Nursing - Advanced Practice Nursing

University College Cork

Nursing - Advanced Practice Nursing

Course Outline
Our MSc in Advanced Practice (Nursing/Midwifery) programme is designed to prepare nurses and midwives to practice at a higher level of capability in independent, autonomous, and expert practice, that is innovative, flexible, and patient-centred. The programme also prepares students for their role as clinical and professional leaders with a commitment to the dissemination of evidence-based knowledge and the instruction of others.

The clinical learning and preparation for advanced nursing and midwifery practice is addressed on both a theoretical and practice level and includes the required content for registration as a nurse midwife prescriber of medicinal products. The programme seeks to develop the leadership capacity of participants with professional and clinical leadership underpinning the theoretical and clinical aspects of the programme.

This MSc in Advanced Practice (Nursing/Midwifery) is a 2-year programme, approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, involving academic and practice learning and assessment. The programme is designed to recognise relevant prior learning of applicants and includes a number of exit routes for those who have completed learning towards registration as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Advanced Midwife Practitioner previously. Our aim, through the delivery of this programme, is to facilitate the needs of the students, whilst promoting excellence in nursing or midwifery practice and leadership.

Subjects taught

Year 1 (60 credits)

GP6002 Systematic Approach to Assessing and Evaluating Patients (10 credits)
NU5048 Professional, Ethical, Legal and Communication Issues Informing Nurse and Midwife Prescribing and Clinical Practicum (10 credits)
PF5011 Holistic Approach to Prescribing Medicinal Products and Clinical Practicum (10 credits)
MH6014 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)
NU6162 Decision Making, and Advanced Practice Professional roles (10 credits)
NU6163 Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance for Advanced Practice (10 credits)

Year 2 (50 credits)

NU6160 Dissertation for Advanced Practice Nursing (30 credits)
NU6161 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (20 credits)
Please see the Academic Calendar (MSc Nursing - Advanced Practice Nursing/Midwifery) for more information on course content.


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc in Advanced Practice (Nursing/Midwifery) must meet the following requirements:

Have a minimum of a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8, or equivalent) in Nursing or Midwifery or equivalent.

Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

The candidate must have three years' recent post registration clinical experience in nursing/midwifery (within the past 5 years) with the equivalent of one-year full-time experience in the specific area of practice.

Provide evidence of support from an employer and a completed Site Declaration Form Site Declaration Form MSc Advanced Practice Nursing 2022 signed by the Director of Nursing or Midwifery/Public Health/ authorised Nurse or Midwife Manager. This must contain confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor and/or Advanced Nurse or Midwife Practitioner mentor who will provide supervision, support and learning opportunities, including opportunities to practice under supervision to gain the required competencies and clinical competence to practice at an advanced level in nursing.

If required to complete the Nurse/Midwife Prescribing of Medicinal Products part of the programme, provide nomination and confirmation of a designated medical practitioner/mentor (completed Site Self-Declaration Form 2023 MSCANM Medic Prescribing Form, signed by the Medical Practitioner/Mentor) who will provide the student with supervision, support and opportunities including shadowing opportunities to gain the required competencies for nurse/midwife prescribing in their practice area/organisation.

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Application dates

The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June 2023

How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Deferrals are not permitted on this course.

Additional Requirements
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme and includes the following:

You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.

Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

Please upload certification of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

Please upload a letter from your employer confirming you have a minimum of 3 years post-registration experience completed within the past 5 years.

A Site Declaration form is required by all applicants; 2023 Site Declaration Form MSc APN

If you are required to complete the Nurse/Midwife Prescribing of Medicinal Products part of the programme as per entry requirement 5, an additional site declaration form is required: 2023 MSCANM Medic Prescribing Form


2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2020

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
This programme will enable students to develop skills and competence in advanced clinical practice, clinical leadership and scholarship. Students who successfully complete this programme will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse/Midwife Prescriber and a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner or a Registered Advanced Midwife Practitioner with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). This will open career opportunities in expansion of clinical practice in current or future roles as well as in advanced nursing or midwifery practice.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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