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Nursing - Oncology

Your course
This programme is designed for registered general nurses who wish to pursue a specialism in oncology nursing. Students are required to undertake their clinical practice in an approved clinical practice setting within Ireland, normally within the students' own work setting. Students may also be required to undertake additional placement(s) in order to meet the programme's learning outcomes.

The programme is offered full-time over two calendar years. 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. 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 completion.

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;

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

3. Be currently working in an approved oncology care setting and have as a minimum six months clinical experience in this specialist area;

4. Satisfy the selection panel of ability to complete the programme;

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

6 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 literature-based essay on a topic relevant to oncology nursing. 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).

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Graduates have found employment and promotion opportunities nationally and internationally in clinical nurse specialist roles and clinical trials (oncology).

Further enquiries

Dr Maura Dowling
T: +353 91 493 833


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 course is currently undergoing approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

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