Candidates for this course will be currently working in mental
health/mental illness field; and in the case of the Child,
adolescent and family strand, be working in child, adolescent
and family mental health services and have a minimum of one
year’s recent experience in the area of mental health/mental
illness; and in the case of the child, adolescent and family
strand, be 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.
Candidates will also 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 course.
Applications are made online at:
Months of entry
The Faculty of Health Sciences in conjunction with St
Patrick’s Hospital Mental Health Services is now offering
an interdisciplinary strand in Child, Adolescent and Family
as part of its taught M.Sc. in Mental Health programme.
Students will come from a variety of backgrounds including
nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, speech and
language therapy, social work, psychology, psychotherapy,
teaching and education services. The programme is firmly
grounded in a body of knowledge that aims to promote
excellence in the participant’s area of practice.
Child, Adolescent and Family strand of the M.Sc. in Mental
The Faculty of Health Sciences in conjunction with St Patrick’s
Hospital Mental Health Services is also now offering M.Sc. in
Mental Health (Child, Adolescent and Family strand). This course
offers the student two specialist modules in year one ‘Child
and Adolescent and Family Mental Health Interventions’ and
‘Theoretical and Evidenced Based Practices in Child, Adolescent
and Family Mental Health’, a number of core modules shared with
other M.Sc. students, as well as clinical placements.
Students are enabled to reflect, inquire, critique, problem
solve, evaluate and debate professional and practice issues
in an academically robust manner. Students are empowered
to generate evidence that will improve practice and are
guided and supported through that process. Graduates of
this programme, in applying their learning, can be expected
to provide high quality care, leadership and education and to
promote and develop excellence in their practice setting. The
student is viewed as an active participant with responsibility
for his/her own learning and development. Hence, the
curriculum is focused on a transactional model of education,
which strives to be collegial in nature and promotes
independent, self-directed learning and self-evaluation.
All students register on the M.Sc. course in the first instance.
Students may choose to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma
in Mental Health on successful completion of six modules.
Students who successfully complete all the required elements
of the M.Sc. course will be awarded an M.Sc. in Mental Health.
The Child, Adolescent and Family strand of the M.Sc. in Mental
Health may only be taken over two years.
Information for international students