Nursing - Diabetes Nursing

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The programme is aimed at advancing the range, breadth and depth of professional knowledge and skills in the care of persons presenting with diabetes.

Subjects taught

This programme can be taken over 2 years on a part-time basis. The academic year runs from September to May and is broken down into two trimesters. Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation/practical examination) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters.

Core Modules:

Nursing Knowledge Philosophy and Practice (Autumn Trimester)
Research Methods Applied to Healthcare (Spring Trimester)

Specialist Modules:

Clinical Practicum Diabetes CareNMHS42430
Specialist 1 Diabetes CareNMHS42450
Specialist 2 Diabetes CareNMHS42690
Specialist 3 Diabetes CareNMHS42910
Nursing Knowledge: Philosophy & PracticeNMHS43260

Entry requirements

- All applicants must hold a primary degree in Nursing or Midwifery or equivalent and be engaged in relevant clinical practice with an appropriate client group

- All applicants must be entered onto the appropriate division of the Nurses/Midwives Register maintained by the NMBI

Specific requirements
- All applicants must have a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience, including at least six months caring for people with diabetes

- Candidates must be employed in the clinical environment caring for people with diabetes prior to commencing the course and for the duration of the course

- Candidates who are not employed full time in a diabetes setting are advised to secure clinical exposure to general adult clinics in order to achieve all learning outcomes.

- Other criteria to be used in the assessment of the application include number of years of experience, and evidence of ongoing professional development?

- For those applicants not working in a general adult setting, it is vital that the applicant ensures that they arrange access to general adult clinics, in their own hospital or in a parent hospital


Documents Required


Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant

Nurse applicants: A current photocopy of NMBI registration

Other health care professionals: A current photocopy of registration with professional registration body

Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport

Signed Declaration Form by Employer

Completed Professional Reference Form

Nurse applicants: Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee

Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

Garda Vetting is required for this programme. If you receive and accept an offer for the programme, you will automatically receive details of the vetting procedure

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL may be granted in respect of individual modules if applicants can demonstrate that the modules' learning outcomes have been achieved through prior credentialled or experiential learning. In some cases, where an applicant does not meet the prerequisites for entry to a programme, an RPL application may be considered. Further information can be found in respect of this here.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Nursing (Diabetes Nursing) FT (X548)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

Grad Dip Nursing (Diabetes Nursing) PT (X749)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*
* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.


1 Year

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2024/2025 September

Post Course Info

Careers/where can I go?
The Graduate Diploma in Diabetes Care provides you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required to manage a defined case load, working unsupervised and using specialist diabetes nursing/midwifery skills to assess the needs of the person with diabetes and to plan, implement, document and evaluate care. Many graduates also proceed to assume CNM/Educational/Clinical Facilitator roles.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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