Institution / St Angelas College Sligo
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Health Sciences - Specialist Nursing / Research

Programme Description
The aim of this programme is to challenge and facilitate students to critically analyse the theoretical and practical knowledge required to undertake an original small scale research study utilizing a systematic rigorous approach in order to generate findings that are transferable to the practice setting.

This programme is aimed at students who have professional and academic experience equivalent to Level 9 (NQAI). A Master of Health Sciences (Specialist Nursing) is awarded to those students who also possess a Postgraduate Diploma in a nursing speciality only. All other graduates are awarded a Master of Health Sciences (Research).

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have gained a Postgraduate Diploma (health sciences related) or evidence of equivalent academic credits at level 9 and have achieved a grade of 60 or above. Be a registered nurse on the Register maintained by An Bord Altranais

Be registered on the appropriate professional register
Be currently employed in health care, either in: clinical practice/management/ research / education. Some modules may only be undertaken while working in a specific related area. This is specified in module descriptions.


1 year part-time.

Number of credits

10 ECTS: Advanced Research Skills
80 ECTS: Dissertation Practicum

Careers or further progression

Research/Employment Opportunities
The completion of the MHSc will provide the student with a Masters qualification that will support many employment and promotion opportunities and promotion within nursing/health practice, management, education, research and specialism including a pathway to advanced practice.

Further enquiries

Dympna O’Connell
Course Co-ordinator
St. Angela’s College
Lough Gill Sligo

T: 071-9135611

Subjects taught

Programme Content & Structure
Two modules:
• Advanced Research Skills (10 ECTS)
• Dissertation Practicum (80ECTS)

Each student will be allocated a research supervisor for the duration of the academic year.


Master of Health Sciences (Specialist Nursing/Research)

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