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Psychiatric Nursing Science
This four-year programme, offered in partnership with the Health Service Executive West, leads to the award of Bachelor of Nursing Science (Psychiatric) and eligibility for registration in the Psychiatric Division of the Nurses’ Register, maintained by An Bord Altranais, the nursing profession’s regulatory body.
Psychiatric Nursing aims to assist in the recovery of people experiencing mental health issues and to promote mental health and wellbeing. At the heart of psychiatric nursing is the development of therapeutic relationships, engaging with patients, their carers and their families.
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Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science), and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Next start date
A Level Grades (2020)
Mode of study
Year 1 - 3
- Biological Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Nursing Skills
- Nursing Practice
- Mental Health Promotion
- Leadership and Clinical Governance in Nursing and Midwifery Practice
- Transition to Professional Practice in Nursing and Midwifery Practice
- Clinical/Theory instruction - Semester I
- Clinical internship which runs over 36 weeks - Semester II
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required NU185: Principles and Practice of Clinical Nursing 1 - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required NU184: The Nature of Mental Health Nursing - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required NU138: Practice Assessment (PY) - 0 Credits - Semester 2
Required NU104: Placement Hours - 0 Credits - Semester 2
Required NU183: Caring for Mental Health Service Users with Enduring Mental Health Needs 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required NU118: Clinical I & II - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Required NU182: Assessing and Promoting Health 1 - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required NU116: Social Sciences 1 - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Required NU115: Biological Sciences I - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required NU1106: Practice Assessment 2 (PY) - 0 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Required NU251: Caring for the Physically Ill and Older Adult - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Required NU231: Clinical Practice 3 & 4 - 20 Credits - Semester 3
Required NU245: Assessing and Promoting Health II - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required NU249: Biological Sciences II - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional NU915: Univ of Fairfield: Race, Cities and Poverty - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Required NU225: Practice Asessment - 0 Credits - Semester 4
Required NU252: Introduction to Bio-Psychosocial Interventions - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Required NU247: Research Methods I - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required NU248: Social Sciences II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required NU208: Specialist Placement Hours Module - 0 Credits - Semester 4
Optional NU905: Univ. of Fairfield: Elective Module (Free Choice) - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional NU901: Univ. of Fairfield: Research in Nursing - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional NU902: Univ. of Fairfield:Health Assessment - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional NU903: Univ. of Fairfield: Sociology of Law - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional NU904: Univ. of Fairfield: Elective Module (Psychology) - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional NU906: Univ. of Fairfield: Sociology of Law & Psychology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional NU911: Univ of Fairfield:Geriatric Nursing - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional NU914: Univ of Fairfield:Developmental Psych-Non Majors - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Year 3 (60 Credits)Required NU333: Research Methods II - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required NU306: Biological Sciences III - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Required NU348: Practice Assessment 2 (PY) - 0 Credits - Semester 5
Required NU350: Clinical Practice V & VI - 15 Credits - Semester 6
Required NU314: Elective - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required NU307: Caring for Mental Service Users with Specialist Service Needs - 15 Credits - Semester 6
Required NU337: Practice Assessment - 0 Credits - Semester 6
Required NU334: Social Sciences III - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Required NU399: Clinical Hours - 0 Credits - Semester 6
Year 4 (60 Credits)Required NU405: Leading & Developing Practice - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU499: Clinical Hours - 0 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU474: Clinical Practice VII - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU470: Practice Assessment - 0 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU488: Internship Assessment 3 - 0 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU489: Internship Assessment 4 - 0 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU475: Research Project - 20 Credits - Semester 8
Required NU471: Clinical Internship - 20 Credits - Semester 8
Required NU486: Internship Assessment 1 - 0 Credits - Semester 7
Required NU487: Internship Assessment 2 - 0 Credits - Semester 7
There are a variety of continuing professional development opportunities available to graduates of this programme, in particular postgraduate programmes within the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates of the Psychiatric Nursing degree programme will be in a position to work in a variety of settings, including:
- In-patient mental health services
- Community mental health services
- Child and adolescent services
- Voluntary organisations
- Recovery and rehabilitation services
- Services for older people
- Substance misuse treatment services
- Primary mental health care
Who’s Suited to This Course
Students undertake a 36-week clinical internship in semester two of year four. Clinical practice modules require students to complete clinical placements within the Health Service Executive West region. While on clinical placements, students will be supervised by an appropriately trained nurse. In accordance with An Bord
Altranais regulations, the total requirements of the programme are 144 weeks clinical placement. During the clinical internship period, students are paid a salary.
Related Student Organisations
Fees: Student Contribution
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
EU Fees 2020/21:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy: €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.
What Our Students Say
Evelyn Mullers | BSc (Psychiatric)
...I was always interested in caring for people, and I had a particular interest in mental health so deciding to be a psychiatric nurse was an easy decision. I chose to study Psychiatric Nursing at NUI Galway, because of the state of the art new nursing building on the campus, the nursing library which has great up-to-date books and accommodating staff; the wonderful new computer suites in the building, and the fact that the university is close to the hospital. Of course the social attractions in Galway were an added bonus!...