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Professional Development Modules - Stand Alone

The Department delivers a number of stand-alone modules which address issues of interest to all health and social care professionals. Each module runs over one semester. Credits attained can be accumulated over a 2-3-year timeframe and put towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing/ Professional Studies). The modules are delivered in a flexible manner to accommodate the learning requirements of busy healthcare professionals. Alternatively, those who opt not to be assessed in the module receive a certificate of attendance. Below is an example of some of the modules on offer and please note that there are modules relevant to all disciplines such as acute care, mental health and intellectual disability

Entry requirements

Level 8 Undergraduate Degree (H2.2) or equivalent. For students without the relevant academic qualification but with relevant previous experience, recognition for prior learning can be awarded.


1 Semester (12 weeks).

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Contact: Dympna O'Connell (Course Co-ordinator)
Department of Nursing,
Health Sciences and Disability Studies
St. Angela's College, Lough Gill, Sligo
T: 071-9135611

Subjects taught

• Advanced Research Skills
• Healthcare Ethics
• Quality and Healthcare Management
• Patient Safety in the Healthcare Setting
• Advanced Clinical Skills (Nursing only)
• Advance Wound Care Management (Run in NUI Galway)
• Fundamentals of the Coaching Relationship (New for 2020)
• Principles of Healthcare Leadership (New for 2020)
• Behaviours that Challenge
• Autistic Spectrum Disorder
• Historical Perspective in Disability Studies (New for 2020)
• Therapeutic Communication
• Assessing and Managing Individuals Following Deliberate Self-Harm
• Eating Disorders in Adults and Adolescents
• Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
• Early Intervention for People Developing First Episode Psychosis
Full module descriptions available on

"Being able to do modules on this framework on a stand-alone basis is great and the availability of e-learning makes it very easy to incorporate into a work schedule. " Rosaleen Walsh - Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Nursing/Professional Studies)


Module Structure
All on-line modules have a weighting of 15 ECTS. All modules are completed within one semester.

Students may wish to exit with one standalone module or Postgraduate Certificate (completion of two modules or 30 ECTS), Postgraduate Diploma (completion of four modules or 60 ECTS).

Participants may also progress to MA level on successful completion of three modules or 45 ECTS.

Assessment method

Module Assessment
Assessment is continuous, with each module assessed independently through e-tivities, discussion boards and a written assignment or equivalent.

For those who opt not to be assessed, participants may audit a module or modules and receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Application date

Application Process: Go to Prospective Students and Postgraduate Programmes to download an application form and to view all modules.

Enrolment and start dates

Intake: Normally, every second year.

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