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Health Sciences - Nursing / Professional Studies

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 utilising 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 (NFQ). On successful completion of this programme a Master of Health Sciences (Nursing Studies) is awarded to those students who are registered nurses and a Master of Health Sciences (Professional Studies) to all other graduates.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Applicants will normally have gained:

A Postgraduate Diploma: for 60 ECTS (within last 5 years) at Level 9 (health/socialcare / disability /social related studies) or evidence of equivalent academic credits achieving an overall mark of 60%. These 60 ECTS will be used to apply for accreditation of prior learning for 60 ECTs toward the 120 ECTs Master of Health Sciences programme. Students must also have successfully completed a postgraduate level 9 research module (or equivalent learning) and have achieved an assessment grade of 60% on this module specifically;

And Be a registered nurse/midwife on the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland;
Or be registered on another allied healthcare professional register* as appropriate;

And Be currently employed in some aspect of health/disability or social care delivery e.g. care delivery, education, policy development, management, and associated support services. International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. A score of 6.5 in the IELTS Exam ( for information on IELTS tests) is required. This equates to a score of 570 in TOEFL.


One calendar year

Number of credits


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 within nursing/healthcare practice, management, education, research and specialism including part of the pathway to advanced practice.

Further enquiries

Dympna O'Connell
Course Co-ordinator
Department of Nursing,
St. Angela's College
Lough Gill, Sligo
T: 071-9135611

Subjects taught

Programme Content & Structure
This is a 120 ECTs level 9 Masters programme. All student applying for the programme must have a minimum of 60ECTs at postgraduate diploma level 9 (within the last 5 years) and can apply for accreditation of prior learning to gain equivalent credit on the Master of Health Sciences programme. Students then undertake the final 60 ECTs at level 9 towards the award of Master of Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies). The programme duration is one calendar year commencing in the first week in September. Students must have a research proposal (5000 words) already prepared prior to commencing the programme. Students will then undertake one research module titled Research Dissertation Practicum. Each student will be allocated a research supervisor for the duration of the programme.

Application date

Application Process:

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

*For those required to register with a professional body

Enrolment and start dates

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