Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Nursing - Mental Health Nursing
護理學(榮譽)理學士組合課程 - 精神健康護理學(榮譽)理學士

Sept 2023 Entry

Programme code: JS3337

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

5 years

Credits Required for Graduation

116 (plus 41 clinical/field credits)

Scheme/Programme Intake
70 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
Fund Type
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Dr Sau Fong LEUNG

PhD (Syd.); MSc (HC) [PolyU (H.K.)]; BN (Syd.); Dip(PN) (H.K.G.H.S.P.N.); PRegDip(N) (H.K.Poly.); RN (H.K.); RN (N.S.W.); RN (U.K.C.C.); RNT (H.K.)


Students will be awarded the following award upon successful completion of the graduation requirements:

  • BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing

Please input your public examination results, such as HKDSE, HKCEE, HKAL, IGCSE, GCEAL, etc., by subject under the "Public Examination" section to your online application. 

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

Our mission is to equip young people to take up professional careers in mental health nursing, one of the world's most "caring" professions. This innovative academic programme develops students' competence in delivering high-quality care, carrying out relevant research and making significant contributions to mental healthcare services.


Students develop skills in clinical reasoning, critical thinking, problem-solving, therapeutic communication and the management of change in mental health nursing. They also learn how to work both independently and with other healthcare professionals to provide high-quality mental healthcare in a range of contexts, from psychiatric clinical settings to community mental health services.



Programme Characteristics

PolyU was the first university in Hong Kong to provide a pre-registration degree programme in nursing. Our innovative approaches to learning and teaching enhance our students' critical thinking and clinical decision making. This programme builds on our successful experience of conducting the psychiatric stream of the part-time Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing programme, which is accredited by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.


Our modern facilities include nursing therapeutics laboratories, mental health nursing laboratories, the Yuen Yuen Institute Chinese Medicinal Nursing Laboratory, the Dorothy Wong Intensive Care Laboratory, the Integrative Health Clinic, the Centre for Smart Health, the Herbal Medicine Learning Centre, the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Community Health Services, and the Yuen Yuen Institute Learning Resources Centre.


In this programme, field practice is arranged in a variety of healthcare settings, including general hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric rehabilitation units, community psychiatric nursing services, mental health out-reaching services and other community settings. We also offer a wide range of overseas student exchange opportunities.



This is a 5-year full-time programme leading to registration with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong as a Registered Nurse (Psychiatric). The programme aims to equip students to become competent, creative, and caring practitioners of psychiatric/mental health nursing and to apply their creativity and critical thinking skills in the care of their clients.

The programme equips students to provide holistic care that encompasses safe, ethical, legal, and culturally sensitive nursing therapeutics provided to clients of all ages and their families in various mental healthcare settings, recognising their central role in managing mental healthcare. Students have opportunities to develop sensitivity through interactions with individuals, families, groups, communities, and other healthcare providers. Through their participation in the healthcare system, they are prepared to become key players in health promotion and care for psychiatric patients.

The programme curriculum is based on the Bio-Psycho-Social Model of Psychiatric Nursing Care and includes the following major content:

  • In junior years, studies include health foundation subjects to enhance students’ understanding of the factors predisposing and precipitating stresses. Applied sciences and nursing arts subjects such as Public Health and Infection Control, Human Physiology, Sociology of Health, Introduction to Psychology, Human Anatomy, Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, Medical and Surgical Nursing I, Communication Skills and Group Dynamics, Fundamentals of Nursing Therapeutics I & II, Abnormal Psychology and Mental Health Nursing Therapeutics I & II, Clinical Microbiology, and Fundamentals of Nursing Therapeutics in Chinese Medicine and Chinese Communication for Nursing are introduced in the first two years of study.
  • In senior years, the programme broadens the focus from illness to health to develop nurses’ understanding of people and their experiences with health and recovery. Inherent in this orientation is the use of blended teaching methodologies, which encourage students to develop their critical thinking, enhance their self-awareness and discover the world around them. Subjects such as Medical and Surgical Nursing II, Psychotherapeutic Practice, Quality and Patient Safety, Mental Health Nursing Therapeutics III & IV, Mental Health Education and Promotion, Neurobiological Basis in Mental Health, Ethical and Legal Aspects in Health Care, Mental Health Nursing Therapeutics in Community, Nursing Research and the Honours Project are introduced.
  • In Year 5, the programme focuses on preparing students to take up the role of Registered Nurse. Subjects such as Psychotherapeutic Practice II and Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Health Care are offered.
  • There is an emphasis throughout the programme on practical experience as the foundation for integrating psychiatric nursing theory into practice. Students are encouraged to be thoughtful and reflective in their nursing practice. Psychiatric/mental health nursing practice experience is essential. Students are directly involved with clients in their homes, and in hospitals and community settings. This may involve working in shifts.
  • A specific set of General University Requirement subjects, such as Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Leadership Education and Development, Healthy Lifestyle, Language and Communication, Service Learning and broader subjects provide students with a comprehensive knowledge base for holistic professional learning.

Information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.

Secondary Major Detail

Secondary Major Details

No Secondary Major on offer.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme is accredited by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong and graduates are eligible to apply for registration as Registered Nurses (Psychiatric).


Career Prospects

Graduates are eligible to become Registered Nurses (Psychiatric) in Hong Kong. They can find employment in the Hospital Authority, government departments and non-government organisations.

Graduates can also find employment opportunities in various mental health settings, such as major psychiatric hospitals in Hong Kong, psychiatric units of general hospitals, and various rehabilitation sectors run by non-government organisations.

Graduates may also pursue further studies. They can pursue the Master of Science in Nursing programme or other postgraduate programmes offered by the School.

Graduates may also undertake research work or work overseas.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Satisfy the General Entrance Requirements of the University (NON-JUPAS Local Year 1 Admissions) and the following specific requirement of this programme:

  • Level 3 or above in English Language and Chinese Language; and Level 2 or above in Mathematics, Liberal Studies and at least one elective subject from Category A in HKDSE examination (Please refer to the subject list) or equivalent;

Other Information

  • Preference will be given to those who are fluent in written English and Chinese, and in oral English and Cantonese.
  • Students must pass a health check before they can undergo the clinical training.



For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office, School of Nursing

(tel.: 2766 4369; fax: 2364 9663; email:; website:

Student Message

Student Message

Studying the mental health nursing programme at PolyU’s School of Nursing is a wonderful experience. The programme has given me many opportunities to learn, develop nursing competency, and explore career pathways as well as lifelong goals.


The five-year programme equips students with fundamental nursing and mental health knowledge. It covers areas such as psychology, human anatomy, physiology, public health, and infection control, etc. The teaching of ethics, caring concept and communication skills prepares us to participate in healthcare communication and decision making with empathetic heart and caring disposition. In the senior years of the study, I have learnt more about mental illnesses, progression of mental disorders, and needs of patients from acute to rehabilitation stages.  The more I have learnt about the needs of patients in their journeys of recovery, the more I want to use my knowledge and skills to help establish a therapeutic alliance for supporting patients in their recovery.


The School also offers us overseas learning opportunities. The overseas exchange programmes that I joined have broadened my horizon, prepared me to meet new challenges, increased my confidence, and developed my nursing competency for serving people from all walks of life, who have mental health needs.

TSANG Tsz Fung

Studying at PolyU is more than getting the qualification to become a registered nurse. It is about having a wonderful university life and personal growth. For those interested in biology and psychology, this five-year BSc (Honours) in Mental Health Nursing programme offers you a journey to gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to health and mental care, and insights into nursing practice and mental health issues. The clinical placements gave us opportunities to deepen our understanding about mental health illnesses, from minor mood disorders to severe psychiatric illnesses for children and the elderly, and apply our communication skills to work with a multi-disciplinary healthcare team to provide nursing care in various settings.   


During my study, I joined different student societies and participated in some voluntary work. These activities have enriched my horizon and prepared me to give care and support to others. Finally, I am grateful to my teachers and student academic advisors for giving me lots of support throughout the years of my study.

WONG Hoi Tung, Sammi

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate



Please input your public examination results, such as HKDSE, HKCEE, HKAL, IGCSE, GCEAL, etc., by subject under the "Public Examination" section to your online application. 

Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: On-going starting from December
Mode:Face-to-face / Phone / Video-conference

To evaluate the potential and interest of applicants, and to assess their language, communication skills and understanding of the nursing discipline.

Medium:Cantonese and English

About 1 hour


Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interviews.