B.Sc. On Campus

Psychiatric Nursing (Honours)

Atlantic Technological University

48 months
6950 EUR/year
4106 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This four-year BSc Psychiatric Nursing (Honours) from the Atlantic Technological University offered in conjunction with HSE West and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) has been developed in response to the changing mental health needs of the Irish population. 


People with a mental illness are cared for in many different places such as hospitals, hostels, day centres, in the community and their own homes. We want to promote positive attitudes to mental health and to help people deal with any mental/emotional challenges they face in life.

What is great about this Psychiatric Nursing (Honours) programme from the Atlantic Technological University is that you will learn in so many different environments such as in the classroom, in a simulated community based apartment and on work placement.

A particularly important part of your learning experience will be improving how you relate to people so that you will be able to communicate with people with mental health challenges and form healing relationships with them and their families.

You will go on work placement in various home, residential and community settings throughout the Mayo/Roscommon region. Opportunities may also exist for students to avail of placements outside of these areas.

In fourth year you will undertake a thirty-six week paid internship, where you will gain more valuable practical experience. We also give you time each week when you can take time out from work to think and reflect on your work experience.

Job Opportunities

Graduates are entitled to entry to the professional register of Psychiatric Nurses maintained by An Bord Altranais and Chnáimhseachais na hÉireann.

You will be able to apply to work as registered psychiatric nurses in the Irish healthcare sector.

You will also be able to travel abroad and work as a psychiatric nurse anywhere in the world.

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • The Nature of Nursing
  • Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing Practice Studies
  • Psychosocial Approaches in Mental Health Care
  • Psychology and its Application to Nursing
  • Biological Science for Fundamental Nursing Knowledge and Skills
  • Biology in Mental Illness

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


240 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

For CAO entry, applicants must have obtained in the Leaving Certificate Examination a minimum of Grade H5 in two papers and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in four papers in the following subjects:

  • Irish or English

  • Mathematics,

  • A laboratory science subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry (Joint) or Agricultural Science)

For QQI FET Award entry, applicants must meet the following specific requirements: a pass with five distinctions in one of the following linked QQI FET Level 5/6 Awards:

  • DCHSN/5M4349 (Nursing Studies)

  • DCHSX/5M4468 (Community & Health Studies)

  • DHSXX/5M4339 (Healthcare Support)

  • 5M3782 (Health Service Skills)

A pass with distinction in each of the following modules must be included:

  • D20001/5N0749 (Anatomy & Physiology)

  • D20012/5N4325 (introduction to Nursing Theory & Practice, and

  • D20032/5N1279 (Human Growth and Development) or

  • C20006/5N2746 (Biology).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6950 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6950 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4106 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4106 EUR per year during 48 months.

Student Contribution: €3,000/year

Living costs for Galway

800 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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