Postgraduate Diploma On Campus

Nursing Mental Health

University of Southampton

24 months
9250 GBP/year
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Develop the skills to become a partner in healthcare for people across society. At the Nursing Mental Health Postgrad. Dip. course offered by the University of Southampton you’ll learn to make complex decisions, evaluate practice, co-ordinate care and advocate for your patients' needs.


Course Details

This Nursing Mental Health Postgrad. Dip. course offered by the University of Southampton 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: 9th in the world and 3rd among UK universities (QS World Rankings by Subject 2021).

You'll carry out a mix of theoretical learning and practice hours which meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements for registration as a nurse. 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 NMC as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health). You must apply to register 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 by completing a dissertation module.

Career Opportunities

  • You’ll be actively supported to identify where you may wish to work for your first post as a registered nurse.
  • We have a dedicated School Lead for Employability. As well as timetabled careers activities, we’ll invite you to attend the School's annual Health Sciences Careers Fair. You’ll meet potential employers and gain invaluable early careers advice about your options.
  • As a mental health nursing graduate from the University of Southampton, you’ll have the ideal platform to move into more senior positions. For example consultant nurse, leading a team or working in advanced clinical practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Nursing Practice
  • Acute Care Needs
  • Practice Experience
  • Leading Complex Care
  • Behaviour that Challenges
  • Long Term Conditions and Partnership Care
  • Transition to Registrant

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • This course is not normally available to other EU and international students.


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You’ll need a 2.2 degree as well as GCSE English language, mathematics and science, grades 4 to 9 or A* to C.

Tuition Fee

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  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • Channel Island, Isle of Man and Irish students will be charged the same tuition fee as UK students

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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