Bachelor of Nursing Science (Psychiatric)
College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences
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.
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.
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.
Next start date: September 2013
Entry points(2012): range 410* - 505 (*Not all on these points were offered a place)
A Level Grades (2012): ABB (A-Level) & c (AS) or equivalent combination
Average intake: 15
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
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
Altranais regulations, the total requirements of the programme are 144 weeks clinical placement. During the clinical internship period, students are paid a salary.
Fees for this course
EU (Total): €7,330 p.a. 2014/15 (Inclusive of Levy & SCC)
- Tuition: €4,356 p.a. 2014/15
- Student contribution: €2,750 p.a. 2014/15
- Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €2,750 - 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.
"...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!..."