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Nursing - Year 2

MSc Nursing (Year 2)

NFQ Level 9, 30 ECTS Credits

Programme Overview:
The RCSI School of Nursing & Midwifery offers a first class educational experience. As a year two Master of Nursing/Midwifery student you will develop a cutting edge research knowledge base built on exposure to modern day best practice in Research and Evidence Based Practice.

You will also receive a high level of positive based support in completing your Masters assessments in a rigorous manner, meaning that you will achieve a high standard Masters level degree.

This degree will fully equip you to further advance your Nursing or Midwifery career and most importantly arm you with the research skills necessary to play your role in ensuring Nursing & Midwifery continues to be based on the best evidence.

The Programme:
Our MSc programme requires students to develop a systematic review based on a topic of their choosing. The programme consists of in class lecture time and face to face contact time with an experienced supervisor who will facilitate your learning. Throughout the year you will be assessed on 4 pieces of work:

1. A oral assessment: in this assessment you will present your topic to two members of the academic team, this assessment is very short but focuses you on the task at hand.

2. An ethics submission: in this submission you will write an assignment based on the ethics classes which you will study.

3. A Methodology assignment: In this assignment you will cover the methological approaches to your study.

4. A systematic review: you will write a systematic review with the guidance of your supervisor. Many of our students later have their work published in journals.

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

Critically discuss the ethical principles governing research practice/structured iterative reviews

Critically discuss the theoretical underpinnings related to the variety of research approaches/structured iterative reviews

Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of techniques and approaches in data collection, analysis and interpretation, in research and structured iterative reviews

Prepare a protocol for the conduct of a research project or a structured iterative review

Conduct a well-designed research project/ structured iterative reviews

Demonstrate the ability to produce a paper, based on a critical analysis of their completed research project or iterative review, that is ready for submission to an academic journal.

Demonstrate the ability to develop an abstract based on a critical analysis their completed research project/iterative review that is ready for submission as a conference presentation.

Entry requirements

Students who wish to join this programme must be active on the NMBI register and have a completed a level 9 post graduate diploma in the last 5 years - if you do no meet these criteria, please contact us for further guidance.


Programme Structure:
This programme has a September intake, taking place over 1 academic year, students will attend college on a part time basis and work alongside a dedicated supervisor to complete their research.

Number of credits

NFQ Level 9, 30 ECTS Credits

Careers or further progression

What next?
On successful completion a student may opt to complete the Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership, Post Graduiate Certificate (Advanced Practice) or PhD Nursing. Recommended: PhD Nursing

Further enquiries

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

Programme Coordinator: Mr James Hayes (
Programme Director: Dr Declan Patton (

Subjects taught

Module Name
Generating Evidence for Practice

ECTS Credits 30

Assessment Method
Oral presentation of project proposal
Ethics group project
Assignment: Methodological issues in iterative reviews and original research projects
Assignment: Preparation of manuscript for publication and abstract for conference submission

Application date

Applications for this programme will open in March 2019.

Enrolment and start dates

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

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