Nursing - Mental Health Nursing

B.Sc. (Cur.) Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)
4 Years Full-Time
59 Places
CAO Points 326 (2023)
CAO Code TR095


What is a Nurse?

The role of the nurse is to provide evidence-based, culturally-sensitive care in order to assist the individual to lead an independent healthy lifestyle, overcome ill health or experience a peaceful death. The nurse achieves this through working as part of a professional multidisciplinary team to provide primary healthcare, acute hospital care, community and home and continuing care, based on individual and population health needs across the lifespan.

Students of nursing learn about caring and the complexities of health and illness through interactive teaching and learning strategies in the classroom and the healthcare environment. Practice (clinical and community) experience provides the student with opportunities to integrate the art and science of nursing and promotes the development of caring relationships with patients and their families and significant others.

Nursing practice, rooted in compassion, draws upon extensive knowledge and experience to provide physical and psychological care of the highest quality. Nurses take centre stage in ensuring efficient and effective delivery of accessible, integrated and consumer-driven healthcare, creatively designing health related services, and ensure quality through advocacy, policy-making, service management, education and research.

The four-year nursing courses (the Children’s and General Integrated stream lasts for 4.5 years) are offered in partnership with six health service providers. Trinity’s linked health service providers for this course are:

Mental health nursing

  • HSE South & West Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Mental Health Services
  • St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services

Nursing: The course for you?

Do you love working with and for the benefit of people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds?

If you want a rewarding and respected career with great employment and travel opportunities, then the professional course in nursing could be for you.

A genuine interest in people and a desire to care for others are core requirements for any individual who wishes to become a nurse. In addition, you will need to have a keen interest in healthcare and be capable of working as part of a team. Like all professional courses in health sciences, nursing places extra demands on students’ time. It can be demanding, both physically and emotionally and so you should ensure that you are in a position to fully engage with the course during your time in Trinity.

Nursing at Trinity

The School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, has a world renowned reputation and courses are taught by academics at the top of their discipline and profession. With more than 1,000 undergraduate nursing students in Trinity, you will become part of a vibrant student community – the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin is the largest School of Nursing and Midwifery in the country.

You will have the opportunity to meet and mix with students from all nursing disciplines and midwifery profession as you study core modules together. You will also form cohesive bonds within your own discipline as you begin to specialise within your chosen area of nursing.

Nursing students are taught theory predominantly in the School of Nursing and Midwifery building on D’Olier Street, which is a wonderful historic building in the heart of the capital. The School is a great place to learn and interact with classmates and with its close proximity to Trinity’s main campus, nursing students are never far from the centre of student life.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

Graduates from the Trinity School of Nursing and Midwifery will be competent, innovative, and caring professionals who are capable of leading change, shaping policy and responding to an ever evolving healthcare environment.

You will be qualified to continue your education and further specialise should you wish to do so. The Trinity School of Nursing and Midwifery offers a wide range of postgraduate courses for furthering your studies.

There are QQI/FET routes available for TR091, TR093, TR095 and TR097. Please see for details.

Your degree and what you’ll study

This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and, professional values necessary to provide high-quality, competent and caring practice in your chosen discipline of nursing. There are two components to the nursing degree course; a theoretical component and a practice (clinical/community) component.

Theoretical component

The theoretical component will be taught in the Trinity School of Nursing and Midwifery building, the main Trinity campus and in the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences in St. James’s Hospital. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, practical classes, clinical skills laboratories, group teaching, web-based learning and reflective workshops.

A combination of examinations, essays, clinical projects, clinical skills, laboratory techniques, literature reviews (review of past and current literature relating to the subject matter), reflective practice (thinking about an experience and reflecting on its meaning) and clinical assessments are used.

Click here for further information on modules/subject.

Practice (clinical/community) component

For the practice component you will be linked with one of the health service providers and also have clinical/community placements in a variety of settings. During the fourth year of the course you will undertake a 36-week roster of continuous placement. This placement spans the fourth and fifth years of the course.

Mental health nursing

Mental health nursing is a highly rewarding specialist nursing discipline. As a mental health nurse you will work with people who experience mental health difficulties in a variety of contexts. Mental health nurses work in partnership with the person and their family/advocate to enable them to mobilise their own inner as well as professional resources, in a way that promotes personal growth, maximum development of potential and recovery.

  • Mental Health nursing (inpatient mental health services).
  • Mental Health nursing in the community.
  • Specialist Mental Health nursing (such as in Clinical Nurse Specialist/Advanced Nurse Practitioner led services, drug/alcohol dependence, suicide/self-harm prevention, child and young person services and forensic mental health nursing).
  • Mental Health in older life.
  • Adult general nursing.
  • Management and leadership.

Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (R.P.N.)

What health service provider will you be training with?

When you accept an offer for one of the nursing courses you will receive orientation information from Trinity. This information contains a form asking you to indicate which health service provider you would prefer to be linked with. Requests are dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. Where possible you will be assigned your first choice. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, you will be assigned your second choice. A reserve list is held and if a vacancy arises it may be possible to transfer to your first choice. Most students are allocated their first choice of health service provider.

International placements during training

The Erasmus programme enables students to study at another European university as part of their university degree. This is an exciting opportunity for students to experience a core clinical placement in another EU healthcare system for a maximum period of eight weeks. Erasmus exchange takes place in semester two of second year and semester one of third year.

We have partnerships with many EU universities for our various nursing and midwifery courses. Students currently have the opportunity to go on Erasmus to the following (dependent upon profession or nursing discipline): Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland; University of Malta; University of South Wales; LUND University, Sweden; University of Northern Denmark, Aalborg, Denmark; Hanze University College, Groningen, Netherlands; University of Applied Science, Maastricht, Netherlands; and Wolverhampton University, UK.

Study Nursing or Midwifery at Trinity

This is a short presentation by Dr. Damien Brennan giving an overview of the Nursing and Midwifery courses available at Trinity College Dublin.

Course Details


B.Sc. (Cur.) Honours Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)

CAO Information

CAO Points 326 (2023) CAO Code TR095

Number of Places

59 Places
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Admission Requirements

This programme is not open to non-EU applicants. Please refer to this page to determine if you are considered a non-EU applicant.

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H6 in Mathematics

O6/H6 in one of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics/Chemistry or Agricultural Science


Grade C/5 in Mathematics

Grade C/5 in one of Biology, Physics or Chemistry

International Baccalaureate:

SL Grade 4 in Mathematics

SL Grade 4 in one of Biology, Physics or Chemistry

Mature Students:

Applications must be received by the CAO by 1st February of the proposed year of entry. You are not required to submit a mature-student supplementary application form to Trinity. However, you will be invited to attend a written assessment by the Nursing Careers Centre.

Entrants will have to pass Trinity's health screening requirements. You can learn more at:

Students will also be required to undergo Garda Vetting. For further details, see:

Course Fees

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To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

EU Applicants

Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

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