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Nursing: Mental Health Nursing (BNurs)

Mental health problems are thought to affect as many as one in three people.

Mental Health Nursing (3 years) [BNurs] overview Overview

Year of entry: 2016show 2017

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Why is this course for me?

  • We are among the top ten universities in the world for the study of nursing (QS World University Rankings 2016).
  • Student-focused: each week of the course integrates theory and practice to facilitate student support and consolidation of knowledge.
  • Outstanding curriculum: we utilise a range of innovative teaching and learning methods.
  • Comprehensive support: we offer outstanding support for academic studies, placements or personal situations.
  • Clinical specialities: some of your clinical placements will be with specialist trusts.
  • Greater opportunities: as a graduate, you'll have a choice of practising as a nurse, going into a specialist or leadership role, undertaking further study, taking up research opportunities or teaching.
  • Research: in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), we were rated first in the UK for our research in the category of Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy.
UCAS course code
UCAS institution code
Degree awarded
BNurs (Mental Health Nursing)
3 years
Number of places/applicants
Typical A level offer
We require grades BCC, including at least one science: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Applied Science) GCSE requirement must include English Language and Maths at a minimum of Grade C or above with the overall GCSE profile being at least 5 GCSEs Grade C or above. We no longer accept equivalents to GCSE for English and Maths.

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer
We require 30 points overall including at least one science or science related subject (Biology, Chemistry or Psychology) and 3 subjects at higher level each with the grade of 5. GCSE requirement must include English Language and Maths at a minimum of Grade C or above with the overall GCSE profile being at least 5 GCSEs Grade B or above in different subjects.

Full entry requirements

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Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 306 7603
How to apply

“I thought that I would struggle with the course focusing on anatomy and physiology in the first year. However, the support I received from my Enquiry Based Learning seminars helped me to understand what was taught in the lectures. The seminars used cases and, as a small group, we would go through them using what we had learned in the lectures. My seminar lead was really approachable and would always answer any questions and take the time to explain something.”

Lauren Goodwin / Student

“The BNurs programme is different to others. You learn a lot from the lecturers and the staff you meet on placement. I think the placements are special because you get to see how nurses live out their daily life and take care of people. You get to meet so many great clients and get the opportunity to work with them, which has been awesome.”

Aliza Raja / Student

Course description

You will study the theoretical basis of nursing practice plus behavioural, social and biological sciences applied to health. Emphasis is placed on the importance of competence in clinical nursing practice combined with in-depth knowledge and evidence-based decision making skills

Clinical practice placements

The development and assessment of nursing competencies in clinical practice is a key feature and requirement of the course. You will learn what it is like to work within the modern NHS, developing clinical knowledge, skills and confidence as a key member of the professional healthcare team.

We maintain excellent working relationships with local NHS Trusts in Greater Manchester and the wider North West; you will undertake a range of practice placements in both community and hospital settings. Clinical staff based within practice placements and academic staff from our School are available to support you with your studies whilst on placement, and to assist and guide you, should any difficulties arise.

50% of the course is undertaken in clinical practice and you will be required to follow shift patterns in clinical placement areas where you are working. This will include early shifts starting from 7.00am and late shifts, sometimes finishing at 9.30pm. Clinical placements will usually be within the Greater Manchester regions but on occasion may be further afield. You will be expected to travel to your placement to work a normal shift pattern. We advise that you set up childcare arrangements close to your home to enable flexibility of travel to different clinical placements.

You will also be required to work some weekends and some night duty during the 3 years. Annual leave entitlement is set in advance by the University and is non-negotiable. However, it does include time off over Christmas, New Year and Easter.

During clinical placements, you are supervised by qualified health professionals and are allocated a named mentor. Their role is to support you in practice-based learning and to assess your developing knowledge and skills against required competencies. In order to gain sufficient time in practice, the course is 39 weeks per year and extends beyond the normal university semesters.

This well-established course has a national and international reputation for excellence, and has produced many of the country's leading nurse practitioners, researchers, academics and policy-makers and will prepare you to practise effectively in a variety of professional settings.

To try to minimise the amount of travelling to practice placements, you will be allocated a placement zones. Our placement zones can be viewed on our map .

Open days

We welcome you to visit and get a feel for what it's like to study nursing at Manchester. Come and visit us on one of the University's open days.


Fees for entry in 2016 will be paid in full by the NHS for home/EU students. The course is not open to international students. For general information please see the undergraduate student finance pages.


As a contribution to living, travel and childcare/carer costs, UK students starting on NHS funded courses after 1 September 2012 can apply annually for an NHS Student Bursary

UK students may also apply for a student loan. Loans are normally reduced for nursing students as they have had their fees paid by the NHS.

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