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








B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)

First Cycle

Level 6

3 Years

Part-time Day


Alexei Sammut

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.
LEARNING OUTCOMES The programme is divided between theory and practice and students are expected to build upon their previous studies to develop and awareness of psychiatry, psychology, sociology, psychopharmacology, group dynamics, interpersonal relationships and therapeutic skills. These are placed in a clinical setting and students should, on completion of the course, be able to apply these effectively to their own clinical practice within a mental health service arena.
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 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.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of the 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 admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2017.

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



Last Updated: 1 September 2017
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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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