Nursing Education

Students are required to gain 100 hours of teaching experience over the two years. The programme is delivered using blended learning which combines face-to-face and online learning. Modules (see details of these on our course website) are assessed using a combination of coursework, practice and teaching assessments. To support their skill development, students are expected to complete 100 hours of teaching practice/facilitation during the programme. Students are also expected to gain expertise in a wide range of teaching methods, including lecturing, small group teaching and clinical skills teaching as well as engagement with online teaching using teaching technologies in the virtual learning environment.

1. This part-time programme is offered through blended learning, a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching.

2. Its innovative and flexible approach makes it possible for students to combine working full-time with studying.

3. Practical experience gained: 100 hours of teaching practice are completed over the two years and are an integral part of the programme.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

1. 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. If you wish to apply for a Level 9 module, please consult:;

2. Be a registered nurse on the General, Mental Health, or Learning Disability Nurse divisions of the active register maintained by NMBI; or hold a professional nursing qualification deemed to be equivalent by University of Galway;

3. Have practised as a nurse for three years post-registration (exclusive of post-registration/educational programmes);

4. Have negotiated a teaching practice placement in a third-level College of Nursing or Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education, which will provide the opportunity to meet the practice requirements of this programme

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: University of Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply throughout the year and before the end of May (preceding commencement of the programme in September).


2 years, part-time.

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Career Opportunities
Graduates of this programme of study have found employment in various health service settings, third-level institutions of education, Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Education, Nursing Midwifery Practice Development Units and the private sector.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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