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Health Sciences - Professional Studies / Nursing Studies & Healthcare Quality Studies

Programme Description
The aim of this programme is to facilitate health care professionals develop and augment their knowledge and skills in a manner conducive to the development of their professional practice. The Postgraduate Diploma programme reflects many of the issues driving the current paradigm shift in health care delivery and will challenge the participants to reflect on their own and their work settings capacity and capability to respond to such a shift. The multi-disciplinary nature of the programme is mirroring the current and desired approach to health care delivery. A key feature of this programme will be the application of theory to practice, preparing students who are flexible, competent and can practice with confidence.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Be a registered nurse on the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
Be an allied health professional registered on the appropriate professional register and 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.

Applicants will normally have gained

• A primary degree (min. 2.2) (health sciences related) or evidence of equivalent academic credits. Students who do not have the aforementioned will be required to compile a portfolio to provide evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

• International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall score of 6.5 in the IELTS Exam ( for information on IELTS tests) is required.


All modules must be completed within five years of registering for first module to be eligible for award of Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences. On successful completion of this Postgraduate Diploma, you may progress to the one year research based Master of Health Sciences programme (see details on page 10). In order to be eligible you will require an aggregate of 60% in your Postgraduate Diploma.

Careers or further progression

Research/ Employment Opportunities
Students are empowered in their work arena to respond actively to changes in their current place of work and become key drivers in the development of their professional practice. This Postgraduate Diploma programme will support employment and promotional opportunities within nursing and health care practice, management and education. This programme is a pathway to progressing to Masters level education.

Further enquiries

Ms Dympna O'Connell
Department of Nursing & Health Studies
St Angela’s College
Lough Gill
T: 071 9135611
E: Dympna O'Connell:

Subjects taught

Programme Content & Structure
The programme content is tailored to meet the student’s needs. A total of six modules can be completed over a 2-5 year period. A large proportion of the modules are delivered in a blended learning/e-learning format; hence requiring limited college attendance.

Professional/Nursing Studies
The programme consists of six modules of which two are core (Enhancing Evidence Based Practice and Advanced Research Skills). Students can select the remaining four modules from a suite of modules which address management; quality; clinical and professional issues.


Post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Professional Studies)

Post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing Studies)

Healthcare Quality Studies
The Healthcare Quality Studies pathway consists of six modules of which two are core (Advanced Research skills and Quality in Healthcare Management). Students can select the remaining four modules from the following; Risk Management; Ethical Practice; Information, Measurement & Evaluation, Clinical Audit or Patient Safety in the Healthcare Setting.

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Healthcare Quality Studies)

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