Nursing - Emergency Care

The programme is offered full-time over two calendar years via blended learning, which is a combination of online learning and face-to-face workshops. On completion of Year One, students have the option of being awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or (if they have achieved a minimum 60% average mark across course modules) may progress on to Year Two to complete the master's programme.

Students will complete three core and three specialist modules in the first year (60 ECTS). Eligible students will then complete a research dissertation (30 ECTS) in Year Two.

Students will simultaneously work in an emergency department setting for the duration of the programme and their clinical learning will be supported by a clinical facilitator, clinical preceptor and Emergency Department Nursing management.

1. Externally approved: The course has a category 2 approval from the NMBI and has a strong clinical focus, offering opportunities for graduates to develop specialist skills.

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

3. Students gain valuable clinical competencies working for a minimum of 1,000 hours in an emergency department setting.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
1. Be a registered nurse on the General Nurse division of the register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI);

2. Have a minimum of six months' post-registration experience (exclusive of post-registration courses);

3. Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., emergency, and have, as a minimum, six months' clinical experience in this specialist area;

4. 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 and complete a level 9 module please consult the professional credit awards at:

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 as early as possible.


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

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Career Opportunities
Graduates have established successful careers as registered nurses in Emergency Departments and diversified to other areas such as management and academia. Graduates have found employment in the Irish health services and also in international emergency departments. Graduates have gone on to becomes advanced nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists in both emergency nursing and related specialties.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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