Master of Science in Mental Health Nursing

Master of Science in Mental Health Nursing

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Course title Master of Science in Mental Health Nursing
Course code PMSCMNTPDT7
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Josianne Scerri
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
The part-time M.Sc. in Mental Health Nursing programme consists of a total of 90 ECTS at Level 5 (Masters Degree) conducted over three years. This programme is aimed at those nurses working in mental health care settings, to enhance their professional roles as nurse educators, researchers, change agents and clinical leaders. It seeks to provide students with the knowledge, confidence and skills to improve their own self development and make a major contribution to professional care.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor's degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours in an area of study deemed suitable by the Board or

(b) a degree from this or another university which the Board considers as comparable to the degree indicated in paragraph (a).

Applicants may be required to provide evidence of being in possession of the licence to practice in the register of the profession concerned, as kept by the relevant regulatory council.

Applicants may be required to provide evidence of work experience following registration with the relevant regulatory council in the proposed area of study or area of specialisation, if applicable. The minimum number of years of experience required shall be indicated at the time of the call for applications.

During the first year of the Course, accepted applicants may be required to undergo an occupational health assessment, as detailed in the Occupational Health Protocol approved by the Board, so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

Further information, including a schedule of interviews for applicants for courses with a limited number of students and for 'adult learners/mature applicants' (in the case of undergraduate courses), as well as important information on the occupational health protocol, to be submitted by the 30 November 2020, can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700 - Yr3: NIL
By the end of the programme the students will be able to:

- Apply evidence obtained from research to answer clinical questions and in the formulation and development of potential interventions for selected patient populations
- Transfer skills learnt (e.g. care plans) to a variety of clinical setting
- Evaluate contemporary issues in mental and general health care in order to enhance both professional and clinical development
- Act as a team leader
- Introduce change in clinical and educational practices
- Work as a member of a multidisciplinary team in the planning, development and delivery of mental health care programmes
- Demonstrate skills of interpretation, critiquing, analysis, evaluation and inference in the final research study.
This programme enables students to master research, educational and professional mental health skills in order to make a contribution to enhancing clinical practice and service delivery. Graduates may be in a position to take up clinical leadership and/or management and education posts. Mental Health services are expanding all the time in recognition of the huge impact mental health and illness has on society. As a masters level mental health nurse it would be hoped that graduates would take a lead in many of these initiatives. Additionally, they may also take up opportunities for further academic and self development in foreign countries. Graduates will be eligible to undertake the third cycle programme for the fulfillment of a Doctor in Philosophy (PhD).
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 5 May 2021

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