Course Overview

The Master of Health Sciences/Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Community Mental Health) totalling 90 ECTS is delivered over 2 academic years. On successful completion of Postgraduate Diploma phase of the programme, students can then chose two options:

  • Option One: Exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Community Mental Health)
  • Option Two: Continue their studies, for one further academic year, bypassing the Postgraduate Diploma (Community Mental Health) award, and continuing to complete a 30 ECTS research dissertation module for the award of Master of Health Sciences (Community Mental Health).

Note: Students who elect to continue on to complete the Master’s programme, will at the end of their studies hold a Master of Health Sciences qualification (not both a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master of Health Sciences award).

The theoretical component of the Postgraduate Diploma part of the programme is comprised of six modules. One of the modules is a clinical placement. Four are theoretical modules and are core to the programme. The remainder is optional i.e. you have a choice of one module among four (see program outline for further details). The four optional modules are comprised of the areas relevant to the clinical care programmes in mental health.

A variety of teaching strategies are employed in this programme reflecting the notion of adult learning. These include lectures; enquiry/problem based learning, practical skills workshops, inductive discussion, e-tivities, facilitated discussion boards, group reflection and individual reflection on practice. Self-directed learning is also incorporated into the programme allowing students autonomy in choice and independence in learning. Reflection on practice allows students to link theory with practice and link practice to an evidence base. Enquiry/problem based learning facilitates the student to learn through a process of enquiry encouraging student autonomy, independence of learning and engages the student in the learning process. 

 

Applications and Selections

For those who meet the entry requirements, initial selection will be made on the basis of a completed ‌application form.

MHSc - PG Diploma (Community Mental Health) Application Form 2021

Community Mental Health Stand Alone Modules: 
MHSc-PG Diploma (Community Mental Health) 1st Module Application Form 2021

‌Applications close on 28th May 2021.
Late applicants may be considered.

 

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

  • Be a Registered Psychiatric Nurse on the Psychiatric Division of the active register maintained by NMBI.
  • Be currently practicing as a psychiatric nurse.
  • Have at least 18 months post-registration experience in psychiatric nursing (exclusive of post-registration courses).
  • Hold a primary degree in nursing. If applicants do not have a primary degree in nursing, they will be invited to complete an access course (1 day attendance in college). Upon successful completion of this access course, students can then be enrolled onto the Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Community Mental Health) Level 9.
  • International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. A score of 6.5 in the IELTS Academic Test is required. This equates to a score of 570 in TOEFL.

Additional Requirements

Duration

One year, part-time (PG Diploma)
Additional year, part-time (MHSc)

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

35

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

28th May 2021 (Late applicants may be considered)

NFQ level

Level 9

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

60 (PG Diploma) / 90 (MHSc)

Award

Master of Health Sciences (Community Mental Health)
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Community Mental Health)

CAO

Course code

Course Outline

There are five core modules and then students can choose one optional module from a list of four below*.

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Community Mental Health)

  • Recovery Orientated Mental Health Care
  • Therapeutic Communication
  • Advanced Research Skills
  • Primary and Community Mental Health Care
  • Professional Practice (Clinical)

*Student can also choose one module from the following four modules:

  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Assessing and Managing Individuals Following Deliberate Self-harm
  • Early Intervention for People Who Experience First Episode Psychosis
  • Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Adults

Master of Health Sciences (Community Mental Health) 

  • Research Dissertation

Induction days for this programme is week beginning Monday 13th September 2021 (compulsory).
2021-2022 Attendance Dates
Day Number Date Module
1 21/09/2021 Recovery Orientated Mental Health Care
2 05/10/2021 Recovery Orientated Mental Health Care
3 12/10/2021 Recovery Orientated Mental Health Care
4 19/10/2021 Therapeutic Communication
5 02/11/2021 Therapeutic Communication
6 16/11/2021 Therapeutic Communication
7 11/01/2022 Option 1: Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
7 12/01/2022 Option 2: Early Interventions for People Who Experience First Episode Psychosis
7 13/01/2022 Option 3: Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Adults
7 14/01/2022 Option 4: Assessing and Managing Individuals Following Deliberate Self-harm
8 18/01/2022 Advanced Research Skills
9 25/01/2022 Option 1: Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
9 26/01/2022 Option 2: Early Interventions for People Who Experience First Episode Psychosis
9 27/01/2022 Option 3: Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Adults
9 28/01/2022 Option 4: Assessing and Managing Individuals Following Deliberate Self-harm
10 01/02/2022 Option 1: Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
10 02/02/2022 Option 2: Early Interventions for People Who Experience First Episode Psychosis
10 03/02/2022 Option 3: Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Adults
10 04/02/2022 Option 4: Assessing and Managing Individuals Following Deliberate Self-harm
11 15/02/2022 Advanced Research Skills
12 15/03/2022 Advanced Research Skills
13 22/03/2021 Primary and Community Mental Health Care
14 05/04/2021 Primary and Community Mental Health Care
15 26/04/2021 Primary and Community Mental Health Care

Further Education

On successful completion of Postgraduate Diploma phase of the programme students can then chose two options.

  • Option One: Exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Community Mental Health)
  • Option Two: Continue their studies, for one further academic year, bypassing the Postgraduate Diploma (Community Mental Health) award, and continuing to complete a 30 ECTS research dissertation module for the award of Master of Health Sciences (Community Mental Health).

Note: Students who elect to continue on to complete the Master’s programme, will at the end of their studies hold a Master of Health Sciences (Community Mental Health) qualification (not both a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master of Health Sciences award).

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Students are able to build upon their previous nursing expertise with education in the area of Mental Health Nursing. They are able to respond proactively to changes in their practice and work environment and become key drivers in the development of their professional practice. This programme provides a pathway to Masters level education. 

Why Choose the Master of Health Sciences/Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Community Mental Health)?

  • Programme accredited by NUI Galway
  • Blended Learning Options.
  • Providing education in specialist subject areas of Mental Health
  • Mental Health is a growing specialist area in Nursing

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

The Professional Practice module aims to expose the student to contemporary mental health care in the community for a minimum of 300 hours. As well as exposure to as many aspects as possible of community mental health care, the student will take on a caseload which offers him/her the diversity of conditions and challenges to facilitate completion of the clinical competency document as well as the associated clinical portfolio. The student will have a preceptor will help to facilitate the placement as well as assess the student's competence throughout the placement.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€8,000 (2021/2022)

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

 

Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility

Find out More

Tom O'Grady
Course Co-ordinator
School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies
T: +353 (0)71 9135624
M:+353 (0)87 1210602
E: togrady@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

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                           What Our Students Say

Killian

Killian Hynes |   PG Diploma in Nursing (Community Mental Health)

The supportive environment of St Angela's provided a wonderful learning experience, the access we had to our tutor Tom was incredible and his dedication and motivation kept you going as well, particularly when busy with your own Job and family etc. Each day you left with new learning.

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