Nursing - Dementia Care

This programme is designed to respond to the need for increased awareness, understanding and enhancement of services to foster an enriched model of living for persons with dementia. Concepts of quality, person centred care, safety and evidence based practice are central to the philosophy, design and overall delivery of the programme.

Key Fact
A key goal of this programme is to prepare practitioners for the challenges of leading and delivering specialist/ advanced level person centred dementia practice across a variety of settings.

Subjects taught

Year 1 (Graduate Diploma):

Autumn Semester
- Health Research Methods - Methodology ( 12 Credits)
- Principles Underpinning Dementia Care (9 Credits)
- Clinical Practicum 1( 9 Credits)

Spring Semester
- Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare (12 Credits)
- Therapeutic Interventions in Dementia Care(9Credits)
- Clinical Practicum 2 (9Credits)

Year 2 (Masters):

Autumn Semester
- Dissertation 1, (9 Credits)

Spring Semester
- Dissertation 2 (21 Credits)

Entry requirements

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

•Be engaged in practice as a registered nurse for at least one year

•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

•Students are required to be working in a practice setting with persons with dementia for the duration of the programme

•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.

Garda clearance is also required for this programme.

Application dates

Standard Degree Applicants/ Include with your application

Full degree transcript and certificates/awards

Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland current registration certificate

Clinical Practice Environment Self-Assessment Audit Declaration

A copy of birth certificate (Long Document)

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:

English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts

English language competency certificate

Recognized Prior Learning Applicants/ who do not meet standard entry requirements / Include with your application

A copy of birth certificate( Long Document)

Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate

1000 word typed Recognized Prior Learning Statement

Copies of all certificates or diploma's as part of prior learning to date


2 years full-time.

The MSc in Nursing (Dementia Care) 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

Post Course Info

Graduate Profile
Successful completion of year one of the master's programme (Graduate Diploma award) will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for clinical nurse specialist posts. The MSc award on successful completion of year 2 will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for advanced practice posts.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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