Nursing - Gerontology

The programme is offered full-time over two calendar years. On completion of the six modules in 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 MSc programme.

It consists of both theoretical and clinical components. A blended learning approach is adopted in the delivery of this programme. Students are required to attend face-to-face workshops for an average of 12 days across the programme and complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours before completing this programme.

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

2. The programme is offered through a blended learning format—a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching. Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning. Students can integrate working full-time with study.

3. This course is approved by the NMBI.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
1. Be registered as a nurse on the live register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), i.e., General, Psychiatric or Intellectual Disability Register;

2. Have a minimum of one year of post-registration experience and be currently working in a setting that provides care for older people with a minimum six months' clinical experience of working with this client group;

3. Provide written evidence of support from their Director of Nursing for the duration of the programme;

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 four years) a module at Level 9. Further information on Level 9 professional credit awards is 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 (option to leave with PDip after 1 year).

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Graduates have found employment and promotion opportunities nationally and internationally.

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

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

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

  • Apply to

    Course provider