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What will I learn?


Poverty, austerity and the pressures of modern-day living are making mental health issues ever more visible in the UK today. Indeed, one in four people will experience a mental health problem. Through your skills in compassion, communication and problem solving, you can make a real difference to the many lives affected by this growing concern.

Why study PG Dip Nursing (Mental Health) at Middlesex University?

Our two-year course is open to graduates in any subject who are seeking a career as a mental health nurse. Our intake is extremely diverse and we welcome people from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions. Life experience is one of the most significant contributing factors to becoming an effective mental health nurse. We are seeking students who can demonstrate a passion for helping others, demonstrate empathy and care coupled with the ability to collaborate within multi-disciplinary teams and advocate on behalf of clients and their families/carers in a highly sensitive area of healthcare.

In addition to developing your core nursing skills, the course will build your knowledge of professional and ethical practice. Developed in close consultation with our trust partners (both acute and primary care), service users and students, this innovative diploma consists of 50% theory and 50% practice.

We have established relationships with leading mental health trusts and your placements will enable you to put your learning into practice. Many students gain future employment with one of their placement hosts.

On successful completion of this course you will gain registration with the NMC

  • We are proud of our diverse, and supportive lecturing team and a longstanding commitment to service user empowerment and recover with experience of developing national and international programmes.
  • We have range of research centres which inform our teaching who welcome student input, including Drug and Alcohol (DARC), the research centre for Transcultural Studies and the centre for Coproduction.
  • We have award winning high-fidelity simulation centres which will help you connect theory and practice
  • We use a range of assessment to ensure that your knowledge, skills and prior experience are recognised across a range of areas.


How can the PGDip Nursing (Mental Health) (Pre-registration programme) support your career?

On successful completion of the course, students are eligible to enter the professional register for nursing. You will receive career guidance from a professional development tutor and take part in a workshop to discuss jobs opportunities within the various trusts. With many well-paid nursing jobs in both the NHS and private sector, you might also find employment in teaching, research or educational outreach.

Opportunities in the mental health sector offer great variety. Nurses are required in settings such as prisons, hospitals, GP surgeries, charities, the armed forces and the community. You can work with people of all ages – from children and adolescents right up the elderly, for whom you might oversee the pioneering techniques emerging in dementia care.

Employment prospects in the nursing field are excellent. Career progression may involve moving into a management position, consultancy work or developing a specialism in an area such as substance misuse. Furthermore, there is the potential for you to transfer your skills and experience overseas, with posts in both paid and voluntary capacities.

Which department am I in?

Mental Health and Social Work and Interprofessional Learning

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£14,000.00 (14,42,655) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

October 2021, September 2022


Middlesex University

Hendon Campus,

The Burroughs,


NW4 4BT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have Bachelors degree from an accredited university or college with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher.

For international students

Students will be considered on an individual basis but we normally require a second class honours degree 2:2 or above in health related subjects such as health studies, biology, psychology, sociology. Graduates from other disciplines can also be considered. Students degree should have been completed within the last five years. In according with the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), they will also need GCSE maths and English at Grade C or above (or equivalent). Students need to have an IELTS score of 7.0 (with minimum 7.0 in all four components).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.