Taught course

Perinatal Mental Health

University of Limerick · Faculty of Education and Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

Students would normally possess a primary degree (Minimum 2.2) or show evidence of recognized prior learning (RPL) as outlined in the (RPL) policy of the University and Department of Nursing and Midwifery. Students must hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration with relevant regulatory professional body. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick.

The MSc in Perinatal Mental Health will be offered as a full time programme but taken on a part time basis over two years with the option of an exit award on completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma). Students can also opt to progress to year two for the MSc award having attained a minimum QCA of 2.00 at the end of year one.

What to Upload with your Application:

Standard Degree Applicants / Include with your application

  • Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)
  • English language qualifications where English is not your first language (taken in the last 2 years)
  • Copy of current professional registration with relevant regulatory professional body
  • A copy of birth certificate/passport

Recognized Prior Learning Applicants / who do not meet standard entry requirements / Include with your application

  • A copy of birth certificate/passport
  • A copy of current professional registration with relevant regulatory professional body
  • 1000 word typed Recognized Prior Learning Statement
  • Copies of all certificates or diploma’s as part of prior learning to date

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Months of entry


Course content

The overall aim of the Master of Perinatal Mental Health programme is to support health care professionals to work more effectively with parents and their families experiencing perinatal mental health issues. A key goal of this programme is to prepare practitioners for the challenges of leading and delivering quality of perinatal mental health care. To achieve this goal the programme content focusses on providing practitioners with the theoretical underpinnings for the development of knowledge and skills in areas of assessment, screening and therapeutic interventions for persons with perinatal mental health issues.

The programme is listed as full time but is taken on a part time basis.

On completion of the programme students will be able to:

  • Appraise evidence informing health care practice in monitoring, coordinating and managing perinatal mental health
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the assessment and care required to support perinatal mental health
  • Critically review current innovations and developments within perinatal mental health
  • Discuss factors that influence practice and theoretical knowledge in relation to perinatal mental health
  • Value the collaboration within interprofession teams in the provision of quality perinatal mental health care delivery
  • Critically discuss the individual roles of the interprofessional team in the provision of effective perinatal mental health care
  • Demonstrate the critical thinking skills and the ethical decision making required in the provision of perinatal mental health care
  • Critically evaluate, generate and conduct research that will incorporate evidence based practice in perinatal mental health
  • Critically appraise strategies to promote, maintain and restore perinatal mental health in relevant care groups
  • Critically appraise international and national strategies that are relevant to advancing perinatal mental health care
  • Demonstrate synthesis in the integration of national and international evidence to inform perinatal mental health care

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Owen Doody
00 353 61 213367, Mobile: 00 353 86 8379781