Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Mental Health)
Are you interested in working with people who are experiencing mental health problems and helping them towards recovery? Are you interested in caring for people? Do you have good communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team? Are you willing to learn, practise and take on the responsibilities of providing skilled mental health nursing care? If so, then this course might suit you.
Why Study Mental Health Nursing at UL?
The B.Sc. Nursing (Mental Health) is a fulltime four year degree programme offered by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, in conjunction with the Health Service Executive West (Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary). On successful completion of the programme, you will be able to present for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) and practice as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (R.P.N.). The Department of Nursing and Midwifery has received approval from NMBI for the programme.
As a student Of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick you will combine theoretical study with practice placement experience. In practice you are provided with opportunities to gain real-world experience working with service users and diverse populations in Mental Health Care practice placements within the Mid-West region of Ireland.
The BSc Nursing (Mental Health) programme is designed to ensure that you graduate with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to deliver recovery focused compassionate care, responsive to the mental health needs of individuals and communities within evolving healthcare settings. The graduate will be able to work collaboratively and in partnership with service users, their families/carers, the wider community and other health professionals in providing a proactive, evidence-based quality holistic service.
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What you will study
The programme is offered full time over four years.The curriculum encompasses the development of theory and practice simultaneously, with the programme structured as follows:
- 63 weeks Theory (minimum)
- 45 weeks unrostered Clinical Placement
- 36 weeks Internship
Nursing is a demanding profession both physically and emotionally. Successful applicants must be of good physical and mental health and have the ability to achieve the required competencies of a nurse. Offers of places on the nursing programmes are subject to satisfactory completion of Garda Vetting & Health Screening, including vaccination. This will be organised by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery. Prospective students should be aware that there is likely to be a cost implication borne by the student for health screening and vaccination.
Promoting Safety within a
|Practice Placement 1
Foundations for Engaged Learning
Introduction to Health and Health Promotion
|Introduction to Mental Health Nursing
|Nursing the Person with Comorbid Physical and Mental Health Disorders
|Introduction to Mental Health Disorders and Recovery
Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing & Midwifery 2
Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing & Midwifery 1
Introduction to Psychology applied to Nursing and Midwifery
Communication and interpersonal Relationships in Nursing & Midwifery
|Practice Placement 2
|Practice Placement 3
|Introduction to Psychosocial interventions
|Promoting Recovery in Persons Experiencing Psychosis
|Promoting Recovery in Persons Experiencing Mood and Emotional Disorders
|Mental Health and Wellbeing in Older Persons
Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing & Midwifery 3
Nursing Individuals Living with Long Term Conditions
Principles of Infection Prevention & Control for Nurses and Midwives
Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery Practice
Pharmacology for Nurses and Midwives
Sociology of Health and Illness for Nursing and Midwifery
|Practice Placement 5
Nursing in Primary and Community Settings
Research and Evidence in
|Child and Adolescent Mental Health
|Crisis Resolution and Risk Management in Mental Health Care
Transition Towards a Competent
|Practice Placement 6
|Practice Placement 7
Practice Research Project
|Practice Placement 8
|Shared Module :
Leading and Managing in Quality Practice
|Mental Health Nursing and Complex Care Needs
|CAO points history
Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
Enquiries about the methods of evaluation of results of examinations and qualifications other than the Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate Examination should be addressed to the Admissions Office.
In addition applicants must hold an O6/H7 grade in one of the following Laboratory Science subjects: Biology; Physics, Chemistry; Physics and Chemistry; or Agricultural Science.
Applicants who wish to be considered for a place on the grounds of mature years must satisfy Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann as to their suitability by means of an assessment test. Mature applicants should be 23 years old on or before January 1st of the year of enrolment. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February. Application Information for Mature Student Applicants.
In addition to the CAO application, mature students must also register for an assessment test with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Mature applicants may also be considered on the basis of examination results. Such applicants should also consult the booklet: Nursing and Midwifery A Career for You, published by the Nursing Careers Centre, An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann Tel +353 (0)1 6398500 Website: Careers in Nursing and Midwifery
English Language Requirement
Assessment of English language competence is a requirement for entry for students whose first language/primary mode of expression is not English.
|Non-EU Entry Requirements
How to apply
|Where are you applying from?
|How to Apply
|Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here.
|Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
|EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.
Fees and funding
A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.
An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.
EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant
EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant
Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant
Student course fees are comprised of the following components:
Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The current student contribution is set at €3000.
All students are liable to pay the Student Levy of €100. Please note the Student Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.
These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.
Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows
- You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
- You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
(all must be met)
- You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
- You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
- You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)
Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -
- Free Fee Status: You satisfy all three categories (1, 2 and 3) and therefore are eligible for the Higher Education Authority’s Free Fees scheme.
- EU Fee Status: You satisfy the citizenship and/or residency criteria but fail to satisfy the course requirements and are liable to EU fees
- Non EU Fee Status: You do not meet either the citizenship or residency criteria and are therefore liable to Non EU fees.
These scholarships are available for this course
These scholarships are available for all courses
|All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
|Cooperative Education Award
|1 medal per faculty
|Elaine Fagan Scholarship
|Financial Aid Fund
|Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
|Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
|Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
|Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
|Stuart Mangan Scholarship
|The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
|Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
|UL Sports Scholarships
|Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Your future career
Employability skills from this degree
- Organisational skills and time-management
- Determination and tenacity
- Conducting research
- Utilising research and evidence-based practice
- Problem-solving and decision-making
- Working in partnership with different disciplines
- Professional responsibility and accountability
- Critical thinking
Further Study Options
- MSc Perinatal Mental Health
- MSc Nursing (Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Care)
- MSc Nursing (Older Person)
- MSc Nursing (Dementia Care)
- MSc Nursing Advanced Practice
Job titles for graduates with this degree
Upon registration with NMBI, there are many different employment and career opportunities available to Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN). On registration nurses can work as a staff nurse in inpatient and community settings. Nurses can also specialise and become a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) or Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP). Specialist areas include, for example, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addictions, Forensic Psychiatry.
Recent graduates of this programme are working as Registered Psychiatric Nurses in hospitals, in the community, and in the private sector in Ireland, The EU and outside the EU.
I was always interested in mental health and how the brain works. With mental health, it’s different to treating broken bones or cuts and bruises - it can be the same illness with different presentations. You see something different every day and you’re constantly learning.
The course has a good balance of both theory and practical work. In years 1 and 2, there are lots of common modules between the disciplines, such as anatomy and physiology and pharmacology. As you progress you concentrate more on your discipline-specific core modules, such as child and adolescent mental health, mood disorders and psychotic and personality disorders. You spend a lot of the 4 years on placement which prepares you for the work of a registered nurse. You will get the opportunity to work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and acute mental units.
When you complete a nursing course at UL, the opportunities are endless. Nursing can bring you all over the world and if you’re not interested in travelling you have so many areas you can branch into, like working with those who experience enduring mental illness, care of the elderly, community work and specialist services such as drug and alcohol. What I love about my course is how much I’ve accomplished over the 4 years. I love that I’m going to be quali ed in something that I enjoy doing and look forward to further opportunities.