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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mental Health Nursing







B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)

First Cycle

Level 6

3 Years



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 is a dynamic, reflective and highly skilled undergraduate programme that will eventually enable graduates 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.
LEARNING OUTCOMES 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
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY 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.
COURSE INTENDED FOR 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.
MOBILITY PERIOD 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.
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) and the MCAST Level 5 Award in Life Sciences shall be considered as having satisfied both the general and special entry requirements.

Prior to registering for the Course, eligible applicants are also required to undergo a medical fitness test as directed by the Board so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies.

All applicants are to provide a recent police conduct certificate which must be submitted at the Faculty of Health Sciences (Room 2, Block A, Level 1, Mater Dei Hospital).

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: 4 April 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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