greatly developed throughout the course. During your time with us, you will also be introduced to how the different things which go into care, such as psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal factors, affect how practice is carried out.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to meet the needs of patients and their families.

Professional recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a qualified nurse (mental health).

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Teaching staff

Our School of Health Sciences is internationally recognised for its expertise in areas such as cancer, dementia, ethics and compassionate practice. Studying as a postgraduate student with us means you will be taught by lecturers that are active researchers who will inspire with their wealth of knowledge in their areas of expertise.

Who is this programme for?

If you have an undergraduate or higher degree in a relevant subject and or experience of working in a healthcare environment, then this course could be for you. 

To study this course, you will need to demonstrate that you have worked for a minimum of 700 hours within a paid healthcare role. This experience must be gained within a year of starting the course. Crucially, you must also have a passion for nursing and the drive to complete the course within two years.


Visit the Nursing Studies: Mental Health Nursing (PGDip) page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

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