Course Overview

IMPORTANT: this course is now not on offer for entry 2016.

This programme aims to produce creative, innovative and reflective expert professionals who are committed to working in partnership to promote recovery and make a real difference. This is a time of unprecedented opportunity for registered psychiatric nurses to develop pivotal roles, strengthen leadership and advance practice, and to improve the user and carer experience. It is important for students to develop new roles and responsibilities, work more flexibly across boundaries and in new locations, and place service users and carers at the centre of activities.

The course is approved by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann and has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills.

Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Modules are assessed using a combination of coursework and examinations.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

1. Be a registered nurse on the Psychiatric Nurse division of the Register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann;

2. Have a minimum of one year post-registration experience;

3. Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., Mental Health, and have, as a minimum, six months’ clinical experience in this specialist area, working in a setting which requires their to care for mentally ill clients;

4. Satisfy the selection panel that they have the ability to complete the programme;

5. Have an honours Bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8 in nursing or a comparable qualification.

Applicants who do not hold an honours degree or Higher Diploma (Level 8) may apply but must clearly demonstrate their capacity to complete a programme at this level. In addition to the other requirements outlined above, these applicants are required to submit a 1,000-word, literature-based essay. To be considered for admission, this essay must be at the level expected of an Honours degree candidate (Level 8).

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

Not applicable: this course is now not on offer for entry 2016.

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Not applicable: this course is now not on offer for entry 2016.

Next start date

Not applicable: this course is now not on offer for entry 2016.

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting



PAC code


Course Outline

The programme comprises seven of these modules:

  • Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice (core)
  • Using Research in Practice (core)
  • Collaboration and Interagency Working
  • Recovery for Mental Health Practice
  • Psychosocial Interventions: Evidence Based Recovery Practice
  • Optional module
  • Service Improvement (core)
  • Clinical Assessment 1, 2, and 3.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates have improved their skills and knowledge, enhancing their potential for career advancement within existing teams and in new services.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,500 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€6,276 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

Find out More

Andrew Hunter
T: +353 91 495 823