Nursing & Midwifery - Occupational Health

Continuing professional development is a key professional requirement for nurses and postgraduate academic qualifications have been linked to positive patient outcomes through improved communication, expanded knowledge and stronger critical thinking skills.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health aims to provide a higher level of education for nurses, midwives and other healthcare workers working in occupational health settings. The programmes purpose is to provide a platform for achieving greater efficiencies in applying healthcare discoveries to clinical practice.

It takes a stepwise approach – taking cognisance of future development needs while covering a range of multidisciplinary topics relevant to occupational health.

The programme also offers opportunities for students who may have taken similar courses at National Framework of Qualifications level 8 to continue on to Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters level.

The core modules aim to provide the knowledge base to practice safely, effectively and efficiently in practice. The six modules contained in the programme enable students to gain specialist knowledge on skills and competencies required to practice at a higher level within occupational health settings.

Successful completion of the programmes will equip students with the required skill set to perform their roles in a quality-based, consistent and efficient manner. Furthermore the advanced research methods and advanced leadership and critical analysis skills acquired from the programme will further the students’ skills as a member of the interdisciplinary team.

Subjects taught


The programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method

Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment

Advanced Leadership - Professional and Clinical 10 Assignment

Professional Critical Reflexivity and Competence 10 Assignment

Safety in Occupational Health 10 Poster and assignment

Occupational Health and Wellbeing 10 Brochure and assignment

Leadership in Occupational Health 10 Presentation and assignment

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the programme you must:

Must be active on their professional register

Hold an NFQ Level 8 qualification or similar

Be working in occupational health settings in order to obtain the required experiences required as part of the programme (this applies to PgDip in Occupational Health only and not to students undertaking the PgCert in Occupational Health or PgDip in Nursing)

Please note:

*If you do not hold a level 8 qualification, you may still be eligible to join the programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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