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Nursing - Diabetes Nursing

Your Course
Diabetes is a global health emergency with over 600 million people expected to have the condition by 2030, representing 10% of the world's population. Therefore the World Health Organisation has classed diabetes as an epidemic requiring urgent action for both prevention and management. It is a chronic metabolic condition that can cause significant cardiovascular morbidity and mortality if not managed correctly. Central to this management is controlling key physiological indices such as blood sugar, blood pressure and blood lipid levels, as well as promoting health behaviours such as regular exercise, healthy eating and not smoking.

This novel interdisciplinary programme is aimed at nurses who want to improve their knowledge and clinical skills for the care of patients with diabetes.


1. Improve knowledge of diabetes.
2. Improve skills of diabetes management.
3. Improve patient care.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Programme applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
• Be registered as a general nurse;
• Hold an active general nursing registration;
• Have a minimum of one year's post-registration experience.

Garda vetting/ police clearance is required for this programme.


2 years, full-time (MHSc); 1 year, full-time (PDip)

1DIN1 (MHSc); 1DIN9 (PDip)

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma/Masters of Health Sciences Diabetes, which are Level 9 NFQ awards, a registered nurse would be eligible to apply for clinical nurse specialist registration in diabetes.

Further enquiries

Professor Derek O'Keeffe
Consultant Endocrinologist,
Professor, CMNHS,
Clinical Science Institute, NUI Galway
T: +353 91 494 213

Application date

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. See the weblink below for full details of when and how to apply.

Online Application
Applications to most postgraduate programmes at NUI Galway are made online via

The application system will be open from 1 October 2019 to accept applications for entry to the 2020–21 academic year.

Applications are submitted via an online form, and a step-bystep guide will assist you through the process. Applicants should select the Course Instance Code(s) for the programme(s) that they are interested in, which are available on each course page of this prospectus and are also on each course website ( An application fee will be required and this is a nonrefundable. You will require an active email account to use the system.

Supporting Documents
When making an online application, most programmes require additional documentation to supplement your application, such as an essay, samples of work, a CV, etc. To see what supporting documents, if any, may be required for your programme, please visit: After submitting an application you must then upload the supporting documents.

Enrolment and start dates

2020–21 academic year

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