Nursing (Mental Health)

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

If you want to care for the psychological, social, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of others, becoming a mental health nurse is the first step towards a highly rewarding career.

This exciting degree prepares you to meet the mental health needs of adults and their families in the 21st century.

You will study in university and across a wide range of mental health services. Most importantly you will learn from those who are experts by experience: people living with or who have experienced mental health difficulties. You will develop the skills to engage with those suffering mental distress or illness, as well as their families, in a positive and collaborative way, empowering them to cope and recover.

Caring for others requires you to learn how to care for yourself; we will support your learning through instruction in mindfulness, self-awareness and reflection skills.

You will also learn from Professors, Researchers, Lecturers, Registered Psychiatric and other Nurses who work across mental health and associated specialist services in the Dublin and wider East Coast region.

Course Pathways
What Will I Study

You will study a diverse range of subjects related to understanding yourself and others emotionally, psychologically, physically, spiritually and socially. You will learn how to communicate in a therapeutic way and to support and assist people to self-manage their recovery.

First Year

  • Scholarship of Enquiry
  • Foundations of Mental Health Nursing
  • Scientific Principles
  • Psychology & Communication
  • Nursing practice experience in mental health services for 11 weeks

Second & Third Year

  • Health Promotion
  • Ageing and Health
  • Pharmacology and Specialist Practice Placements such as Forensic Psychiatry
  • Substance Misuse
  • Dual Diagnosis: Mental Health and Intellectual Disability
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Including a placement module in General Nursing.

Further practice placements will also occur each year.

Fourth Year

  • Leadership and Management
  • Evidence-based Practice in Healthcare
  • Practice Placement/Internship
  • Preparation for the Professional Role.

Assessment is through a combination of end-of-trimester exams and continuous assessment, including assessment of performance on clinical placements.

Professional Clinical Experience

Practice placements, which form a significant part of the course are completed across a number of sites throughout the partner hospital, e.g. St. John of God Hospital or CHEast, in other Dublin and Wicklow based Health Service sites and in the IEHG. Students may be placed in any IEHG site on one or multiple occasions during their course to enable them to achieve the necessary clinical learning outcomes.

* Please Note: Curriculum may be subject to change in line with NMBI Nurse Registration Programmes Standards and Requirements.

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International Study Opportunities

In second year, you have the opportunity to study in Europe for a trimester. See

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree course qualifies you as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. Upon registration, you can work in acute and community settings further developing your knowledge and expertise. Future professional career opportunities extend to management, clinical specialization, research and education. In addition, you can pursue further education at postgraduate, Masters and PhD level.

Other Entry Routes

“I am currently in my final year of Mental health Nursing and I am grateful to have found such a challenging yet rewarding career path. This course integrates both theoretical and practical aspects of mental health nursing through classroom learning and hands on clinical placements. Over the course of my four years I have had many opportunities to gain experiences in all the different aspects of mental health care and have been supported in my learning throughout. Overall, I believe this course has opened my eyes and has provided me with great perspectives on mental health care. I would highly recommend this course to any hard-working individual who is passionate about mental health, the opportunity to provide positive changes in people’s lives is a truly rewarding experience!”

– Faye Garner, Student

Contact Information

UCD Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems Programme Office
Health Sciences Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 6407/6569
Contact: nmhs.ucd/contact-us

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