BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing


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School of Health Sciences

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Study Options:
Full Time

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Start Date:
Sept 2024

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Course Length:
3 Years

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All Students: £9,250* per annum

*(Annual fees will remain the same price for the duration of your studies) 

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Applications are now open.

About this programme

This programme aims to deliver contemporary, evidence-based nursing education, fostering the development of accountable, safe, and compassionate mental health practitioners. Developed and delivered by expert teaching staff, our BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing programme offers you the opportunity to learn the skills needed to become excellent providers of mental health care and meet the demands of contemporary nursing practice. Mental Health Nursing is a highly skilled, knowledgeable and caring profession. Throughout the programme you will develop critical, analytical and reflective skills that will enable you to make sound judgements and provide safe and effective evidence-based care.
We emphasize the value of collaborative working with service users and mental health care professionals to achieve person-centred care. This programme ensures that students develop a range of critical skills and graduate attributes across various domains within the Mental Health Nursing profession. Students will therefore be able to embark on their professional journey as safe, competent and compassionate mental health nurses.
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The University’s strong relationships with the Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA), Ocean Views Mental Health Facility (OV), Elderly Residential Services (ERS) and other practice partners mean that you will enjoy meaningful and relevant placements throughout the programme.
Possible locations can include:
Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)
Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP)
Dawn Rehabilitation Ward
Horizon Acute Ward
Sky PICU Ward (Psychiatry Intensive Care Unit)
Community Liaison Team
Transgender Service
Housing Outreach Team
Gibraltar Young Minds
St Martin’s School (Child LD)
St Bernadette’s Occupational Therapy Centre (LD)
Dr Giraldi (LD)

Simulation Suite

The University of Gibraltar’s fully-equipped simulation suite provides a safe learning environment in which to carry out practical study. Clinical skills are fundamental to nursing practice, and in order to deliver high quality care to patients, the clinical skills are practiced on full body manikins in our simulation suite.
This provides unprecedented opportunities for students to acquire, develop and maintain the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours needed for safe and effective patient care.


Delivered by expert teaching staff and health care practitioners. The full time BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing is a three year programme where you will spend approximately 50% of your programme in the clinical environment supported by experienced registered nurses and other health care practitioners.
You will learn about Mental Health nursing through lectures, seminars, guided self-study and online work through our Virtual Learning Environment (Canvas). You will also participate in tutorials, workshops, conferences and project work.

Introduction to life sciences

This module is a core requirement for the BSc Nursing students. The content of the module is designed to help students develop their knowledge and understanding of human anatomy and physiology in relation to nursing, which is an essential element of nursing proficiency. Pathophysiology will be explored in relation to common conditions and students will also begin to develop their knowledge of pharmacological concepts in preparation for therapeutic interventions explored in year 2.
The main features of the module are to enable students to apply scientific principles to nursing care. It will also support students to identify and understand current nursing practices underpinned by scientific theory.

Introduction to mental health nursing

This module introduces students to the context of mental health nursing practice across a range of healthcare settings. Students will learn about contemporary healthcare concepts underpinning mental healthcare practice and a range of common mental health conditions. Students will be introduced to The Code (NMC, 2018) to gain knowledge and understanding of its importance in guiding the nurse to deliver safe, effective and compassionate care, which is essential when caring for adults in partnership with families and other healthcare professionals. A range of common disorders within mental health care and basic assessment processes will be explored.

Introduction to public health and health promotion

This module is a core requirement for all students across all fields of the BSc Nursing programme.  As an introductory module it will enable students to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of public health and health promotion. Students will explore the global, social-political-economic and psycho-social forces on the population’s health and well-being. In addition the student will explore the evolution of public health, the determinants of health and health inequalities.

Introduction to professional practice

This module will prepare students for placements and their learning in practice and the assessment process during year one of the programme. It will introduce a range of nursing procedures to enable students to provide skilled, evidence based, person centred compassionate care to people  at any stage of life who may have a range of physical, mental, cognitive or behavioural health conditions.

Medication management and therapeutic approaches in Nursing

This module will prepare students for their role in medicines administration and optimisation in care settings. Students will revisit what they have learnt in the Year 1 Introduction to life sciences module and develop their knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Students will apply this to the assessment of people when collecting data about physical, mental, cognitive and behavioural status. A range of common medications used across the lifespan will be explored, including their usage and indications. Students will learn to recognise the effects of medicines, allergies, drug sensitivities, side effects, contraindications, incompatibilities, adverse reactions, overdose, prescribing errors and the impact of polypharmacy and over the counter medication usage.
The module will also cover the principles of safe and effective administration and optimisation of medicines in accordance with local and national policies, including storage, transportation and disposal. Students will consider their role in supporting people to maintain independence through self-administration of medication in community and primary care. They will also discuss how to work in partnership with people and explore concepts such as concordance.
The module will also explore the various routes of administration and link this to practice of skills in the Simulation Suite. Students will also apply what they have learnt to the medicines management assessment in the Practice Assessment Document (PAD).
The module enables students to apply evidence-based principles to administering and applying therapeutic care and develop an understanding and awareness of safe and effective treatment approaches. Students will learn about partnership working with healthcare professionals, patients, service users and carers for administering treatment, as well as enabling students to identify contemporary nursing practices underpinned by therapeutic procedures.

Assessment and care process in the acutely Ill mental health person

This module enables students to build on anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology knowledge acquired in year one to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to assess and deliver safe and effective mental health care. The module focuses on knowledge and skills necessary to deliver safe and competent mental health practice and recovery focused care. It will focus on assessment and implementing and evaluating a range of evidence-based mental health care interventions within a variety of mental health settings.  It will equip students to recognise people who are acutely ill and who are at risk of deteriorating, by undertaking timely structured assessments, being able interpret clinical data and use situational judgement to escalate findings, prioritise care needs and to plan, deliver and evaluate evidence-based, person-centred care as part of the interdisciplinary team.

Collaborative working for health and well-being in adults with long term mental health conditions

This module develops the students’ knowledge and understanding of long term mental health conditions and the lived experience of adults from a bio-psycho-social perspective. Students will consider the political agenda and the socio- economic issues impacting on the management of mental health long term conditions. This will enable students to consider the role of the community care nurse in promoting self-management, shared decision making and hospital avoidance. It will incorporate professional accountability, social inclusion, partnership and interdisciplinary working, patient involvement in the provision of care, leadership and quality assurance in nursing, all of which are essential elements of mental health nursing proficiency.

Developing professional practice

This module will further develop the skills taught and practised in the introduction to professional practice in year one.  Students will be able to assess, plan and rationalise the nursing care they provide for people in health and social care and community settings. The emphasis will be on holistic person-centred care covering physical, psychological, social and cultural care. It will look at evidence based person centred care being delivered inter- and intra-disciplinary.

Developing evidence based practice using research methods

This module will help students develop their knowledge of evidence-based practice in nursing and also their critical thinking skills. The relevance and application of evidence-based will be explored, together with the evidence-based practice frameworks and hierarchies of evidence in care practices. The module will build on knowledge of the research process and provide further depth on research methodologies. A range of quantitative, qualitative and mix methods approaches will be explored using relevant research studies. The critical thinking frameworks for analysing the quality and reliability of published research, identifying methodological strengths and weaknesses will be explored, together with the key literacy skills, such as constructing a coherent argument will be developed. Ethical considerations during research will be explored, including the involvement of service users and carers. The use of evidence-based practice in safety and quality improvement will also be introduced and students will explore a range of regularly employed improvement methodologies, such as audit. The module will help the students understand that any care and treatment given to people is research based and has shown to be the most effective.

The safe and effective co-ordinating of the care for adults with complex health care needs

This module will provide the nursing student with the underpinning knowledge and skills required for their future leadership role in coordinating and managing the complex nursing and integrated care needs of people at any stage of their lives, across a range of organisations and settings.
The module will also provide the nursing student with the theoretical knowledge and skills required for their future role as a qualified nurse when contributing to risk monitoring, quality care provision and optimised service improvements. The student will learn to manage and prioritise clinical actions, participate in clinical audit activities for quality and service improvements and learn to avoid compromising quality care using evidence-based knowledge and experience from practice. Regulations essential for maintaining safety at work and in different care environments will be covered.
The student will build on their knowledge of partnership and collaborative working and complexities of physical care through resource management, finances and patient involvement, all of which are essential elements of nursing proficiency.

Leadership for practice

Navigating the transition from student to a professional practitioner who is skilled at leading teams is critically important to the delivery of safe, effective and high quality health care. This module is designed to prepare the student for professional nursing practice by expanding their knowledge and skills to enable them to be an accountable and compassionate leader within the health and social care system. It focuses on leadership, team working, and performance management and enables adult nursing students to reflect on their transition to registered practice and build the evidence base for a career development portfolio. Some sessions will be shared across fields as they are core for all fields.
The module examines what is required to be an accountable professional within the healthcare system, policies, organisational structures and role, professional hierarchies, and ethics and values. Theories of leadership and group dynamics and evidence of the emergence of conflict and stress are examined and applied to practice. Communication, feedback and performance management are examined in detail and the module considers both formal and informal approaches to supporting other healthcare workers. The transition toward professional registration and employment prepares adult nursing students for their future careers by encouraging them to reflect on their personal qualities and experiences.

Advancing professional practice

This module advances the skills taught and practiced in years one and two in order to prepare students for their transition to registered nurse. The module focuses on the assessment and management of patients with complex health care needs, working in partnership with other health care professionals. Students will integrate their clinical and communication skills with evidence based knowledge to become clinically proficient and confident nurses. It is a generic module where all fields of nursing learn with and from each other.

QAA Global Accreditation

The University is delighted to have achieved global accreditation from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the UK’s independent quality body and a global leader in quality assurance for higher education. All our degrees are globally recognised.

“In achieving QAA’s global accreditation, the University has displayed its compatibility with international best practice.”

Vicki Scott, UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Chief Executive.

Access to Healthcare

Individuals who do not meet our entry requirements can apply to the Access to Healthcare course.
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Home £9,250*
International and EU £12,500* (For 2024, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees)


Note: the above fees are for the Academic year 2024/25 and are subject to indexation.


The University of Gibraltar hosts or directly offers a limited number of scholarship programmes to support your studies. These scholarships are highly competitive; they are available to support undergraduate, Master’s degree and PhD programmes and are made available to students based on certain criteria.

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Entry Requirements

Typically, all applicants will have one of the following:

  • BBC at ‘A level’ (equivalent to 112 UCAS points), science or health related subject preferred or international equivalent.
  • Science or health-based Access to HE course: Full Access Diploma with 45 level 3 credits and 15 level 2 credits of which 21 of the level 3 credits should be at Distinction and 18 at Merit.
  • Access to Healthcare – University of Gibraltar with average of 60% and above.
  • Other Level 3 qualification equivalent

In addition, applicants should have:

  • 5 GCSE’s A*– C (grade 4 or above post 2017) including English Language and Mathematics (Science also preferred) (or international equivalent).
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to communicate your ideas effectively in discussions, presentations and writing.
  • Basic IT skills, such as word-processing, email and Internet.
  • Wherever possible candidates are encouraged to gain practical work experience in a care setting prior to undertaking the programme.


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Student Accommodation

Accommodation for University of Gibraltar students is available at the purpose built Europa Suites, located just a two-minute walk from our Europa Point Campus.

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