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Nursing - Gerontology

Your course
This programme is for all nurses caring for older people in acute, community or long-term care settings. The programme aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and competency to provide high quality care for older people that accords with the World Health Organisation (2003, pp.6–7) philosophy of gerontological nursing.

The programme is offered full-time over two calendar years. On completion of the six modules in 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 2nd 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 an average of 12 days across the programme. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours before completing this programme. Career opportunities Graduates have found employment and promotion opportunities nationally and internationally.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
• Be registered as a nurse on the live register of An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hĒireann (NMBI) i.e. General, Psychiatric or Intellectual Disability Register;

• Be currently working in a setting that requires them to provide care for older people and have as a minimum six months’ clinical experience of working with this client group;

• Provide written evidence of support from the Director of Nursing for the duration of the programme;

• Applicants who do not hold an honours degree or Higher Diploma (Level 8) may apply but will be required to submit a 1,000 word literature-based essay. 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).

Further enquiries

Phil Noone
T: +353 91 492 831

Mary Gannon
T: +353 91 495 843


Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences.

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. Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning. Students can integrate working full-time with study.

3. This course is currently pending approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

Enrolment and start dates

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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