Nursing Studies

Key programme benefits to future students
On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:
• Critically examine the knowledge and skills for problem solving, reflection and critical thinking, fundamental to professional development and advancing practice globally
• Critically evaluate evidence informing nursing practice in monitoring, coordinating and managing care across a variety of health care settings
• Critically discuss national and international health strategies in promoting, maintaining and restoring health and well-being.
• Apply critical thinking skills and ethical decision-making required for advancing practice
• Critically evaluate leadership and management theory and skills for working in collaborative teams in the provision of quality outcomes
• Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process
• Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning while fostering self-development and self-evaluation
• Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent learning activities

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Health research - Methods and Methodology
• Principles of Primary and Community Care
• Leading and Managing Practice
• Academic Literacies

Spring Modules
• Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare
• Dissertation 1

Summer Modules
• Dissertation 2

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc Nursing Studies programme must normally be in possession of:

A first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement.
Candidates must be a registered nurse and provide evidence of a current registration with an appropriate Nursing/Midwifery Registration Board.
The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary

What to Include with your Application:
Full degree transcript and certificates/awards
Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland current registration certificate or evidence of a current registration with an appropriate Nursing/Midwifery Registration Board
Recognised Prior Learning Application (if you do not meet the normal entry requirements)
A copy of your birth certificate/passport page
Recognised Prior Learning may also be considered for those applicants that do not meet the normal entry requirements as stated above
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

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.


1 year full-time, blended.

Enrolment dates


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Graduate careers
The MSc Nursing Studies programme prepares and advances students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to become confident, critical, analytical and research aware graduates. The programme provides opportunities to explore research as evidence for enhancing and changing practice and aims to advance the student’s aptitudes in becoming confident, analytical and research aware. The abilities to respond safely with sensitivity to the needs of individuals and families for local and international communities will be fostered in an articulate, proactive, innovative and collaborative way.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Full time

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