Mental Health Nursing

University of Dundee


City Campus, Kirkcaldy Campus


The care of people who suffer from a range of mental health problems, such as anxiety and depressive illness or schizophrenia, is moving away from treatment in a hospital setting to clients being cared for in the community. This means that as a mental health nurse you will look after people in their own homes in a visiting capacity or within day units, and acute hospital settings.

This programme provides you with the ability to effectively assess, manage and treat those clients and their carers within a multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and other professionals allied to medicine.

The practice placements you will experience include general medical and surgical areas, residential care homes for the elderly, nursing homes and long stay in-patient psychiatric placements plus a variety of community placements.

You will also be offered an elective placement in your third year in which you can choose a speciality area such as the treatment of children / adolescents who have emotional / psychological difficulties, people with alcohol / drug problems or within a prison working with mentally ill offenders. If you wish to venture further afield there are opportunities to experience your elective placement abroad.

Your programme will be student centred, adult oriented and will occur within a multi-professional environment. This means that you may share your learning with other students who are studying for allied professions such as medicine or social work. This shared learning will broaden your horizons in education generally as well as professionally.

Entry Requirements

2024 entry requirements:
2 Advanced Highers at BB plus 4 Highers at BBBB plus English and Maths at National 5.

Satisfactory references, interview performance, health screening and criminal record check are part of selection process.

Progression Routes

On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to register on Part 13 of the UKCC professional register.

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

3 years


School of Health Sciences


Nursing and Health Sciences

SCQF Level


Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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