Nursing - Non-EU Applicants

The MSc in Nursing for Non-EU applicants can be taken full-time programme (i.e. 90 credits) over 12 months from the date of first registration (commencing in September of each year). It is designed to provide students from outside Ireland and EU (i.e. non-EU applicants) and from a range of different nursing backgrounds with a Masters degree. The programme is non-clinical, comprising theory modules only.


On successful completion of the non-clinical pathway, students should be able to:
- exercise enhanced personal and professional competence through accountability and autonomy in professional practice;
- practise with greater insight of the research-base, ethical, socio-political and professional underpinnings of nursing/midwifery and health care;
- demonstrate higher levels of judgement in the practice of nursing/midwifery through the generation of nursing knowledge for innovative nursing and midwifery practice;
- act as innovators and leaders in a chosen area and contribute to practice development and best practice;
- teach others from a broad and in-depth knowledge base, derived from critical reflection on nursing practice and the development of critical inquiry of disciplinary knowledge base in nursing and midwifery.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc in Nursing for NON-EU applicants should:

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

(b) Hold a primary degree in nursing (min 2nd class hons standard) OR hold a Higher/Postgraduate Diploma in relevant nursing area.

(c) If first language is not English, provide current evidence (within 2 years) of Minimum English Language proficiency as follows:
- IELTS 6.5 with no section lower than 6.0 (or TOEFL equivalent)

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

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.

Subjects taught

Students take 90 credits as follows:
NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits)
NU6084 Clinical Examination Skills (10 credits)
MH6014 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (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)
NU6073 Dissertation in Nursing (20 credits)

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.


1 year Full-time

Enrolment dates

Start Date: Contact UCC for next start date.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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