Medical & Helathcare Simulation

Your course
Healthcare simulation education is a bridge between class-room learning and real-life experience. There has been a lack of education and training in how simulation can be used to educate healthcare practitioners or be incorporated into existing educational programmes. The main goal of these postgraduate qualifications in Medical and Healthcare Simulation is to prepare the student to design and deliver effective healthcare simulation education. Modules are sequential and delivered in eight-week blocks of instruction.

Completed by Master’s/PDip/PgCert students
• Module 1. An introduction to simulation and training in healthcare
• Module 2. Simulation with manikin and task-based trainers
• Module 3. Standardised patients, virtual patients and hybrid simulation

Completed by Master’s/PDip students only
• Module 4. Running an effective simulation-based programme
• Module 5. Human factors and patient safety in simulation
• Module 6.

Uses of medical and healthcare simulation beyond education Completed by Master’s students only
• Module 7. Research Methods for Medical and Healthcare Simulation
• Module 8. Research thesis

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.


PgCert: 6 months (full-time), in-service; PDip: 1 year, full-time, in-service; Master’s: 2 years, full-time, in-service; Standalone modules: 8 weeks, full-time, in-service.

(Note: All are suitable for those in full-time employment).

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
In the last decade, there have been big changes in undergraduate healthcare education, postgraduate healthcare education, delivery of healthcare and the working environment. These changes have led to a large investment in simulation centres nationally and internationally. Graduates of this programme will have the expertise required to deliver simulation-based education in undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare teaching environments.

Further enquiries

Paul O'Connor
T: +353 91 492 897


Master’s/PDip/PgCert in Medical and Healthcare Simulation. Stand-alone modules are also available.

1. Flexibility: the course is delivered as much as possible online, using a combination of multi-media presentations, online discussion boards and online tutorials.

2. Good employment prospects: this course has been designed to meet sectoral and industry needs.

3. Stand-alone modules can be taken by those in full-time employment.

Application 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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