Nursing - Year 2

Joining Year 2 of our Master of Nursing/Midwifery programme, you will work on a cutting-edge research knowledge base, built on exposure to modern-day best practice in research and evidence-based practice.

You will also receive a high level of positive-based support in completing your Masters assessments, assisting you in achieving a high standard Masters level degree.

The programme will equip you to advance your nursing/midwifery career further and, most importantly, arm you with the research skills necessary to play an important role in ensuring nursing and midwifery practice continues to be based on the best evidence.

This focused one-year part-time programme will see you attend classes, while also working alongside a dedicated supervisor to complete your research.

Our MSc programme requires students to develop a systematic review based on a topic of their choosing. The programme consists of in-class lecture time and face-to-face contact time with an experienced supervisor who will facilitate your learning.

Learning outcomes

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:

•Critically discuss the ethical principles governing research practice/structured iterative reviews.

•Discuss the theoretical underpinnings related to the variety of research approaches/structured iterative reviews.

•Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques and approaches in data collection, analysis and interpretation, in research and structured iterative reviews.

•Prepare a protocol for the conduct of a research project or a structured iterative review.

•Conduct a well-designed research project/structured iterative reviews.

•Demonstrate the ability to produce a paper, based on a critical analysis of your completed research project or iterative review, that is ready for submission to an academic journal.

•Demonstrate the ability to develop an abstract based on a critical analysis of your completed research project/iterative review that is ready for submission as a conference presentation.

Why study nursing and midwifery at RCSI Dublin?

Educating future leaders in healthcare delivery and related research is at the core of the mission of the RCSI School of Nursing & Midwifery. The School aims to develop caring, reflective nursing and midwifery practitioners who can seek out and use research-based knowledge to improve patient care.

We are committed to providing students with outcome-focused curricula shaped by innovative teaching and learning practices. We have a long association with postgraduate nursing and midwifery education and are the largest such school in Ireland.

We aspire to become recognised leaders in the provision of health sciences education, both nationally and internationally. The suite of programmes we offer nurses and midwives in pursuit of postgraduate education is continually evolving in response to the needs within the healthcare service.

Our goal is to empower nurses and midwives to be able to demonstrate the difference they make to practice, and in doing so, to be able to respond accordingly to the leadership and professional challenges that they face every day.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the programme you must be active on the NMBI register

Applicants must hold a Level 9 degree – obtained within five years of admission to this programme – or international equivalent, demonstrated through a defined recognition of prior learning (RPL) process. If you fall outside the five-year period or have questions relating to eligibility, please contact the programme coordinator, James Hayes.

You will also need to supply a certified, or stamped copy of your academic transcripts and a copy of an academic IELTS examination, or equivalent (for candidates whose first language is not English).

Assessment Info

Throughout the year you will be assessed on four pieces of work:
1.An oral assessment: in this assessment, you will present your topic to two members of the academic team. This assessment is concise but focuses you on the task at hand.

2.An ethics submission: in this submission, you will write an assignment based on the ethics classes which you will study.

3.A methodology assignment: In this assignment, you will cover the methodological approaches to your study.

4.A systematic review: you will write a systematic review with the guidance of your supervisor. Many of our students have their work published in journals


1 year


Fees and funding
•Total fees: Fees are currently being reviewed for 2020/21 and will be released shortly.

Please note
•Your annual fees include the €45 NUI fee.
•There is a non-refundable online application fee of €50.
•Fees can be paid by bank transfer, cheque (made payable to 'RCSI') or bank giro. Full details on fee payment will be emailed to you shortly before the commencement of your programme.
•You can pay your fees in three instalments – one payment of 40% is due before you commence the programme, while the remaining payments can be paid in two 30% instalments in November and February of your year of study.
•If you meet the criteria for a Non-EU student please contact us for more information on fee payments

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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