Nursing - Neonatal Nursing

This is a pathway of the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing designed to meet the needs of nurses working in neonatal care who wish to undergo a specialist programme. The programme facilitates students to become more knowledgeable and skilled in neonatal nursing including developing skills in implementing evidence-based practice in neonatal care.

The programme consists of taught modules in neonatal nursing, practice modules to obtain competencies in neonatal care and shared modules in research, ethics and practice enhancement with nurses undertaking other specialist programmes. The shared modules are offered using blended learning (part online and part attendance at workshops/tutorials).

The programme is delivered over one academic year and on successful completion of the postgraduate diploma, students can progress to the MSc in Nursing.

Why Choose This Course
The programme is deliver in partnership with neonatal services in Cork University Maternity Hospital, much of this content will be delivered in CUMH by experts in neonatal care.

Entry requirements

There are 7 clinical pathways to the degree of Masters in Nursing, all of which have an exit route available for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing. The pathways to degree of Masters including Postgraduate Diploma exit route are all available to view in the College Calendar.


Applicants for this MSc in Nursing, including Postgraduate Diploma exit route, should normally:

Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or be eligible for such registration as required for individual pathways. For the Neonatology Nursing Pathway, applicants must be Registered General Nurses OR Registered Children's Nurses OR Registered Midwives.

Have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways. For the Neonatology Nursing Pathway, applicants must have a minimum of six months of post-registration experience (excluding courses) and at least six months experience in the speciality pathway applied for.

Applicants must provide written evidence of support from their Director of Nursing/equivalent authorised Nurse Manager stating:
(a) The applicant will be working in the relevant specialist area for the duration of the programme for a minimum of 19.5 hours a week
(b) They will be released from practice to attend the programme requirements
(c) A Clinical Preceptor and/or Clinical Facilitator can support learning in the specialist area of practice for the duration of the programme.

NOTE: In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not fulfil the entry requirements may be recommended for entry to the programme under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the programme committee. Such applicants may be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available online.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country online.

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Assessment Info

Assessment includes assignments, presentations, end of year exams, on-line activities and competency assessment of clinical practice.

Subjects taught

Theory modules

NU6005 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals(10 credits)*
NU6053 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Decision-making in Specialist Practice(5 credits)*
NU6070 Clinical Leadership in Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits)*
NU6150 Nursing Management of Neonates (10 credits)
NU6159 High Dependency in Neonatal Nursing (15 credits)

Clinical Practice/Practicum modules
NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)
NU6131 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credits)

*These modules are offered using Blended Learning which are delivered mainly online with attendance at workshops to support student learning. Each module will have its own study guide and content available online.

In order to progress to PART 2 students must pass modules to the value of 60 credits in PART 1.

MH6014 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)
NU6073 Dissertation in Nursing (20 credits)


2 Years - PG Diploma (Year 1); Masters (Year 2)

Enrolment dates

Start Date August 2019

Post Course Info

On completion of the postgraduate diploma, students can progress to an MSc in Nursing.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PG Dip / MSc

  • Qualifications

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

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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