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At University of Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Mental Health Nursing
This four-year programme, offered in partnership with the Health Service Executive West, leads to the award of Bachelor of Nursing Science (Mental Health Nursing) and eligibility for registration in the Psychiatric Division of the Nurses’ Register, maintained by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), the nursing profession’s regulatory body.
The BSc. (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing will provide students with knowledge, skills, attitude, and professional behaviours necessary to provide high quality care and competent nursing practice in an ever-changing health care environment.
Mental Health Nursing aims to assist in the recovery of people experiencing mental health issues and to promote mental health and wellbeing. At the heart of mental health nursing is the development of therapeutic relationships, engaging with service users, their carers and their families.
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving
Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e., Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science), and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Next start date
A Level Grades (2023)
QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes
Mode of study
- Foundations of Mental Health Nursing
- Research and Evidence for Practice 1
- Introduction in Mental Health Nursing
- Mental Health Nursing 1
- Communications & interpersonal skills
- Health and Applied Biosciences
- Clinical practice 1 & 2
- Practice assessment
- Research and Evidence for Practice 2
- Health and Applied Biosciences II
- Applied Psychology of Nursing and Midwifery
- Sociology of Health and Healthcare
- Mental Health Nursing 2
- Mental Health Nursing 3
- Mental Health Nursing 4
- Clinical Practice 3 & 4
- Practice Assessment
- Law and Ethics
- Medicines and Clinical Practice
- Mental Health Nursing 5
- Mental Health Promotion and Recovery
- Mental Health Nursing 6
- Clinical Practice 5 & 6
- Practice Assessment I and II
- Mental Health Nursing 7
- Leading and Developing Practice
- Transition to Practice
- Research Project
- Clinical Practice 7
- Clinical Internship Assessments 1, 2, 3 & 4
- Practice Assessment
- Clinical internship which runs over 36 weeks - Semester II
There are a variety of continuing professional development opportunities available to graduates of this programme, in particular postgraduate programmes within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Why Choose This Course?
- In-patient mental health services
- Community mental health services
- Child and adolescent mental health services
- Forensic mental health services
- Voluntary organisations
- Recovery and rehabilitation services
- Services for the older person
- Substance misuse and addiction treatment services
- Primary mental health care
Clinical practice modules require students to complete clinical placements within the Health Service Executive West region. While on clinical placements, students will be supervised by an appropriately trained nurse. In accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland regulations, the total requirements of the programme are 144 weeks of clinical placement. Students undertake a 36-week clinical internship in semester two of year four. During the clinical internship period, students are paid a salary.
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Transferable Skills Employers Value
Students undertake a 36-week clinical internship in semester two of year four. Clinical practice modules require students to complete clinical placements within the Health Service Executive West region. While on clinical placements, students will be supervised by an appropriately trained nurse. In accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland regulations, the total requirements of the programme are 144 weeks clinical placement. During the clinical internship period, students are paid a salary.
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Fees: Student Contribution
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy
Student Levy: €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here https://su.nuigalway.ie/
Find out More
Dr Siobhan Smyth, Programme Director
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Aras Moyola, University of Galway.
T 091 492832
What Our Students Say
Laura Greene | Mental Health Nursing (Final year, 4th year)
I enjoyed the practical side of learning. Throughout the four year degree, I worked in a vast amount of clinical areas. I gained a lot of exposure to various mental illnesses and I was able to gain a true understanding of how to care for someone with a mental illness. I enjoyed the workshops and the different speakers that came to University of Galway to speak to us about their clinical area. I enjoyed the variety of areas you can learn about in mental health from care of the elderly to working with children with mental health difficulties. Each area is so different and specialized and it gives students a great opportunity to branch out.
Ava Fowley | Mental Health Nursing
The Bachelor of Nursing (Mental Health) degree at University of Galway has offered a unique and important foundation for my nursing career. The University has provided me with the opportunity to discover my academic potential as well as enhancing my skills in becoming a qualified mental health nurse. I have met many inspiring people over the four years, both in class; on a student-to-student level and out on placement; on a student nurse-to-service user level. There is a great hub of support from the lecturers and staff in college to the clinical placement coordinators and staff members you meet out in the varied and interesting placement settings.
Martyna Zdzieblowska | Mental Health Nursing
Choosing a university was an important milestone, and I am glad I chose University of Galway for my university journey. The Mental Health Nursing programme offers a diverse range of clinical placements which provide a vast insight into what you can do with your nursing degree. Moreover, the state of the art building enables students to learn and practice their nursing skills in a clinical environment which is further supplemented by a great selection of books in the university library and the new computer suite. University of Galway has a great location right in the centre of the Galway, which offers great opportunity to have fun and explore the local area. The campus also offers several clubs and societies that allow you to meet with like-minded people and share interests which is an important part of the university experience.