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Master in Science in Mental Health

An Interdisciplinary programme

Key Facts


The Faculty of Health Sciences in partnership with the National Forensic service offers this taught Masters in Science in Mental Health programme. Students on this programme will come from a variety of backgrounds including nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, social work, Garda Siochana, legal, psychology, probation and prison services.

The aim of this programme is to strengthen and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the participants, thus enabling them to fulfil their highest potential in both their personal and professional lives. The design of the course is such that it enhances the collaboration between disciplines working with individuals with mental health problems. The programme is firmly grounded in a body of knowledge that aims to promote excellence in the participants area of practice.

Duration and course structure

The programme takes place over two years on a part-time basis or one year on a full-time basis.

A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content, including lectures, group discussion, Blackboard and self directed learning. The assessment process used is a combination of written and practical assignments.

It is expected that Year 1 of the part-time taught masters course will start with a full week on Monday 15th September 2014 and will continue with classes on the following Thursdays until 11 December 2014. It is expected that there will be a break then before it recommences on 15 January 2014 and continues on Thursdays until the end of March or early April. There is some web-based learning involved.

Although not yet confirmed, attendance in Year 2 of M.Sc. courses involves attending a selection of workshops run from September to March. (The last workshop is likely to be at the end of February 2015.)  These workshops are designed to support students as they progress through the various stages of their final year dissertation. Students will be free to attend any of the workshops on offer. At the end of Year 2, M.Sc. students will produce a dissertation on a chosen subject related to their field of study.

Teaching of the clinical specialist modules takes places on clinical sites for the most part.

Full-time students attend on scheduled Wednesdays and Thursdays.

International students should refer to the Mental Health (International) information.


The quota for the programme in 2014/2015 is expected to be a maximum of 21 students.

Location Trinity College Dublin and 24 D'Olier Street

Start date

September 2014.


  • be currently working in mental health/mental illness field; and
  • normally hold an honours degree in a relevant discipline; or
  • otherwise satisfy the selection panel that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the programme.

Note, this course is open to a wide range of professionals. Nurses undertaking this course must have current registration on the appropriate division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland live register.

International students should refer to the Mental Health (International) information.

Documentation required to complete application
  • 2 Academic references
  • Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
  • Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses

International students should refer to the Mental Health (International) information.

See additional note in the section below "How to apply".

Each applicant for a full-time taught masters course is required to submit a brief research plan as part of the application process. There are guidelines available for download to assist you.

This may assist prospective candidates in aligning their proposed research with the School’s research themes or provide ideas for potential research topics. Candidates are also welcome to submit proposals based on their own research interest. See the School's Research Matrix of current research area.

Should you have any queries about your research plan please contact the Course Co-ordinator directly; see below for contact details.

How to apply

An important note for those applying for the M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip./P.Grad.Cert in Mental Health: In the "Additional Information" section of the online application form your are asked to enter any additional information in support of your application.

In addition to any additional informatino provided, please indicate:
1. If your current intention is to exit with a P.Grad.Cert. or with a P.Grad.Dip. and
2. Referingr to the modules page at consider the options available and include your preferred choice of electives in your additional information supplied.

Apply online now on the Online Application System

International students should refer to the Mental Health (International) information.

Closing date and late applications

Applications for this course are currently being received online. Courses are usually advertised in early March of the year of entry and the normal closing date is 31st May 2014.

Always check these pages for current information on the application process and new information on late applications.

Flexibility in Progression in M.Sc. /P.Grad.Dip./ P.Grad.Cert. programmes


Further pathways options available for alumni who already hold a PGrad Dip, in respect of a programme which they successfully completed in the School of Nursing and Midwifery TCD within the past four years


All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:
IELTS: Grade 6.5
TOEFL: 230-computer based, 570 paper based
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C
Further information is available from Graduate Studies Office TCD

International students should refer to the Mental Health (International) information.

Course Content

List of modules and structure

Course Fees

2014 annual tuition fees are as follows:


M. Sc. in Mental Health 2014 Year One annual tuition fees for New Entrants: EU: €4,750, non-EU: €9,500
M. Sc. in Mental Health 2014 Year Two annual tuition fees for New Entrants: EU: €4,750, non-EU: €9,500


M. Sc. in Mental Health 2014 Year One annual tuition fees for New Entrants: EU: €8,750, non-EU: €17,500

International students should refer to the Mental Health (International) information.

Fee structure for the Psychosocial Interventions strand are different to above. Please see the Psychosocial Interventions page

Course Contacts

Michael Brennan, Programme Co-ordinator, tel 01 896 3950

Ms Ciara Flynn, Executive Officer, tel +353 1 896 3005

Ms.Anita Malzone, Executive Officer, tel +353 1 8963892


Information Flyer

Downloadable Flyer Mental Health Programme

See also

Downloadable Flyer Mental Health - Psychosocial Interventions

Note: The details outlined in this page are subject to change. The School of Nursing and Midwifery reserve the right to amend the contents of pages to reflect any curriculum and course management changes. The University of Dublin, Trinity College is not bound by errors in or omissions from this course information document.

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Last updated 27 May 2014 (Email).