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Healthcare Simulation & Patient Safety

Your Course
Healthcare simulation is the modern way to educate healthcare providers to achieve high performance. It encompasses manikinbased training for teamwork, task trainers for procedural skills, simulated persons for communication skills and virtual/augmented reality. By completing the diploma, you will learn how to use simulation in your own practice to deliver better, safer healthcare. You will also learn how to use healthcare simulation for quality improvement. By completing the master's programme you will go on to understand how to use simulation for research.

If you are a healthcare provider, are involved in healthcare education and research or have an interest in patient safety, then this course will be important for you. The course is delivered online through simulation and by patient safety experts.


1. The courses are delivered online allowing you to study at a time that is convenient and from any part of the world.

2. You will be provided with the skills required to run a simulation programme or centre so that you can progress your career goals.

3. The course is a unique combination of healthcare simulation and patient safety that includes research using healthcare simulation.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
An honours bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8 in a relevant healthcare discipline. Evidence of at least three years' equivalent academic/ professional experience will be considered. Demonstrated interest in simulation important.


24 months, MSc; 12 months, PDip.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
The main goal of the course is to develop expertise in design and implementation of healthcare simulation. This will allow you to become a leader in education and open up opportunities in senior academic posts within healthcare. For those with an interest in patient safety, you will gain expertise in human factors and how healthcare processes can be improved. If running a simulation centre, you will develop skills in stakeholder engagement and demonstrate a return on investment allowing you to progress to senior management positions within organisations.

Further enquiries

Dr Paul O'Connor

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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