Nursing - Non-EU Applicants

University College Cork

Nursing - Non-EU Applicants

This MSc in Nursing (for Non-EU applicants) is a full-time programme taken over 12 months commencing in September of each year. It is designed to provide international students from outside Ireland and the EU (ie non-EU applicants) and from a range of different nursing backgrounds with a non-clinical Master's degree. The program is non-clinical, comprising theory modules only.

Subjects taught

The programme is divided into two parts with a total of 90 credits:

Part I comprises theory modules up to 70 credits
Part II comprises a Dissertation in Nursing (20 credits)


NU6070 Clinical Leadership in Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits)

NU6084 Clinical Examination Skills (10 credits)

NU6085 Wound Care for Healthcare Professionals (5 credits)

NU6152 Medical and Surgical Nursing of Individuals with Cardiorespiratory Problems (10 credits)

NU6201 Personal and Professional Portfolio (10 credits)

NU6202 The Principles and Methods of Evidence-Based Practice
Healthcare (15 credits)

NU6203 Challenges to Global Health, Ethical, Legal, Social and Cultural Perspectives (10 credits)

NU6073 Dissertation in Nursing (20 credits)

Please also see our University Calendar (MSc Nursing Non-EU) for more detailed information available on course options and modules.


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc in Nursing (Non-EU) should meet the following requirements:

Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing Board/Statutory Body in their own country;

Hold a primary degree in nursing (Minimum 2nd class honours standard) Or hold a Higher/Postgraduate Diploma in the relevant nursing area;

If your first language is not English, you must provide current evidence (within 2 years) of Minimum English Language proficiency - the list of UCC-approved English language qualifications are available here on the UCC English Language Requirements page.

Non-Clinical Pathway: There are no specific post-registration practice requirements for applicants to this pathway, although some clinical experience in the area of interest is desirable.

International Master's Pathway – Higher Diploma in Academic Discourse and Skills

There is an alternative entry route for international applicants via the International Master's Pathway (IMP) – Higher Diploma in Academic Discourse and Skills (NFQ, Level 8). See the IMP page for more information.

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure 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.

Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Application dates

The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 June 2023

How Do I Apply
1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: Contact UCC for next start date.

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information

This MSc Nursing (Non-EU) programme, established in 2013, gives nurses from outside the European Union the opportunity to study in Ireland. A major objective of the programme is to enable students to further develop their undergraduate knowledge, skills, and attributes. We aim to provide our students with enhanced skills that will transfer to professional practice in a rapidly evolving healthcare system globally. The acquisition of these skills ensures demand for graduates of this programme.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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