MSc in Mental Health
The Faculty of Health Sciences in partnership with the National Forensic service offers this taught Masters in Science in Mental Health programme. Students on this programme will come from a variety of backgrounds including nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, social work, Garda Siochana, legal, psychology, probation and prison services.
The aim of this programme is to strengthen and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the participants, thus enabling them to fulfil their highest potential in both their personal and professional lives. The design of the course is such that it enhances the collaboration between disciplines working with individuals with mental health problems. The programme is firmly grounded in a body of knowledge that aims to promote excellence in the participants area of practice.
Duration and course structure
The programme takes place over two years on a part-time basis or one year on a full-time basis.
A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content, including lectures, group discussion, Blackboard and self directed learning. The assessment process used is a combination of written and practical assignments.
It is expected that Year 1 of the part-time taught masters course will start in the first week of September 2016. It is expected that there will be a break then before it recommences in the second week of January 2017 and continues on Thursdays until the end of March or early April. There is some web-based learning involved.
Although not yet confirmed, attendance in Year 2 of M.Sc. courses involves attending a selection of workshops run from September to March. (The last workshop is likely to be at the end of February 2017.) These workshops are designed to support students as they progress through the various stages of their final year dissertation. Students will be free to attend any of the workshops on offer. At the end of Year 2, M.Sc. students will produce a dissertation on a chosen subject related to their field of study.
Teaching of the clinical specialist modules takes places on clinical sites for the most part.
Full-time students attend on scheduled Wednesdays and Thursdays.
- be currently working in mental health/mental illness field; and
- normally hold an honours degree in a relevant discipline; or
- otherwise satisfy the selection panel that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the programme.
Note, this course is open to a wide range of professionals. Nurses undertaking this course must have current registration on the appropriate division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland live register.
All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:
- IELTS: Grade 6.5
- TOEFL: 230-computer based, 570 paper based
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C
2016 annual tuition fees are as follows:
- M. Sc. in Mental Health 2016 Year One annual tuition fees for New Entrants: EU: €4,750, non-EU: €9,500
- M. Sc. in Mental Health 2016 Year Two annual tuition fees for New Entrants: EU: €4,750, non-EU: €9,500
M. Sc. in Mental Health 2014 Year One annual tuition fees for New Entrants: EU: €8,750, non-EU: €17,500
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Last updated February 8, 2017