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Mental Health Nursing  Postgrad Diploma

Overview

Find out more funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website.

This Postgraduate Diploma prepares you for a rewarding career in mental health nursing. As a mental health nurse you can make a real difference to the lives of people of all ages who experience mental health problems.

Mental health nursing focuses on the provision of holistic care that enables people with mental health problems to be physically safe and emotionally secure. The course concentrates on helping people to make positive changes to their lives and supporting them on their journey of recovery.

Who is the course for?

Our graduate-entry courses allow graduates with a first degree from disciplines other than healthcare to gain a pre-registration health qualification in approximately two years as opposed to the usual three - providing a fast-track route into health.

Is this course right for you?

The Postgraduate Diploma is designed for students who are committed to mental health nursing as a career. You will need to have:

  • Excellent people skills.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Dedication and a commitment to the essence of mental health care.
  • Confidence to work in a challenging and stressful environment.
  • To be able to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Desire to combat the stigma associated with mental health issues.

Why study Mental Health Nursing at City University London?

  • Broaden your knowledge through a range of clinical placements which take place mainly within the East London NHS Foundation Trust covering the diverse communities in that area.
  • Learn via our flexible and innovative virtual learning environments and clinical skills platforms - ensuring you are prepared for a hospital environment.
  • Fast track into a career in mental health nursing by completing the pre-registration qualification in two years.
  • Gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and entry to a respected profession.
  • Tuition fees paid by the NHS - a bursary from the NHS can also be made available to eligible students.

Johanna El-Tohami is studying the Mental Health Nursing Postgraduate Diploma At City University London. Here she talks about her background and what inspired her to start the course, as well as her experiences and placements so far:

The RCN Mental Health Nursing Forum has produced a video on Mental Health Nursing, showing the importance of mental health nurses and the often invisible but vital skills they bring to the care and treatment of services users.

Download tuition fees and bursary information for NHS funded courses


15 credit research module - Home - £1000. Overseas - £2000.
30 credit research module - Home - £2000. Overseas - £4000.
Dissertation Module - Home - £2000. Overseas - £4000.

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Conversion to MSc

Students who have successfully completed their Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing at City University London should consider “topping up” their degree to a masters degree.

Entry points are in September and January of each year.

For further information on the MSc conversion please visit the Careers/ Further Study section, or contact Alison Coutts (A.M.Coutts@city.ac.uk)

To apply please contact pghealth@city.ac.uk

Entry Requirements:

Applications are welcomed from a wide range of disciplines with a first or second class honours degree, applicants must show an awareness of health or health-related care issues.

Applicants must demonstrate competency in spoken and written English and numeracy through GCSE Maths and English at A*-C.

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS.
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Start Date:

The course starts in September 2016.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applications are welcomed from a wide range of disciplines with a first or second class honours degree, applicants must show an awareness of health or health-related care issues.

Applicants must demonstrate competency in spoken and written English and numeracy through GCSE Maths and English at A*-C.

We also take into account previous work experience.

You will be required to have occupational health and enhanced Criminal records checks. References may be requested. Successful completion of Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) is required.

Due to the high demand for places on NHS funded courses, as well as meeting the stated academic entry requirements, applicants will be required to attend a selection day held at City University London. You will be asked to complete the NHS Constitution Assessment, which is used to demonstrate that your values match those of the NHS Constitution. For further information and example tests, please visit our Selection Day page.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:

IELTS: 7.0 overall; with at least 7.0 in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections
GCSE: English language grade C

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
The course starts in September 2016.
Duration:
Full-time: two year course or two years and 14 weeks depending upon previous clinical experience. You are required to apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL) to reduce the course length. The course is a fast-track route for graduates through the standard three year BSc Nursing course.

Course Content

During the Mental Health Nursing diploma course you will combine theoretical study with clinical experience. At City you will gain experience of care delivery across a range of settings and environments in East London. You will have a unique opportunity to learn how to provide culturally sensitive care within a diverse world city.

This postgraduate degree is delivered by experts who are leaders in the field of mental health nursing practice, education and research.

You will have the option to upgrade your Postgraduate Diploma to an MSc during the final year by undertaking additional part-time modules.

Course Structure

Your learning will draw on areas including nursing, psychology, sociology and biology in order for you to develop your communication and evidence based clinical skills.

Our curriculum focuses on relationship centred care and will support you to develop effective working relationships with patients, service users, families and professional colleagues.

Teaching and Assessment

The teaching on the Mental Health Nursing diploma course includes lecture sessions, workshops, small group activities and discussions and whole class discussion.

We are also using an innovative method of group work to support students and help them to develop the ability to understand and process the emotional impact of working in mental health.

Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of the Postgraduate Diploma, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. The practice element is assessed by the development of a record of achievement in practice and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. Modules are also assessed through essays or seminars.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £Tuition fees are paid by the NHS.

Download tuition fees and bursary information for NHS funded courses

Find out more funding information for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England from the official Council of Deans of Health website.

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Conversion to MSc

The conversion fee for 2016-17 is £2,000 for Home/EU students and £4,000 for overseas students. Please note that fees are subject to change on an annual basis.

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Scholarships

The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January:

Bursaries

You may also be eligible to apply for a means-tested NHS bursary. Please visit the NHS Bursary page of our website, or the NHS Student Bursaries website for details.

Placements

Around 50 per cent of course time is spent on clinical placement. Placements mainly take place within the East London NHS Foundation Trust covering the diverse communities of Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. Placements can take place within different care environments. These include acute care wards for users that present with acute mental illness, services for the care of older persons within the community and secure settings and specialist services, such as child and adolescent mental health services.

The clinical experience supports students to explore the service user's journey and their recovery from mental illness.

Clinical placements and Communities of Practice

Clinical placements are a vital factor in promoting understanding and development of professional skills. They help you become fit for practice, fit for purpose and fit for award by the time you complete your programme. Each placement provides you with educational opportunities to develop your professional skills.

Placements are undertaken within Communities of Practice. A Community of Practice is a group of healthcare practitioners, who share specific professional interests such as midwifery, mental health nursing, children's nursing, primary care and public health care or adult nursing.

Career Prospects

nullSuccessful Nursing diploma graduates will have an internationally recognised qualification and will be registered by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The Postgraduate Diploma Mental Health Nursing will accelerate your career progression and open up a variety of fascinating career opportunities.

Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Conversion to MSc

Students who have successfully completed their Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing at City University London should consider “topping up” their degree to a masters degree; MSc in Nursing. Students who have successfully graduated from the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing at City University London can convert to an MSc within 3 years of completion (this usually means starting the conversion within 2 years of finishing the Postgraduate Diploma). Once students have graduated they can enrol for the conversion in either September or January.

Entry to this programme is not automatic, and places are limited. Students whose PG Dip were awarded with a distinction or merit will be at an advantage.

In order to be awarded a MSc, students are required to complete a dissertation, which is a major piece of research. In order to facilitate this students are advised to undertake a taught module in research methods (15 credit and 30 credit versions available), if not completed before, which can be taken immediately prior to commencing the dissertation.  Students undertaking the research module are eligible to a 50% discount on the module fee. If you are a PG Diploma Nursing graduate from before September 2012 then you must take and pass a 15 credit research module before you can register for the dissertation. You will be eligible for a 50% discount on this module.

For your dissertation you may choose different formats for your research, the options will be explained to you during two half-study days. You will also have one or two supervisors to help you in developing your work. The submission takes one of two forms, either a small scale piece of research, written up in the style of a journal article (this doesn't have to be submitted or published for the award of an MSc), or a 15,000 word dissertation. Most students do the conversion on a part-time basis (half to one day per week). The MSc conversion takes 12 months. Students will need to complete their project within this timescale.

Entry points are in September and January of each year.

The fee for the dissertation for 2016-17 is £2000
The fee for the 15 credit research module is £1000
The fee for the 30 credit research module is £2000

For further information on the MSc conversion please contact Alison Coutts (A.M.Coutts@city.ac.uk).

To apply please contact pghealth@city.ac.uk.

About the School and Department

School of Health Sciences


Applications must be made through UCAS.

Please note that for operational reasons applications should be made through the undergraduate section of UCAS and not UKPASS using the course code listed below. When submitting an application please ensure you list all your educational qualifications including those achieved at GCSE (or overseas equivalent) as these form part of the entry criteria.

UCAS codes

Institution code: C60

3112 - Postgraduate Diploma in Mental health nursing

Enquiries

For enquiries about the admissions process, please contact our admissions team:

T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000
E: health@city.ac.uk