Bachelor of Nursing Science (Psychiatric)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

What our lecturers say

What our lecturers say
Psychiatric Nursing

What our students say

What our students say
Studying Psychiatric Nursing

Course overview

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.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O 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.

Additional requirements

All successful applicants who are offered places on the degree programme will be required to have medical screening and Garda vetting: this will include medical assessment, screening and, if necessary, vaccination prior to the first clinical placement, in accordance with the policies of NUI Galway and the HSE West.

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2016

Entry points(2015): 440

A Level Grades (2015): BBB & c(AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 15

Course outline

Year 1 - 3

  • Biological Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Nursing Skills
  • Nursing Practice
  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Research

Year 4

  • Research
  • 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

Further education

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.

Find out more

The School of Nursing and Midwifery
T 353 (0)91 493 432
F 353 (0)91 494 537

CAO code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,330 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,106 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

EU Fees 2015/16:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees 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.

Current Students

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!..."