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Nursing - Emergency Care

Your course
This programme has been designed for registered nurses who wish to pursue a specialist course in emergency care nursing. It aims to prepare nurses already working in emergency care settings with the necessary in-depth knowledge, skills and competencies to provide quality care to clients.

The programme is offered full-time over two calendar years via blended learning which is a combination of online learning and face-to-face workshops. On completion of Year One 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 second year to complete the MSc programme. Students will complete three core and three specialist modules in the first year (60 ECTS). Eligible students will then complete a research dissertation (30 ECTS) in second year.

Students will simultaneously work in a clinical setting for the duration of the programme, and students learning in a clinical setting will be supported by their unit manager and named preceptor.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

1 Be a registered nurse on the General Nurse division of the register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI);

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

3 Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., emergency, and have, as a minimum, six months' clinical experience in this specialist area;

4 Have an honours degree or equivalent. Applicants who do not hold an honours degree or Higher Diploma (Level 8) may apply but must clearly demonstrate their capacity to complete a programme at this level. In addition to the other requirements outlined above, these applicants are required to submit a 1,000-word, literaturebased essay. This essay must be at the level expected of an honours degree candidate (Level 8).


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

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates have found employment in the health services, and in private hospitals and clinics.

Further enquiries

Yvonne Conway
T: +353 91 492 926


1. Externally approved: The course is approved by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann and has a clinical focus, offering opportunities for graduates to develop specialist skills.

2. Flexible learning: Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying.

3. Students must work in the clinical area for the duration of the programme. Clinical requirements for completion of the programme are to pass two clinical competencies and complete a minimum of 1,000 hours in an Emergency Department setting.

Application date

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

When To Apply: 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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