Nursing - Childrens Palliative / Complex Care

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This course is designed for registered nurses working with children and adolescents who have complex or life-limiting conditions. The programme aims to provide students with the necessary in-depth, evidence-based knowledge, skills and competencies to provide quality care to highly dependent clients as they live with life-limiting illness and face end-of-life challenges. The programme is offered full-time over two academic years. On completion of the six modules in Year One (full-time) or Year Two (part-time) students have the option of being awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or (if they have achieved the minimum 60% average mark across these modules) may progress onto the next year to complete the MSc programme. It consists of both theoretical and clinical components. A blended learning approach is adopted in the delivery of this programme. Students are required to attend face-to-face workshops for a total of 12 days across the programme and must complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours before completing this programme.


1. The course has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills.

2. The programme is offered through a blended-learning format—a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching.

3. This flexible approach to learning makes it possible to combine full-time work and study.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

• Be registered on the general, children's, psychiatric, intellectual disability or midwifery division of the register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland;

• Have a minimum of one year's post-registration experience (exclusive of post-registration courses);

• Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., an area associated with palliative care/children's care/children's palliative care or allied areas (neonatal, disability, oncology) and have as a minimum six months' clinical experience in this specialist area;

• Complete additional clinical hours in a children's palliative care/ complex setting. Placement length depends on the learning opportunities available to students in their current work setting;

• Provide written support from their employer that they will be able to access this client group across the programme;

• Satisfy the selection panel of their ability to complete the programme;

• Have an honours Bachelor's degree at NFQ Level 8 in nursing or a comparable qualification. Applicants who do not hold an honours degree or Higher Diploma (Level 8) must demonstrate that they have successfully completed (in the previous two years) a module at Level 9. Please consult the professional credit awards at level 9 at:


2 years, full-time (option to leave with PDip after 1 year)

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Career Opportunities
Graduates will find employment and promotion opportunities nationally and internationally.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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