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Nursing - Advanced Leadership

Programme Overview:
The MSc Nursing (Advanced Leadership) is a 2 year part time Masters programme. The programme aims to develop the student's ability to critically reflect on their leadership role and examine theories and policies underpinning health and health care, at individual and organisational level while developing the student's confidence in taking a leading role as an effective member of the healthcare team and enable them to actively participate in the interdisciplinary team approach to care delivery. Students will develop an in depth knowledge of information retrieval, data management skills, referencing skills, systematic reviewing, research implementation and action research skills as well as developing and engaging in research projects and activities across disciplinary boundaries and with academic institutions in the area of leadership.

Learning Outcomes/Aims:
On successful completion of this programme the student will be able to:

Critically analyse research, relevant knowledge and evidence-based practice;

Critically evaluate the application of clinical judgement to professional leadership practice by utilising evidence-based practice;

Critically apply leadership skills in strategic planning and auditing of services as they relate to nursing practice and integrate learning form the audit process into strategies for the improvement of services;

Critically evaluate the role of teaching & education in the development of professional practice and initiate, implement and evaluate education as appropriate;

Critically analyse the components of clinical governance, patient safety and risk management and demonstrate an understanding of the challenges affecting leadership in nursing and healthcare at individual and organisational level in an ever changing healthcare system;

Compare and contrast management and leadership approaches to the effective management and leadership of organisational change for nurse leaders;

Critically self-evaluate their professional and personal learning needs and their continuing professional development and identify and accept responsibility for seeking out opportunities for growth and learning.

Entry requirements

Students who wish to join this programme must be active on the NMBI register and have a level 8 qualification. Applicants who do not hold a level 8 qualification may still be eligable to join them programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route.

Who is this programme for?
This programme is aimed at nurses who wish to advance their academic and professional knowledge and skills within leadership in nursing, to ensure that they are maximally prepared to meet the leadership challenges encountered whilst working within an ever changing health care arena.


2 Years Part Time

Number of credits

(NFQ level 9 Major Award 90 ECTS)

Careers or further progression

What next?
On successful completion a student may progress further specialist areas including; Advanced Practice and PhD studies. Recommended: PhD

Further enquiries

If you would like further information on this programme please contact:

Programme Coordinator: Ms Cassandra Kelly (

Programme Director: Ms Linda Nugent (lindanugent

Subjects taught

The two-year programme is run over four academic semesters, semester 1 is from September - December, semester 2 is from January to May, semester 3 begins in September of year 2 and semester 4 begins in January of Year 2.

The programme modules are:
Module name ECTS credits Assessment method
Year 1: Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment
Year 1: Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment
Year 1: Advanced Management & Strategy 10 Assignment
Year 1: Change Management: Theory and Practice 10 Presentation and assignment
Year 1: Education & Training 10 Presentation and assignment
Year 1: Contemporary Issues: Clinical Governance, Safety and Risk Management 10 Presentation and assignment

Year 2: Dissertation Module 30 Dissertation

Application date

Applications are accepted via the link below. A €50 application fee is required when applying. You will also be required to upload transcripts of prior education during the application process.

Applications will open Feb 2019.

Course fee

For information regarding the tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19, please contact the Programme Coordinator.

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