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Mental Health Nursing (Professional Practice) (Top-up) BSc Honours

Our mental health nursing top-up degree will increase your potential career options by qualifying you for band five requirements. You'll study with experienced staff at brand-new facilities
January 2024
18 months (over 3 terms)
£63 per taught credit (UK)*
Course leader
Lawrence Dadzie

Employers increasingly require mental health nurses from band five upwards to hold at least a degree qualification. Our course will help you extend your knowledge and pursue a career in mental health nursing.

Why choose the Mental Health Nursing (Professional Practice) Top-up BSc at Middlesex?

Are you looking to top up your Advanced Diploma to a BSc Honours? Middlesex is the perfect place to top up your qualifications and graduate with the degree that many employers are looking for in their more senior staff.

This highly respected degree is based at the brand new West Stand facility, at StoneX stadium, home of Saracens Rugby Club where we've created a modern skills training centre and simulation suite.

This 18-month top-up course has been designed specifically for qualified and registered mental health nurses. You will already have a DipAdvanced, CertHE or DipHE qualification and credited CPD studies.

What you will gain

This course will develop your clinical practice and boost your career opportunities in the mental health field.

As well as developing your critical thinking and decision making, you will also gain the ability to reflect and analyse your own performance. You will have research analysis and evaluating skills and will focus on the facilitation of learning and communication to a range of audiences including students, peers and clients.

You’ll receive career counselling guidance before, during and after your course, as well as support from senior staff.

After graduation, you can look forward to expanding your career into specialist and leadership roles or even undertaking postgraduate studies. Your career options will include clinical manager, research nurse, clinical positions, and many more.

3 great reasons to pick this course

  • Ranked 2nd in London
    For Nursing and Midwifery by the Guardian University Rankings, 2022
  • 90% graduate employment
    90% of our nursing students have been in graduate level employment six months after graduation
  • 94% student satisfaction
    Middlesex is a leading provider of health education, with one of the highest student satisfaction ratings in London according to the National Student Survey

What you will learn

Our highly experienced tutors have real industry experience and know the value of instilling learning through practice.

You’ll undertake study projects that question some of the established processes, using theory, evidence and your own research to explore complex topics. Past projects have looked at the service needs of patients with dual diagnoses in a community mental health forensic setting.

On this highly-regarded degree, we will reinforce your practical experience with research and academic theory. You will:

  • Further develop a holistic approach to assessing, treating, care planning and supporting people to recover and live their best possible lives
  • Study topics and practice approaches to build on your existing knowledge and expand your skills
  • Study clinical and professional practice-related inquiry methods that’ll help you engage in clinical and healthcare practice alongside organisational development.

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This course offers qualified practising mental health nurses the opportunity to study modules which will enable them to gain an honours degree.

You will study two 30-credit modules as part of your degree: a professionally relevant work-based or practice-based enquiry module and a work-based or practice-based project module with a focus on personal and/or organisational professional practice development and change.

Please note this course is under review and may be subject to change.


  • Modules

    • Work Based Project (30 credits)

      This module will support you to undertake a real work-based project that is designed to develop or inform areas of your own or your colleague’s professional practice with service users/children, in a healthcare, social care or educational setting. You will plan, carry out and evaluate a project and critically discuss the learning gained, as well as the outcomes of the project for your area of practice. The focus of the project is negotiated and can be related to individual or team practice development and/or wider organisational development aims.

    • Practitioner Inquiry (30 credits)

      This module is designed to develop practitioner inquiry skills and understanding of inquiry methodologies in order to design a work-based project that has the potential to improve your own and others’ practice for service users. It will explore approaches to practitioner inquiry appropriate for your area of work/ practice and enable reflection upon your position as a practitioner researcher and the potential ethical implications that could arise during the project.

To find out more about this highly regarded course, please download the Mental Health Nursing (Professional Practice) (Top-up) BSc Honours specification (PDF).

How we'll teach you

As you will be a professional practitioner with significant prior learning, you will be taught via an adult learning approach. We use a variety of approaches to encourage you to be responsible for your own learning and progress. Individuals learn in different ways so a range of teaching and learning strategies are used. Scenario work, and pre and post-sessional work are also important components of the modules that you will be required to engage in.

Where will I study?

You will be studying at our north London campus in Hendon and at our superb West Stand facilities at StoneX stadium in Barnet. There is a free shuttle bus service you can use to get to StoneX park from our Hendon campus.


Whether you are studying full or part-time – your course timetable will balance your study commitments on campus with time for work, life commitments and independent study.

We aim to make timetables available to students at least 2 weeks before the start of term. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on-campus sessions.

Academic support

Our excellent teaching and support teams will help you develop your skills from research and practical skills to critical thinking. Our Sheppard Library is open 24 hours a day during term time. And we offer free 24-hour laptop loans with full desktop software, free printing and Wi-Fi to use on or off campus.


You will be studying, part of the time, at our brand new state-of-the-art facilities at the West Stand.

Middlesex university has one of the most state-of-the-art simulation wards in the country with Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality and industry-leading simulation equipment.

Student support

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health, and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability Advice and Support service.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above.

Financial Support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

How can the BSc Mental Health Nursing (Professional Practice) (Top-up) support your career?

This programme will enhance your opportunities for career progression or further study, allowing you to pursue careers within healthcare education or research.

Although you will be in current employment, successful completion of the programme may rapidly expand your career opportunities into specialist and leadership roles, and allow you the opportunity to undertake postgraduate studies. Career opportunities may include senior clinical positions, research nurse, or clinical manager.

  1. UK entry
  2. How to apply

These fees are for the 2024/25 academic year unless otherwise stated:

UK students1

Part-time students: £63 per taught credit

The following study tools are included in your fees:

  • Free access to the resources, learning materials and software you need to suacceed on your course
  • Free laptop loans for up to 24 hours
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning.

Fees disclaimers

1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase undergraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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