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Mental Health Nursing

Bangor University
2 years
Full time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Program description

Mental Health Nursing

The PGDip in Mental Health Nursing leads to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and offers graduates a funded route over two-years into mental health nursing whilst simultaneously obtaining a postgraduate qualification. This postgraduate qualification is aimed at graduates who wish to develop and apply the knowledge gained through their undergraduate degree and relevant life experiences to pursue a career in mental health nursing. The aim of this course is to prepare a registered nurse who is able to offer excellent and compassionate care, enhanced leadership, management and strong inter-professional and research skills that influence practice and initiate change.

Our exceptional teaching provision based upon contemporary research, (a key focus of the schools highly ranked research activity), is grounded in modern mental health practice. The Mental Health Nursing PGDip will equip graduates to develop and thrive in rapidly changing environments, taking into account how early trauma and adversity, culture, socioeconomic influences, stigma and other factors can impact resilience, function, health status and mental health outcomes. The program will equip students with engagement and assessment skills necessary for planning and delivery of compassionate high-quality care and manage complex practice across the lifespan.

PGDip Students will graduate from this program as creative and skilled mental health nurses in a position to apply to part one of the NMC register. If they complete the additional dissertation module they will also be awarded an MSci. The successful graduate will have the necessary values, knowledge and skills to practice to the highest standards of safe, compassionate care in mental health services.

Please note: this course is not open to international students.

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Admission requirements

To apply for the Post Graduate Diploma Mental Health Nursing an applicant would normally have achieved a 2.2 honours degree in a health / life or social science related subject, within the last 5 years, and be able to demonstrate undertaken 700 hours of healthcare related experience which can be mapped to the NMC progression point one core competencies.

In addition to the attainment of a suitable degree, the NMC require that all applicants must demonstrate evidence of communication and numeracy, and these must be demonstrated normally via GCSE at C or above in English or Welsh 1st language and Mathematics.

As this is a funded program by the Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) international students will not be able to apply for this program of study.

The NMC also require that evidence of ‘Good Health and Good Character’ be obtained, and in addition to the supportive reference to the application, the School has adopted the All Wales Good Character reference. Good Character is further assessed by way of a Full/Enhanced DBS report, and these are risk assessed by the partnership in accordance with the School’s policy. Good Health is assessed by the local Health Board’s Health at Work Unit, and students are monitored throughout the program and supported where required.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1

  • Engagement and assessment in mental health
  • Legal & Ethical Concepts
  • Planning and delivering humanised care in mental health
  • Physiology & Pathophysiology
  • Nursing Practice 1 PGD

Year 2

  • Managing risk and complexity in mental health
  • Lead, Innovate and Implement
  • Clinical Decision Making & Evidence Based Practice
  • Nursing Practice 2 PGD

An addition dissertation module enables the student to obtain a full MSci, 4mths F/T 1yr P/T.

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

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Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a PGDip.

Continuing studies

Career pathways and progression frequently facilitate opportunity to undertake further study to complete a full Master’s degree or /and Doctoral Study level.

Career opportunities

Students successfully completing the Msc PG Mental Health nursing are able to register their professional status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and seek employment as a registered nurse.

Those completing the Post Graduate Diploma and who are able to register with the NMC will be required to work in Wales for a minimum period of two years in accordance with the guidance provided by Welsh Government.

Employability rates are high in comparison to other graduates, given the professional competence and qualification in association with a degree. Career opportunities once employed as registered nurse are excellent and can lead to promotion opportunities in clinical practice/specialism, research or education.

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Bangor University

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Gold rated teaching

Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

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The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions). This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Wide range of courses

We offer hundreds of courses across the arts and the sciences. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and our courses and lecturers have been rated in the top 10 in the country.

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Work experience and placements

We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which includes supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.

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Bangor University

Bangor University
LL57 2DG Bangor Gwynedd
United Kingdom

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