2024 HSE SPONSORSHIP STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH RECRUITMENT SCHEME (Post Graduate) Higher Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

 The HSE has ongoing opportunities for Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurses.  In order to meet this requirement it is the intention of the National Recruitment Service (NRS) to advertise the Higher Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Programme at 12 noon on Wednesday 22nd November 2023.  Applications will close at 12 noon on Wednesday 06th December 2023.

A panel will be formed as a result of this recruitment campaign, from which sponsorship places on the 2024 Higher Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Programme will be filled.

Successful candidates appointed from the panel, will undertake the Post Registration Higher Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Programme at University College Dublin (UCD). The course commencement date is Monday 15th April 2024.

Please see below the Eligibility Criteria for this campaign:


Candidates must at the latest date of application:


  1. Be registered on the Register of Nurses maintained by Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) or entitled to be so registered




  1. Have a minimum of 6 months post registration clinical nursing experience within the past 3 years, or it’s equivalent within the past 3 years if working less hours


 If Applicable


Meet the entry requirements set by UCD:



  • Provide evidence of having obtained an academic qualification, such as a diploma, degree or MSc, from an Irish university or wholly through the English language from a majority-English speaking country


  • Occupational English Test (OET) results are also accepted. These should be a minimum score of 350 on the OET.


 Applicants who are interested in attaining a place on the Sponsorship Programme, will need to apply online through PAC (Postgraduate Application Centre) at the link below:



For further information on the Programme and the Recruitment & Selection Process please read the Additional Campaign Information & the Job Specification which are available at the link below:



Further information on the HSE Mental Health Services, can be accessed at the link below: