Nursing - Cancer Nursing

Cancer Nursing - PgDip Nursing and midwifery

Why study nursing and midwifery at RCSI Dublin?
Educating future leaders in healthcare delivery and related research is at the core of the mission of the RCSI School of Nursing & Midwifery. The School aims to develop caring, reflective nursing and midwifery practitioners who can seek out and use research-based knowledge to improve patient care.

We are committed to providing students with outcome-focused curricula shaped by innovative teaching and learning practices. We have a long association with postgraduate nursing and midwifery education and are the largest such school in Ireland.

We aspire to become recognised leaders in the provision of health sciences education, both nationally and internationally. The suite of programmes we offer nurses and midwives in pursuit of postgraduate education is continually evolving in response to the needs within the healthcare service.

Our goal is to empower nurses and midwives to be able to demonstrate the difference they make to practice, and in doing so, to be able to respond accordingly to the leadership and professional challenges that they face every day.

Course Details
Specialist knowledge and skills are an essential component in the multidisciplinary management of oncology patients. This fully accredited one-year part-time programme in Cancer Nursing – delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital – is for nurses working in an oncology setting, to help develop their clinical knowledge, judgement and practice to an advanced level.

Learning outcomes
This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically:

• Discuss and demonstrate advanced decision-making skills relating to leadership and management in the cancer setting.

• Evaluate and utilise advanced knowledge and critical thinking skills relating to the nursing management of the major cancer diseases and side effects.

• Discuss and demonstrate advanced clinical decision-making skills to manage patient caseload incorporating nursing interventions and psychosocial aspects.

• Discuss and evaluate the nurses role in education and dissemination of knowledge to patients/relatives/staff.

• Evaluate the role of the nurse in the primary and secondary prevention of cancer disease incorporating best evidence based practice.

• Evaluate and utilise advanced knowledge and critical thinking skills relating to the path physiology/epidemiology/genetic and other risk factors associated with cancer.

Subjects taught

The programme consists of three core modules and three specialist oncology modules and uses a blended learning approach, utilising lectures, clinical placements, reflections Moodle and self-directed learning.

The first three modules are delivered in RCSI with the remaining three modules and clinical component delivered in Beaumont Hospital.

The programme modules are:
Module name/ Credits/ Assessment method
Advanced Research Methods/10/ Assignment
Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical/ 10/ Assignment
Professional Critical Reflexivity and Competence/ 10/ Assignment and clinical portfolio
Fundamental Concepts of Cancer Nursing/ 10/ Assignment
Major Adult Cancers -or- Breast Disease -or- Colorectal Disease/ 10 Examination
Psycho Oncology/ 10/ Case study and poster presentation

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
To be eligible for the programme you must:
• Be an active RGN with the Opens in new windowNMBI.
• Hold a NFQ level 8 qualification such as a BSc or equivalent.
• Be currently working in the speciality area.

Please note:
*If you do not hold a level 8 qualification, you may still be eligible to join the programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route.

Application dates

The closing date for applications is 29 June 2020

During the application progress you will need to submit the following:
•A non-refundable application fee of €50
•Scanned copies of your transcripts


1 year part-time


Fees and funding
•Total fees: Fees are currently being reviewed for 2020/21 and will be released shortly.

Please note
•Your annual fees include the €45 NUI fee.
•There is a non-refundable online application fee of €50.
•Fees can be paid by bank transfer, cheque (made payable to 'RCSI') or bank giro. Full details on fee payment will be emailed to you shortly before the commencement of your programme.
•You can pay your fees in three instalments – one payment of 40% is due before you commence the programme, while the remaining payments can be paid in two 30% instalments in November and February of your year of study.
•If you meet the criteria for a Non-EU student please contact us for more information on fee payments

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Daytime,Blended

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