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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Mental Health)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Mental Health)
Bachelor Honours Degree

CAO points:
Course code:
4 Years
* Indicates that not all applicants who scored these points were offered places.
† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.
Course leader:
Teresa Touhy
Email: Tel:

Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus


About You

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, Tipperary North). 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.

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.

NM4131 Shared Module:
Promoting Safety within a
Healthcare Context
NM4171 Practice Placement 1  
NS4121 Shared Module:
Foundations for Engaged Learning
NM4092 Shared Module:
Introduction to Health and Health Promotion
NM4261 Introduction to Mental Health Nursing NM4122 Nursing the Person with Comorbid Physical and Mental Health Disorders  
NM4271 Introduction to Mental Health Disorders and Recovery NM4152 Shared Module:
Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing & Midwifery 2
NM4151 Shared Module:
Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing & Midwifery 1
PS4062 Shared Module:
Introduction to Psychology applied to Nursing and Midwifery
NM4161 Shared Module:
Communication and interpersonal Relationships in Nursing & Midwifery
NM4172 Practice Placement 2 NM4193 Practice Placement 3  
NM4273 Introduction to Psychosocial interventions NM4154 Promoting Recovery in Persons Experiencing Psychosis  
NM4283 Promoting Recovery in Persons Experiencing Mood and Emotional Disorders NM4164 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Older Persons  
NM4173 Shared Module:
Biological Sciences Applied to Nursing & Midwifery 3
NM4243 Shared Module:
Nursing Individuals Living with Long Term Conditions
NM4183 Shared Module:
Principles of Infection Prevention & Control for Nurses and Midwives
NM4104 Shared Module:
Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery Practice
NM4022 Shared Module:
Pharmacology for Nurses and Midwives
S04014 Shared Module
Sociology of Health and Illness for Nursing and Midwifery
    NM4115 Practice Placement  
NM4125 Practice Placement 5 NM4076 Shared Module:
Nursing in Primary and Community Settings
    NM4086 Shared Module:
Research and Evidence in
    NM4165 Child and Adolescent Mental Health  
    NM4056 Crisis Resolution and Risk Management in Mental Health Care  
    NM4116 Shared Module:
Transition Towards a Competent
NM4126 Practice Placement 6 NM4097 Practice Placement 7  
NM4067 Shared Module:
Practice Research Project
NM4008 Practice Placement 8  
NM4077 Shared Module :
Leading and Managing in Quality Practice
NM4147 Mental Health Nursing and Complex Care Needs      

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.

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.

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.

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. Go to the UL Admissions QQI page for a full list of modules.

Mature Students:

Applicants who wish to be considered for a place on the grounds of mature years must satisfy An 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.

In addition to the CAO application, applicants must also register and apply through the PAS website www.publicjobs.ie This is required as PAS undertakes the written assessment on behalf of the NCC. Mature applicants may also be considered on the basis of educational qualifications. 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 https://www.nursingcareers.ie

The B.Sc. Nursing (Mental Health) programme provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies to enable people with mental health problems to develop coping skills to maximise their potential for recovery. Mental Health Nurses practice as members of a multidisciplinary team across a broad range of areas, for example, adult inpatient and community-based services, child and adolescent services, specialist rehabilitation, liaison psychiatry, forensic mental health, addiction services, and primary care. Mental Health Nurses may progress their careers through advanced nursing studies, thus enabling them to LM152 Online assume roles as clinical nurse specialists and advanced nurse practitioners in mental health as well as roles in nursing education and research.

Follow-On Study

Graduates from this programme can pursue further study in nursing and healthcare. UL has a variety of Postgraduate, Masters and PhD programmes in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery.
Go to www.ul.ie/nm to find out more.

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Sarah Moloney
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.