Perinatal Mental Health MSc

University of Limerick
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2023

About this program

Perinatal Mental Health MSc

The overall aim of the Master of Perinatal Mental Health program 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 program is to prepare practitioners for the challenges of leading and delivering quality of perinatal mental health care. To achieve this goal the program 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.

Admission 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 program 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.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Health Research Methods - Methodology ( 12 Credits)
  • Supporting Perinatal Mental Health (9 Credits)
  • Leading and Managing Practice (9 Credits)
  • Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare (12 Credits)
  • Therapeutic Engagement (9 Credits)
  • Perinatal Bereavement and Loss (9 Credits)

Year 2

  • Dissertation 1
  • Dissertation 2

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


Tuition fee varies, please visit the university's website for more information.


On completion of the program 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

Career paths

Successful completion of the Masters in Perinatal Mental Health program will provide students with the academic qualifications necessary for enhancing their professional role in the healthcare environment.

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University of Limerick

The University of Limerick (UL) is renowned for its graduate employability, dedication to the student experience, industry-relevant programmes, award-winning research, stunning campus and UL`s deep commitment to community engagement. With close to 16,000 students, including 3,000 international students, UL is...

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University of Limerick
V94 T9PX Limerick

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