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Health Sciences - Childrens Palliative / Complex Care

Your course This new course is designed for registered nurses working with children and adolescents who have complex or life limiting conditions. The programme aims to provide students with the necessary in-depth, evidence-based knowledge, skills and competencies to provide quality care to highly dependent clients as they live with life-limiting illness and face end-of-life challenges.

The programme is offered full-time over two academic years and part-time over three academic years. On completion of the six modules in Year One (full-time) or Year Two (part-time) students have the option of being awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or (if they have achieved the minimum 60% average mark across these modules) may progress onto the next year to complete the MSc programme.

It consists of both theoretical and clinical components. A blended learning approach is adopted in the delivery of this programme. Students are required to attend face-to-face workshops for a total of 12 days across the programme. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours before completing this programme.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
Applicants must:
• Be registered on the general, children's, psychiatric, intellectual disability or midwifery division of the register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

• Have a minimum of one year's post-registration experience (exclusive of post-registration courses).

• Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., an area associated with palliative care/children's care/children's palliative care or allied areas (neonatal, disability, oncology) and have as a minimum six months' clinical experience in this specialist area.

• Complete additional clinical hours in a children's palliative care/ complex setting. Placement length depends on the learning opportunities available to students in their current work setting.

• Provide written support from their employer that they will be able to access this client group across the programme.

• Satisfy the selection panel of ability to complete the programme.

• Clearly demonstrate their capacity to complete a programme at this level, if they do not hold an honours degree or higher diploma (Level 8). In addition to the other requirements outlined above, these applicants are required to submit a 1,000 word literature-based essay. To be considered for admission, this essay must be at the level expected of an honours degree candidate (Level 8).


2 years full-time (option to leave with PDip after 1 year); 3 years part-time (option to leave with PDip after 1 year).

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Graduates will find employment and promotion opportunities nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Laura Dempsey
T: +353 91 495 352


1. The course has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills.

2. The programme is offered through a blended learning format—a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching.

3. This flexible approach to learning makes it possible to combine full-time work and study.

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