Nursing - Obesity

Through specific learning outcomes, our students will have an excellent grasp of the various therapeutic strategies available to patients and will understand the factors underlying variations in the obesity phenotype. Students will also appreciate the potential benefits and risks of various population level strategies that can be formulated to address the obesity crisis, and the societal, political and legislative challenges faced in deploying these.

1. Adapted to meet the needs of nurses seeking to specialise in obesity care who will learn better, evidence-based, therapeutic strategies delivered with compassion and dignity to patients aected by obesity and related disorders.

2. To inform better population level strategies to mitigate the obesity epidemic.

3. Delivered by clinical academic staff attached to the regional bariatric service, providing multidisciplinary medical, nursing, surgical, dietetic and psychological care to patients with severe and complicated obesity.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
In order to be considered for entry to the programme applicants must have a 2.1 degree (or equivalent) and meet the following entry requirements:

• Be registered as a general nurse;
• Hold an active general nursing registration;
• Have a minimum of one year's post-registration experience.

However, there will be special consideration for cases where applicants have demonstrated aptitude for the course material through three years of high-level experience in an obesity-related field (relevant to their background). Candidates coming to Ireland from abroad or who do not have a degree from Ireland or the UK will be asked to provide evidence of an acceptable result in one of the recognized English language proficiency tests, e.g., IELTS total score of 6.5.

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.


MHSc, 2 years, full-time; PDip, 1 year, full-time


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Career Opportunities
On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma/Master's' of Health Sciences Obesity, which are Level 9 NFQ awards, a registered nurse would be eligible to apply for clinical nurse specialist registration in obesity.

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  • Qualifications

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

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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