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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Community Psychiatric Nursing







M.Sc. (CPN)(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

3 Semesters



This unique dual master’s programme combines the Faculties of two renowned educational institutions: The University of Malta, Faculty of Health Sciences and the University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions. Both offer specific undergraduate and master level degree programme in both nursing and psychiatric and mental health nursing, but this is the first time that the two institutions have delivered a specific second level degree in community psychiatric nursing. With different expertise and traditionally different ways of addressing the subject of community mental health care it is this diversity that provides the backdrop to an exciting and challenging academic programme, unique within the field of international nursing programmes. What sets this programme apart from other master’s level psychiatric/mental health courses is that it has both theory and practice components, enabling students under supervision to operationalise the materials addressed within the theoretical element of the curricula. The main objective of the course is to expose students to the specific skills and personal requirements needed to work successfully within a community mental health environment. Teaching is shared equally between the faculty staff of the University of Malta and the University of Southern Indiana with additional input from high profile psychiatric/mental health nursing academics from both Europe and the USA.

The course is taught exclusively at the University of Malta Valletta campus, one of the oldest university sites in the world, in the heart of the historic capital city of Valletta. The campus is a beautifully restored high tech venue where students can really feel the influence of history ‘looking over their shoulder’. Clinical placements will be undertaken in different ways for European and American students, but all will spend time in the Maltese mental health service and be mentored throughout. The programme lasts for three semesters and students will complete an extended essay/dissertation of reflective practice either in the USA or Malta, depending on their respective institution. On successful completion students will receive TWO Masters awards – An M.Sc. Community Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Malta and Masters of Science in Nursing with Psychiatric Nursing concentration from the University of Southern Indiana.

Further details about the University's International Collaborative Programmes are available at
LEARNING OUTCOMES At the end of the programme of studies students will be able to:
• Evaluate different clinical options for use with patients suffering mental health challenges within a primary healthcare/community environment.
• Place PMHN in a global context to improve multi-disciplinary and multi-agency collaboration and care efficacy.
• Critically evaluate evidenced driven literature to construct appropriate care packages for patients with mental health challenges.
• Utilize the theoretical and skills objectives associated with each of the individual study units/courses to be able to function as an advanced practice primary healthcare/community PMHN.
• Apply advanced level critical thinking to the development of individualized care packages for patients with mental health challenges.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Students undertaking this programme will be eligible for community practice within their own country and for American students this will lead to Advanced Nurse Practitioner status within the USA. Non-American students may undertake an additional 500 hours of practicum in the USA under the auspices of the University of Southern Indiana which, when all other USA entry requirements have been met, will also enable them to register as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Further studies at PhD level are available in both Universities.

This is a unique programme with high quality academic input, in an excellent environment, at the centre of the Mediterranean sea with the opportunity to experience different cultures. This is the chance to advance your knowledge, skills and understanding of psychiatric/mental health nursing in primary health care in a way that is available to very few students.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This course is intended for individuals who are either already qualified as psychiatric/mental health nurses, or in the case of students from the USA are completing the last year of their nursing studies and may already be qualified as psychiatric nurses. It is primarily intended for those wishing to work in community or primary health care mental health settings.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of either:

(i) a first cycle degree in psychiatric or mental health nursing obtained with at least Second Class Honours, or an equivalent classification or

(ii) a first cycle degree in nursing obtained with at least Second Class Honours, or an equivalent classification, and a minimum of two years’ practical experience in psychiatric or mental health nursing environments deemed relevant by the Board of Studies or

(iii) a postgraduate award in psychiatric or mental health nursing obtained following a first cycle award.

Senate, on the advice of the Board, may limit the number of applicants to be admitted to the Course. When the number is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected after an interview, according to the following criteria, agreed to by both Partner Universities:

(i) degree type and classification - 40%
(ii) experience in the area - 20%
(iii) letter of motivation - 30% and
(iv) references - 10%.

The interviewing board shall be appointed by the Board and shall be composed of at least three members.

The interviewing board may make use of electronic means of communication in order to carry out interviews with applicants.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2015.

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



Last Updated: 19 March 2017
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.

For applicable fees please check the link on the Finance Office webpage.
CPD Study-Unit - MNH4001 Child and Adolescent Mental Health

During Semester 2 of Academic Year 2017/8, the Department of Mental Health shall be offering the study-unit MNH4001 Child and Adolescent Mental Health to registered professionals in possession of a first degree, currently working with children or adolescents.

Applications shall be received between the 27th November and the 1st December 2017.


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