Abertay University Nursing

Abertay University Nursing

Nursing (Mental Health Nursing)

Abertay runs the only undergraduate honours-level nursing programme in Scotland with a sole focus on mental health. Public concern about mental health is growing and one in four people in the UK will reportedly experience a common mental health problem each year.

What you study

You will study the following core areas during your time on the programme:

  • mental health nursing practice
  • interpersonal skills and therapeutic interventions
  • professional issues and ethical practice
  • cognitive behaviour therapy
  • physical health and well-being
  • research and public health

In addition, you can choose an option module in the honours year.  Current options explore physical activity and health, and the sociology of sexuality.

For more information on the course content, download the Programme information – BSc with Honours in Nursing (Mental Health Nursing)

How you learn and are assessed

Teaching is delivered through a variety of lectures, practical classes, tutorials, independent study and online learning.  This is combined with clinical practice placements which provide experience and the opportunity to put theory into practice through a process of mentoring, and the development of an ongoing achievement record.  Mental health nursing skills are developed on an individual basis as well as through small group work, interactive, and reflective practice.  Students benefit from the use of our interpersonal skills and clinical skills training suites.

Examination techniques

Assessment types are varied to test a breadth of skills.  Assessments include reports, reflective portfolios, essays, presentations – both oral and posters – appraisal of research, exams, class tests and case studies.  Performance on practice is assessed via placement reports.