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Healthcare Simulation & Patient Safety

Your Course
Patient care and medical education has changed considerably over the past decade. Healthcare simulation is the modern-day methodology for training healthcare professionals to deliver safe and effective patient care. However, although there are a wide range of simulators available to train healthcare professionals, there is a lack of education and training for educators in how to use these tools and incorporate them into a curriculum for education, training, assessment and beyond. A postgraduate science qualification in Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety will provide the student with the expertise required to deliver simulation-based education in undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare teaching environments. The course is delivered online as a distance learning course.

If you are a doctor, nurse, health/social care professional, paramedic or dentist and have an interest in simulation technology, you should consider applying for one of our online simulation programmes.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. The courses are delivered through online distance learning. Therefore, you can study at a time that is convenient for you no matter where you live in the world.

2. The courses will provide you with the expertise required to lead simulation-based education in undergraduate and/or postgraduate healthcare teaching environments.

3. The courses are delivered by experienced simulationists with both the practical and theoretical knowledge required to run a simulation centre as well as expertise in research using simulation and in simulation innovation.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
An honours Bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8 in a relevant healthcare discipline (e.g. medicine, nursing, speech and language therapy, pharmacy), although applicants with evidence of at least three years' equivalent professional/academic experience will be considered (e.g. emergency medicine technicians, simulation technicians). Demonstrated proficiency in English. Previous experience, or an academic qualification, in the education and teaching of healthcare professionals. Demonstrated interest in simulation.


24 months, MSc; 12 months, PDip.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
The main goal of the PDipSc Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety is to prepare the student to run a simulation centre and use simulation for research, improving patient safety, testing equipment and processes, and integrating simulation into institutional healthcare training, education and delivery systems. Completing an MSc Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety will prepare the student to deliver healthcare simulation, run a healthcare simulation centre, and carry out research on or using healthcare simulation.

Further enquiries

Dr Paul O'Connor
T: +353 91 492 897

Dr Dara Byrne

Ms Mari Vahey, Administrator.
T: +353 91 493 251

Application date

1HSP1, MSc; 1HSP9, PDipSc.

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

Closing Date: 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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