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Perinatal Mental Health, MSc

Course Details

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 2 Years

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Contact(s):

Name:
Annmarie Grealish
Address:
Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Email:
Annmarie.Grealish@ul.ie
Tel:
+353 61 202991
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Brief Description

The overall aim of the Master of Perinatal Mental Health programme is to support health care professionals to work more effectively with parents and their families experiencing perinatal mental health issues. A key goal of this programme is to prepare practitioners for the challenges of leading and delivering quality of perinatal mental health care.

The overall aim of the Master of Perinatal Mental Health programme is to support health care professionals to work more effectively with parents and their families experiencing perinatal mental health issues. A key goal of this programme is to prepare practitioners for the challenges of leading and delivering quality of perinatal mental health care. To achieve this goal the programme content focusses on providing practitioners with the theoretical underpinnings for the development of knowledge and skills in areas of assessment, screening and therapeutic interventions for persons with perinatal mental health issues.

The programme is listed as full time but is taken on a part time basis.

On completion of the programme students will be able to:

  • Appraise evidence informing health care practice in monitoring, coordinating and managing perinatal mental health
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the assessment and care required to support perinatal mental health
  • Critically review current innovations and developments within perinatal mental health
  • Discuss factors that influence practice and theoretical knowledge in relation to perinatal mental health
  • Value the collaboration within interprofession teams in the provision of quality perinatal mental health care delivery
  • Critically discuss the individual roles of the interprofessional team in the provision of effective perinatal mental health care
  • Demonstrate the critical thinking skills and the ethical decision making required in the provision of perinatal mental health care
  • Critically evaluate, generate and conduct research that will incorporate evidence based practice in perinatal mental health
  • Critically appraise strategies to promote, maintain and restore perinatal mental health in relevant care groups
  • Critically appraise international and national strategies that are relevant to advancing perinatal mental health care
  • Demonstrate synthesis in the integration of national and international evidence to inform perinatal mental health care
Year 1 Year 2
Autumn Semester Autumn Semester
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  • Health Research Methods - Methodology ( 12 Credits)
  • Supporting Perinatal Mental Health (9 Credits)
  • Leading and Managing Practice (9 Credits)
  • Dissertation 1 ( 9 Credits)
Spring Semester Spring Semester
  • Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare (12 Credits)
  • Therapeutic Engagement (9 Credits)
  • Perinatal Bereavement and Loss (9 Credits)
  • Dissertation 2 (21 Credits)

The programme is listed as full time but is taken on a part time basis. The 90 credit consists of six modules in Year One (60 credits) and a dissertation project in Year 2 (30 credits).  In year one students undertake three theory modules in each semester, a total of six modules in year one of the programme. Students are required to attend in University for a total of 13 days in year one, one introductory day and 6 lecture days in the Autumn and Spring semesters. In year two students will be required to complete a small scale research project, a systematic review, or a practice based enquiry within a supported framework. Students will be required to attend for three introductory days in the Autumn semester of year 2. They will be assigned an academic supervisor and will meet as required with their supervisor during completion of year 2.
Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

 

Students would normally possess a primary degree (Minimum 2.2) or show evidence of recognized prior learning (RPL) as outlined in the (RPL) policy of the University and Department of Nursing and Midwifery.  Students must hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration with relevant regulatory professional body.  Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick.

The MSc in Perinatal Mental Health will be offered as a full time programme but taken on a part time basis over two years with the option of an exit award on completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma). Students can also opt to progress to year two for the MSc award having attained a minimum QCA of 2.00 at the end of year one.

What to Upload with your Application:

Standard Degree Applicants / Include with your application

  • Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)
  • English language qualifications where English is not your first language (taken in the last 2 years)
  • Copy of current professional registration with relevant regulatory professional body
  • A copy of  birth certificate/passport

Recognized Prior Learning Applicants / who do not meet standard entry requirements / Include with your application

  • A copy of birth certificate/passport
  • A copy of current professional registration with relevant regulatory professional body
  • 1000 word typed Recognized Prior Learning Statement
  • Copies of all certificates or diploma’s as part of prior learning to date

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

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The overall aim of the Master of Science in Perinatal Mental Health is to provide healthcare professionals with the opportunity to develop and enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to care for woman and their families to the highest professional standards across the health care continuum. The modules offered are grounded in a body of evidence-based knowledge that promotes excellence in practice. Successful completion of the Masters in Perinatal Mental Health programme will provide students with the academic qualifications necessary for enhancing their professional role in the healthcare environment. The programme will provide opportunities to explore research in order to further develop evidence-based practice. An essential element of the programme is the application of the specific modules to the students clinical and practice environment.