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Nursing: Mental Health (PGDip)

Postgraduate Diploma
Typical Offer
2:2 degree View full entry requirements
2 years
Course Type
Next course starts
January 2022

About this course

Develop the skills to become a partner in healthcare for people across society. On this graduate entry PGDip Mental Health Nursing you’ll learn to make complex decisions, evaluate practice, co-ordinate care and advocate for your patients' needs.

This postgraduate diploma in nursing is designed for graduates and career changers who want to make a tangible difference to health outcomes. Gain advanced clinical skills and work collaboratively with multidisciplinary specialists.

The course is also ideal if you’re already a qualified nurse and want a second field of registration. You'll join a community with a consistent global ranking for nursing and midwifery: 5th in the world and 2nd among UK universities (QS World Rankings by Subject 2020/21).

The diploma combines campus based learning with 2,300 hours of practice learning. Practice learning takes the form of multiple placements in a range of acute and community care settings.

You’ll gain essential practical experience and expert competencies during the placements to help you develop into the role of a nursing professional.

Theoretical modules cover:

  • professional nursing practice
  • fundamental aspects of care
  • global and public health
  • person centred nursing care
  • managing acute changes in health status
  • coordinating long-term care
  • influencing innovation and change

Developing critical thinking, reasoning and analytical skills are a big focus of your studies. You'll improve your leadership skills so that you can supervise, delegate and challenge practice in the future.

When you complete the diploma you’ll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health). You must apply to register with the NMC within 5 years of completing your course.

After you've successfully completed the course you'll be able to ‘top up’ to a full MSc later on by completing a dissertation module.

Course lead

Dr Eloise Monger is a lecturer in critical care nursing. Her research focuses on the use of technology in health care, particularly the analysis of video, annotation tools and smart applications. In recent projects she’s worked closely with the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence to improve resuscitation techniques. Visit Dr Monger's profile page to learn more about her work.


This course is accredited by:

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Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
“It was amazing to work alongside some incredible nurses and mentors. Placement actually helped me understand exactly what mental health nursing is, with all its rewards and challenges.”
Noela Chitu, 2019 graduate

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.