Trinity College Dublin


The programme seeks to enable registered nurses to acquire the sophisticated knowledge, skills and decision-making abilities necessary to practice in dynamic healthcare environments. It is intended that graduates of this programme will be equipped to become leaders in their respective disciplines and to enhance nursing practice through their advanced research and critical thinking skills. On completion of this course participants will be able to:

Strengthen and develop their expertise in their area of practice through the use of enhanced knowledge, reflective skills and research-based practice.

Devise, implement, and evaluate methods for improving the quality of nursing care and /or nurse education provided in Ireland.

Exercise administrative and intellectual leadership in their profession and the disciplines contained within.

Extend their skills in the critical evaluation of research reports and plan, conduct and evaluate research studies.

Entry requirements

Registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or in the case of international applicants, be registered as a professional nurse who is entitled to practice as a qualified or registered nurse in their own country.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTION FOR NON-EU STUDENTS ONLY. When asked to submit ABA PIN please insert '0000' to bypass this question. For all other applicants you must enter your current NMBI PIN number.

An honors degree in nursing or a related discipline or equivalent professional and academic qualification.

Or otherwise satisfy the course committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course.

Documentation required to complete application:
Contact details of 2 academic referees
Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses.

All applicants to the School of Nursing and Midwifery whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:
• IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall with a minimum of grade of 6.5 in each category
• TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based. The test taken here should be TOEFL IBT
• University of Cambridge:
Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
• Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
• Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020
• An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-sessional Pathway Programme

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting, see for further details.

Application dates

Closing Date: 30th June 2023

Assessment Info

The assessment process used is a combination of written and online assessments.


1 year full-time/2 years part-time

Course Duration and Structure
The programme takes place over two years on a part-time basis or one year on a full-time basis.

A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content, including lectures, group discussion, Blackboard and self-directed learning. The assessment process used is a combination of written and online assessments.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2020

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
The M.Sc. in Nursing provides a pathway to career advancement and into management. Graduates often pursue careers in healthcare consulting, research and specialist nursing, including positions as advanced nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse administrator, nurse consultant, nurse educator, and research nurse.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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