University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Nursing Studies (Adult Nursing or Mental Health Nursing)

The programme offers students the opportunity to gain professional registration in either adult or mental health nursing, together with an academic postgraduate qualification. It develops the student as an autonomous, reflective practitioner who has empathic qualities, is committed to delivering high-quality care to service users and identifies appropriate strategies to empower individuals to maximise their own independence. The programme focuses on the importance of caring and compassion, whilst delivering evidence-based care in partnership with other health and social care practitioners, patients and their families. It has been designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to respond to the complex, diverse and evolving nature of health and social care provision. An emphasis will be placed on the development of professional identity as well as effective communication skills. Key themes (including clinical skills, assessment and management of common conditions, decision making and leadership skills) are developed progressively throughout the programme. Biosciences and psychosocial, spiritual, ethical and legal aspects of care will also inform a holistic approach to care.

Entry requirements

A 1st degree (2nd Class Honours, minimum) which has been achieved within the last 5 years; a science degree is preferred (bioscience, behavioural or social science). Recent experience of practice in a health care role (the equivalent of at least 16 weeks of full-time employment). GSCE English, science and maths at grade C or above. IELTS minimum overall: 7.0 IELTS minimum by component: 7.0.

Course modules

Nursing Studies PGDip (adult nursing): Practice module 2 (accelerated); the transitions in care; the care provision in long term conditions; innovations and leadership; managing physical and mental health challenges; research for professional practice; effective care provision in the crisis situation; immediate care; clinical leadership and consolidated practice; teaching and assessment. Nursing studies PGDip (mental health nursing): Practice module 2 (accelerated); the concepts of engagement (empowerment and recovery); the way of working and building bridges; innovations and leadership; managing physical and mental health challenges; research for professional practice; effective decision making from fundamental to complex care; effective care provision in the crisis situation; clinical leadership and consolidated practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include student presentations, examinations, case-study work and assessed learning experiences.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Full-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

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