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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Nursing (Mental Health)








Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Day


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 leads. 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.
LEARNING OUTCOMES 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.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER 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).
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor 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 sub-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.

The Board shall recommend to Senate the number of applicants that may be allowed to register for the Course, depending on the availability of resources. The Board shall announce the areas of study/areas of specialisation and the number of available places at the time of the call for applications. The maximum number of applicants that can be admitted into the course is 6 students.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and class,
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study, and
(c) performance during an interview, if deemed necessary.

Interviews, if necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose.

For the purpose of selection, applicants who fully satisfy the entry requirements by 31st August preceding the commencement of the course shall be considered first.

Prior to registering for the Course, eligible applicants may be required to undergo a medical fitness test as directed by the Board, so as to ascertain that they are fit to undertake work related to clinical placements.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2014.

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



Last Updated: 19 June 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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