Nursing - Education

The programme is at Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications and leads to candidate eligibility to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) as a Registered Nurse Tutor. The course is aimed at masters' degree nurse graduates who wish to gain a teaching qualification and who wish to pursue an educational career path.

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. Externally approved: The course is approved by the NMBI.

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

3. Flexible learning: Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
1. Have successfully completed a master's degree in nursing or its equivalent (Level 9);

2. Be a registered nurse on the General, Mental Health, or Learning Disability Nurse divisions of the register maintained by the NMBI;

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

4. Have negotiated a placement in a third-level School/ Department of Nursing Education or Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education establishment, 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). See page 312 for full details of when and how to apply.


1 year full-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

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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