To provide a three year programme of study in both the theory and practice of mental health nursing to allow the successful students to function as fully accredited members of the psychiatric multi-disciplinary team.
The course has been developed to meet the nursing needs of the increasing population of people with mental health problems. It aims to prepare graduates to become dynamic, reflective and highly skilled professionals able to work as fully integrated members of the psychiatric multi-disciplinary team. The main focus of mental health nursing’s responsibilities is working with people and the course offers opportunities for personal growth, interpersonal skills development and the foundations of evidence based interventions to enable them to do so as self directed practitioners.
Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.
Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:
An Advanced Level pass in Biology
provided that applicants in possession of a pass in the MCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Health Studies) or the MCAST Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences, together with the MCAST Level 5 Award in Health Sciences shall be considered as having satisfied both the general and special entry requirements.
Whilst filling in the online application, applicants must have their Police Certificate of Conduct in hand as they are required to include certain details from the Police Certificate of Conduct in the application form.
On acceptance, applicants are required to submit a recent Police Certificate of Conduct (not more than 6 months old) to the respective Departmental Secretary at the Faculty of Health Sciences (Block A, Level 1, Mater Dei Hospital). It is advisable that this mandatory document is submitted by hand. Further instructions will be communicated to accepted applicants at a further stage.
During the first year of the Course, accepted applicants are also 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 October 2019, 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 2019.
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.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
No fees apply
Fee per academic year: Eur 10,800
The Course will equip the student with:
• the knowledge and skills to work as a safe and competent psychiatric nurse • the opportunities to work as an equal member of the multi disciplinary psychiatric team • the intellectual development to deal with the complexity of integrating the theoretical knowledge into clinical practice • the personal skills needed to perform effectively and efficiently in diverse Mental health care settings
Psychiatric nurses must have a positive outlook on life, a genuine interest in people and a desire to work with some of the most vulnerable in society. They must have a humanistic approach to problem solving and be able to balance this with the technical side of their training and academic development. They must be good team workers, have high levels of interpersonal skills and tolerant of those whose behaviour, thoughts and emotions may be different for the normal. They must be capable of undertaking complex clinical activities that combine the knowledge and skills of the other core psychiatric disciplines such as psychiatry and psychology, whilst engaging with a wide range of patients in a therapeutic and clinically focused way. Additionally, nurses today are expected to continue to develop on a personal and professional level through a process of life-long learning.
On successful completion of the programme, the candidate would be eligible for employment as a first level registered psychiatric nurse in Malta and in several other EU member states. Nurses are nowadays expected to continue to develop on a personal and professional level, through lifelong learning. Post-registration educational opportunities for professional development are available, such as specializing programmes and Masters graduate programmes and EU exchange activities. Graduate psychiatric nurses work in a variety of health care settings, such as the community and specialist care setting, and engage in a variety of roles, such as management and policy development, research and the psychiatric nursing development unit. Employment opportunities for this professional group are very good.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the first semester of the third year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2019/0.
Last Updated: 1 July 2019
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication. The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints. Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice. Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.