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Health Sciences - Clinical Primary Care

Your course
The central importance of primary care has been repeatedly endorsed by governments in recent years. This course has been designed to meet your changing educational needs as a doctor or nurse working in primary care, using a combination of distance learning and face-to-face workshops. You can take a single module in a subject of your choice or work towards a PgCert/PDip.

This course will update your knowledge of and skills in the latest approaches to disease management, while fostering a critical approach to evidence-based practice and research.

All modules on offer (see website for details) are available on a standalone basis, or can be accumulated towards an award of PgCert (any three modules, at least two clinical) or PDip (any six modules, at least three clinical). Modules can be accumulated over a period of between one and three years, as you wish. Each module is delivered via a mix of online distance learning and face-to-face workshops in Galway (usually two non-consecutive days per module).

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
Applicants must be registered healthcare professionals currently working in clinical practice in an Irish primary care setting. Applicants from secondary care may also be considered. General computer literacy is essential.


PDip: 10 months, full-time, in service; PgCert: 6 months, full-time, in service; Stand-alone modules: 6–12 weeks, full-time in service (Note: all programmes are suitable for those in full-time employment and may be taken over three years if required.)

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
There is an increasing expectation for community-based health professionals to demonstrate continuing competence in primary care (for example, the Competence Assurance Scheme in general practice).

Further enquiries

Dr Eva Flynn
T: +353 91 493 699


PDip/PgCert in Health Sciences. Stand-alone modules also available. For stand-alone module(s) only, apply online at

1. This course has built-in flexibility to meet the needs of busy healthcare professionals, allowing you to learn at a time and place that suits you.

2. It is accredited for Continuing Medical Education and has received An Bord Altranais Category II approval.

3. The interdisciplinary learning environment reflects many of the new and interesting challenges for healthcare professionals that occur in primary care.

Application date

CLOSING DATE: NUI Galway uses a system of offer rounds to facilitate decision making and early notification to applicants throughout the year. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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