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Study mental health nursing abroad

An in-depth guide to studying mental health nursing as an international student.

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Mental health nursing degrees abroad

Mental health nurses help patients manage and overcome psychiatric conditions across a range of clinical settings. It’s a challenging field, but one in which you can make a real difference to people’s lives.

Mental health nursing programs prepare students to deliver high-quality care by blending theory and practice. As well as studying common mental health conditions, you’ll learn how to build therapeutic relationships and assess the needs of patients. You’ll also be trained to administer medication, deliver interventions, and follow legal and ethical principles.

To become a successful mental health professional, you must be able to communicate and empathize with people from a variety of backgrounds. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to develop this cultural awareness and see how people all over the world are affected by mental health conditions.

Mental health nursing program structure

To qualify as a registered mental health nurse, you’ll need to complete a bachelor’s degree. These are normally offered as a BSc or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Undergraduate programs typically take three or four years of study, depending on your university and country.

If you’re hoping to become a nurse practitioner or a clinical nurse specialist, you must enroll in a two-year master of science in nursing (MSN) degree.

After finishing your MSN, it’s possible to pursue a doctoral degree. Doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs require students to participate in research projects alongside their clinical practice. Most DNP programs take an additional three or four years of work.

To gain a robust understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of mental health nursing, you’ll spend half of your time working with medical professionals in clinical settings. The other 50% of your time will be dedicated to lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practical workshops.

Programs around the world can differ quite substantially in terms of content and structure, so it’s best to do your research and make sure you choose the course and university that reflects your ambitions. However, most mental health nursing programs will address these core topics:

  • Fundamentals of care and professional practice
  • Mental health ethics and law
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Biopsychosocial aspects of mental health
  • Mental health and contemporary society
  • Assessment and care planning
  • Psychopharmacology and medication management
  • Interventions and helping approaches in mental health nursing

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Mental health nursing study abroad programs

Mental health nursing undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in mental health nursing

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    Mental Health Nursing - BSN
    University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,275 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Mental Health Nursing - BSN
    Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    20,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Mental Health Nursing - BSc (Hons)
    Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,750 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Mental Health Nursing - BSN
    London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,780 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Mental Health Nursing - BSN
    University of Suffolk, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,790 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Mental health nursing graduate programs

Master's in mental health nursing

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    Mental Health Nursing - MSN
    University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    35,745 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Mental Health Nursing - MSc
    Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Diploma in mental health nursing

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    Mental Health Nursing - PGDip
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    28,800 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Future mental health nursing careers

As the global demand for mental health professionals grows, you can begin a rewarding career in almost any corner of the world.

You’ll be met with an array of opportunities across sectors including healthcare, social welfare, and education. Here are just some of the career paths open to you:

  • Mental health nurse
  • Mental health support worker
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Ward manager
  • Director of nursing
  • Mental health researcher
  • Forensic mental health nurse
  • Lecturer

To have the best possible chance of landing your dream job, it’s vital to gather as much relevant experience as possible. Your university’s career service can help you apply for internships in places like hospitals, care homes, and mental health charities.