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Master in Science in Mental Health - Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health strand - An Interdisciplinary Course

Key Facts

Course Code: : DPTNM-MHEA-1F09

Duration: 2 years part-time

Next Intake: September annually

Closing date for applications: 31 July

Location: 24 D'Olier Street

International Students: Mental Health

Fees: Further information on course fees can be found at Academic Registry.


This course is designed to enhance the collaboration between disciplines working with children, adolescents and families with mental health problems. Participants on this course will come from a variety of professions: nursing; medicine; occupational therapy; speech and language therapy; social work; psychology; psychotherapy; teaching and education services. Students are required to attend clinical practice placements, undertake clinical competency assessments and complete a clinical portfolio.

Structure & Delivery

Year One

Commences with a full week in September and thereafter one day per week for the remainder of the academic year.

Year Two

Attendance at workshops throughout the academic year

A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content which includes lectures, group discussions and self-directed learning. The assessment process is a combination of written and practical assignments. This course includes clinical and practice based learning and assessment and students may be required to attend additional sessions at associated service provider sites as well as at the student’s practice base during Year One of the course.

Course Content

Postgraduate Certificate in Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health

Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health – Child, Adolescent and Family
Year One

Master in Science in Mental Health in Mental Health – Child, Adolescent and Family
Year One

Year Two

Entry Requirement

The criteria for admission are that the candidate must

  • Currently employed in the area of mental health / mental illness / child, adolescent and family services and have Garda clearance for working with children and adolescents
  • 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
  • Nurses and midwives must be currently registered on the appropriate division of the live register held by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Documentation required to complete application

  • 1 academic and 1 professional reference from the employer or work practice area. Each reference should confirm the potential and suitability of the applicant to undertake the course
  • Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
  • Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses
  • A letter of support from your employer

Flexibility in Progression from P.Grad.Cert. and P.Grad.Dip. to M.Sc.

Students who wish to undertake the P.Grad.Certificate consisting of three specialist modules, each of 10 ECTS credits, totalling 30 ECTS credits, should apply directly for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist: Mental Health – Child, Adolescent and Family course code PCNMMHCF-1SP . Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (P.Grad.Cert) or may progress further on the Postgraduate Diploma (P.Grad.Dip.) and Master (M.Sc.) programme.

Otherwise, students who wish to apply for the M.Sc. or P.Grad.Dip Programme apply directly for the M.Sc. in Mental Health – Child, Adolescent and Family. Upon successful completion of six modules, each of 10 ECTS credits, totalling 60 ECTS credits, students may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (P.Grad.Dip.) or may progress further on the Master (M.Sc.) programme.

Students who are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma may progress to undertake a M.Sc. within five years of first entering the Certificate or Diploma.


All applicants to the School of Nursing and Midwifery whose first language is not English or 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 overall with a minimum of grade of 6 in each category
  • TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based. The test taken here should be TOEFL IBT
  • University of Cambridge:
    Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
    Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
  • An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-sessional Pathway Programme
  • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020

The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is an academic English course for international students with conditional offers for postgraduate study at Trinity. Passing the programme means you meet Trinity’s English language requirement and can progress to your postgraduate course without retaking IELTS or any other exam. Click here for Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme.

Please also note that existing IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and PET scores up to three years old (rather than two) will be accepted for 2020/21 applications in light of test centre closures.

For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.