Nursing - Non-EU Applicants

The MSc in Nursing for Non-EU applicants can be taken full-time programme (i.e. 90 credits) over 12 months from the date of first registration (commencing in September of each year). It is designed to provide students from outside Ireland and EU (i.e. non-EU applicants) and from a range of different nursing backgrounds with a Masters degree. The programme is non-clinical, comprising theory modules only.


On successful completion of the non-clinical pathway, students should be able to:
-exercise enhanced personal and professional competence through accountability and autonomy in professional practice;
-practise with greater insight of the research-base, ethical, socio-political and professional underpinnings of nursing/midwifery and health care;
-demonstrate higher levels of judgement in the practice of nursing/midwifery through the generation of nursing knowledge for innovative nursing and midwifery practice;
-act as innovators and leaders in a chosen area and contribute to practice development and best practice;
-teach others from a broad and in-depth knowledge base, derived from critical reflection on nursing practice and the development of critical inquiry of disciplinary knowledge base in nursing and midwifery.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc in Nursing for NON-EU applicants should:

(a) Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing Board/Statutory Body in the country in which they intend to practice while undertaking the course. NOTE: Applicants may take clinical practice modules in their own country OR in Ireland (Registration with Irish Nursing & Midwifery Board would be required to practice in Ireland and this would need to be completed prior to acceptance onto the programme

For candidates who choose to complete practice module in their home countries, the School of Nursing & Midwifery must be satisfied that appropriate organisational support structures and clinical supervision are in place. Alternatively, completion of practice module in Ireland will be possible only if the School of Nursing & Midwifery can negotiate the relevant placements with local health service providers.

(b) Hold a primary degree in nursing (min 2nd class hons standard) OR hold a Higher/Postgraduate Diploma in relevant nursing area.

(c) If first language is not English, provide current evidence (within 2 years) of Minimum English Language proficiency as follows:

- IELTS 6.5 with no section lower than 6.0

Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at

(d) Have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways as follows:

(e) Provide original Police Clearance Certificate(s) from the country or countries of residence

(f) Provide Original Medical Report/Health Screening Form

(g)Complete Garda Vetting Process on arrival during registration

Non Clinical Pathway: There are no specific post registration practice requirements for applicants to this pathway, although some clinical experience in area of interest in desirable.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .


1 year Full-time

Further enquiries

Carol Condon
School of Nursing & Midwifery
T: +353(0)21 4901486

Application date

Closing Date: 15 June 2019

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: August 2019

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