Nursing - Respiratory Care

Key programme benefits to future students
On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:
• Critically explore current advanced assessment strategies used in respiratory nursing practice.
• Critically examine best practice in meeting the respiratory care needs of patients and their families.
• Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of therapeutic interventions used in the treatment and management of respiratory conditions.
• Apply critical thinking skills and ethical decision making required for advancing practice.
• Demonstrate proficiency in written, verbal, and digital communication skills, at individual and collaborative levels.
• Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in practice.
• Demonstrate commitment to life-long learning while fostering self-development and self-evaluation.
• Demonstrate responsibility for personal and professional development in advancing respiratory care.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Autumn Modules
• Health research - Methods and Methodology
• Advanced Assessment in Respiratory Nursing
• Clinical Practicum 1

Spring Modules
• Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare
• Therapeutic Interventions in Respiratory Nursing
• Clinical Practicum 2

Year 2
Autumn Modules
• Dissertation 1

Spring Modules
• Dissertation 2

Entry requirements

A registered nurse on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
Be engaged in practice as a registered nurse for at least one year
Students would normally possess a primary degree( Minimum 2.2) or show evidence of recognized prior learning (RPL) as outlined in the ( RPL) policy of the University and Department of Nursing and Midwifery

Garda Clearance is also required for this programme.

The MSc in Nursing (Respiratory Care) will be offered as a full time programme but taken on a part time basis over two years with the option of an exit award on completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma). Students can also opt to progress to year two for the MSc award having attained a minimum QCA of 2.00 at the end of year one.

Standard Degree Applicants/ Include with your application
Full degree transcript and certificates/awards
Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate
Copy of birth certificate/passport
Clinical Practice Environment Self-Assessment Audit Declaration
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
English language competency certificate
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Recognized Prior Learning Applicants / Who do not meet standard entry requirements / Include with your application
Copy of birth certificate/passport
Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate
1000 word typed Recognized Prior Learning Statement
Copies of all certificates or diplomas as part of prior learning to date
Clinical Practice Environment Self-Assessment Audit Declaration
RPL Form

Guidelines on Completing your Application
To ensure a speedy assessment of your application, please upload the above documents with your application form.
Please title appropriately any documents you are uploading with the application form, for example "Supporting Statement", "Undergraduate Transcript", "Postgraduate Transcript", "English Language Certificate" etc.

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


2 years full-time,* blended.

*This masters programme has been developed for working practitioners and is delivered on a part-time timetable.

Enrolment dates


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Graduate careers
Successful completion of year one of the master’s programme (Graduate Diploma award) will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for specialist posts. The MSc award on successful completion of year 2 will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for advancing practice.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Full time

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