Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mental Health Nursing

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mental Health Nursing

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mental Health Nursing
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Part-time Day
Total ECTS credits 120
Coordinator Alexei Sammut
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
To provide a three-year part-time course for registered general nurses/midwives to transfer to mental health nursing as registered mental health nurses and function as accredited members of the psychiatric multi-disciplinary team.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of the Higher Diploma or Diploma or equivalent in the specialised area.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted to the course is 15 students.

The Selection Criteria can be found here.

The notice regarding submission of documentation is available here.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

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: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 5,400
The programme is divided between theory and practice and students are expected to build upon their previous studies to develop an awareness of psychiatry, psychology, sociology, psychopharmacology, group dynamics, interpersonal relationships and therapeutic skills. Students should, on completion of the course, be able to apply these skills effectively to their own clinical practice within a mental health service arena.
This degree programme is ideal for registered Midwives/Nurses/Psychiatric Nurses who wish to work in a mental health care environment and be registered as a first level mental health nurse.

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.
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.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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