Master in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing

Open Applications 2021/2022

Course presentation

The Master in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing was structured based on the latest theoretical references of Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, fulfilling the criteria defined for 2nd cycle students’ training, as well as the training requirements for the specialized level, defined by the Portuguese Nurses Professonal Order, International Council of Nurses and WHO.

It, thus, aims to train professionals on a 2nd cycle level and assign them with master’s skills, but also with competencies that respond to the profile of the specialist nurse in Mental Health Nursing, defined by the Order of Nurses and by several international organizations that regulate nursing practice.

The educational component proposed by this course aims at improving professional performance by seeking to contribute to the development of students’ skills in order to enable them for life long learning and develop skills to solve problems in new and/or complex situations in  multidisciplinary contexts; develop solutions and issue judgments, including reflections on their ethical and social implications and the communication of conclusions in a clear and unambiguous way.

This Master’s Degree will contribute to the existence of professionals who will constitute a critical
mass for the implementation of mental health policies in the region and to participate with other national and international health professionals in the organization of mental health care policies as well as in the design, execution and evaluation of health projects that aim at the well-being and quality of life related to the health of the populations.


It is intended to train nurses who, within the scope of their specialist mental health competencies, have:
a) Knowledge and understanding of mental health at a profound level and of the mentally ill person, family, group and community, that forms the basis for original development and / or applications, including the research context;
b) Ability to apply knowledge, understand and solve problems in new and unfamiliar situations, in multidisciplinary mental health settings;
c) Ability to integrate knowledge, deal with complex issues, develop solutions or make judgments in situations of limited / incomplete information, including reflections on ethical and social implications and responsibilities;
d) Ability to communicate their conclusions, knowledge and clinical reasoning in a clear and unambiguous manner;
e) Competences that enable them to lifelong learning, mostly in a self-directed and autonomous manner.

Curricular plan

CodeCurricular Unit Period ECTS Workload
Personal Development and Therapeutic Communication1st Semester665 h
Advanced Nursing1st Semester436 h
Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing1st Semester554 h
Nursing Management1st Semester332 h
Nursing Research1st Semester332 h
Neuropsychopathology1st Semester665 h
Nursing Ethics and Deontology1st Semester332 h
Systemic Family Approach / Family Therapy2nd Semester332 h
Mental Health Promotion and Prevention2nd Semester554 h
Models, methods and techniques of intervention in Mental Health2nd Semester775 h
Clinical Teaching of Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing2nd Semester15205 h
CodeCurricular Unit Period ECTS Workload
Elective I1st Semester30

Conditions of admission

The following may apply for enrollment and enrollment:

  1. Holders of a degree or equivalent qualification in Nursing;
  2. Holders of a foreign higher education degree, awarded following a first cycle of nursing studies, organized in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process by a State adhering to this Process, lasting 240 ECTS;
  3. Holders of a foreign higher education degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of the degree of Nursing degree by the ESSLei scientific board; or,
  4. Holders of a scientific or professional curriculum vitae who see their title /curriculum previously recognized by the ESSLei technical-scientific council.


More information

International Student
All information related to the  international student application should be consulted on our International Students webpage.

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