The overall aim of the MSc in Nursing is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to develop and enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to care for patients/clients to the highest professional standards across the health care continuum. The modules offered are grounded in a body of evidence-based knowledge that promotes excellence in nursing practice.

Entry requirements

A registered nurse/ midwife on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

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 - For information on RPL click here

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

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Year 1

Autumn Semester
• Health Research Methods – Methodology (12 Credits)
• Leading and Managing Practice (9 Credits);
• Choice of One Elective Module (9 Credits);
• Principles of Primary and Community Care
• Supporting Perinatal Mental Health
• Principles Underpinning Dementia Care
• Advanced Assessment in Respiratory Nursing
• Principles of Palliative Care in Practice
• Principles Underpinning Perioperative Nursing
• Theories of Psychosocial Assessment and Care
• Philosophical Underpinnings of Gerontology care

Spring Semester
• Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare (12 Credits)
• Choice of Two Elective Module (9 Credits);
• Safety Planning and Risk Management in Healthcare
• Intercultural Care
• Health Promotion in Nursing / Midwifery Practice
• Therapeutic Engagement
• Therapeutic Interventions in Dementia Care
• Therapeutic Interventions in Palliative Care
• Managing and Co-Ordinating Perioperative Care
• Psychosocial Interventions
• Therapeutic Interventions in Respiratory Care
• Tracheostomy Care
• Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare
• Perinatel Bereavement and Loss
• Managing and Co-ordinating of Gerontology Care

Year 2

Autumn Semester
• Dissertation

Spring Semester
• Dissertation 2


2 Years Full Time

The MSc Nursing/Midwifery will be offered as a full time programme 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

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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