The Postgraduate Diploma/Masters in Health Sciences (Public Health Nursing) is run over two academic years. Candidates registering for this programme will complete the postgraduate diploma in health sciences (Public Health Nursing) in year one and upon successful completion can register with the NMBI as a public health nurse. To successfully complete the postgraduate diploma, students must complete modules totalling 60 ECTS. Year One of this programme is offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway, and the Health Service Executive.
Students may opt to progress on to the Master of Health Sciences (Public Health Nursing), totalling 30 ECTS in Year Two. Entry to the Masters programme is subject to the student achieving 60% on the aggregate of the Postgraduate Diploma modules undertaken in Year One. Students who are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma may progress to undertake the MHSc within four years of first entering the programme. Year Two of this programme is offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway, and is not sponsored by the Health Service Executive.