Institution / Nui Galway
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Your course
The clinical experience the nurse brings to the theoretical knowledge gained through this programme promotes the development of expert practice. The degree can also be used as a stepping stone to advanced practice and teaching qualifications. The theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of nursing practice, research methodology and evidence-based practice, practice development and the conduct of research form the framework for reflection on practice and exploration of its aspects. Options are available in education and specific clinical areas. Modules/coursework includes core modules addressing nursing theory and research. Students also choose from a range of optional modules and undertake a research dissertation.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
1. Have attained at least an upper Second Class Honours degree in Nursing or Nursing Studies at H2.1 or at H2.2 with appropriate experience or a Higher Diploma in Nursing Studies with appropriate experience, or meet the required standard in the MHSc Nursing Qualifying Examination;

2. Be a registered nurse on the General, Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse divisions of the register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann;

3. Have practised as a nurse for a minimum of two years post registration (exclusive of post-registration/educational programmes).


2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Graduates have found employment in the health services, and in private hospitals and clinics.

Further enquiries

Dr Maura Dowling
T: +353 91 493 833 E:


1. Externally approved: the course is approved by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann.

2. The programme has a clinical focus, offering graduates opportunities to develop specialist skills.

3. Flexible learning: blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying.

Application date

WHEN TO APPLY: NUI 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.

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