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

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October 2019
2 years part-time
£60 per credit (UK/EU)*
£60 per credit (INT) *
Course leader
Lawrence Dadzie

In 2010, the Nursing and Midwifery Council amended its required minimum outcome for pre-registration nurse education to degree level study. As a result, employers will increasingly require their mental health nurses from band five upwards to hold a degree qualification as a minimum. This course will enable staff to top up their qualification to degree level and therefore maximise opportunities for career progression.

Why study BSc Mental Health Nursing (Professional Practice) (Top-up) at Middlesex University?

This one year top-up course is designed for qualified and registered mental health nurses with a DipAdvanced, CertHE or DipHE qualification (who have engaged in credited CPD studies following qualification), to gain an undergraduate degree. The topics studied are broad and will equip already practising nurses the underpinning knowledge to expand their skills, their practice and career opportunities.

As a qualified mental health nurse in practice you will have the opportunity to study clinical and/or professional practice-related inquiry methods in order to engage in clinical and/or healthcare practice and/or organisational development.

Please note, this course does not offer professional registration within nursing in the UK, and we cannot accept students who require a Tier 4 visa.

Course highlights

  • You will have the opportunity to study with other nurses.
  • You will be taught within an active nursing research department (Centre for Critical Research in Nursing and Midwifery), specialised in nursing CPD.
  • You will be taught by highly experienced staff with professional nursing qualifications and clinical experiences, and the programme leader is an expert in CPD.
  • You will receive pre-course, during-course and ongoing career counselling guidance and support from senior staff.

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What will you study on the BSc Mental Health Nursing (Professional Practice) (Top-up)?

This programme 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/practice based enquiry module and a work based/practice based project module with a focus on personal and/or organisational professional practice development and change.

What will you gain?

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.

  • Modules

    • Professional Practice Enquiry (30 credits) - Compulsory

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

    • Negotiated Work Based Learning Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the opportunity to develop projects that are designed to improve or inform areas of your own or others’ clinical or professional practice in nursing and healthcare. You will explore and critically discuss your work/practice and demonstrate the learning gained, as well as the development of your professional/clinical knowledge and skills. The learning will be located within your own localised and specialised work/practice area.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.

How is the BSc Mental Health Nursing (Professional Practice) (Top-up) taught?

As you will be a professional practitioner with significant prior learning, you will be taught via an adult learning approach. The modules use a variety of approaches that will encourage you to be responsible for your own learning and progress. It is recognised that individuals learn in different ways therefore 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.


Assessment aims to encourage reflection and autonomous but supported learning. You will receive ongoing support from the programme leader, who will also act as project supervisor.

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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.

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