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Nursing - Nursing Education

Your Course

The clinical experience you as a nurse or midwife bring to the theoretical knowledge gained in this programme promotes the development of expert educational learning and practice. This master's degree is an ideal teaching qualification. The Master of Health Sciences (Nursing Education), Major Award, is at Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This two-year programme is aimed at nurses and midwives working in the public, voluntary or private sectors. Students are required to gain 100 hours of teaching experience over the two years. To increase programme accessibility, the programme will be delivered using blended learning which combines face-to-face teaching and facilitated online learning.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. This part-time programme is offered through blended learning, a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching.

2. Its innovative and flexible approach makes it possible for students to combine working full-time with studying.

3. Practical experience gained: 100 hours of teaching practice are completed over the two years and are an integral part of the programme.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

1 Have an honours bachelor's degree at NFQ Level 8 in Nursing or a comparable qualification. Applicants who do not hold an honours degree or Higher Diploma (Level 8) must demonstrate that they have successfully completed (in the previous two years) a module at Level 9. Please consult the professional credit awards at Level 9 at:;

2 Be a registered nurse on the General, Mental Health, or Learning Disability Nurse divisions of the active register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland; or hold a professional nursing qualification deemed to be equivalent by NUI Galway;

3 Have practised as a nurse for three years post-registration (exclusive of post-registration/educational programmes);

4 Have negotiated a placement in a School/Department of Nursing Education establishment which will provide the opportunity to meet the practice requirements of this programme.


2 years, part-time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

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

Further enquiries


Dr Brona Mooney

T: +353 91 495 395


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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