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Nursing Education

The course will build on your existing knowledge and skills within nursing and will prepare you to teach this subject in the clinical and classroom setting. Possessing this enhanced level of expertise will enable you to become a valuable member of the team that supports students who are undertaking both undergraduate and specialist programmes.

This programme is aimed at preparing the registered nurses to develop a repertoire of knowledge and skills for teaching nursing students who are candidates on the An Bord Altranais Register. The programme is particularly targeted at nurses who already hold a masters degree in nursing or a related area. It aims to prepare the nurse to assume the role of registered nurse tutor (RNT).

The MSc Nursing (Education) aims to build upon and advance the registered nurse's repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values, in order to prepare the nurse to assume the role of a nurse teacher. Emphasis within this programme is given to understanding and using the principles of cognitive, affective and psychomotor elements of education within the teaching practicum.

The specific aims of the programme are to enable students to:

•Critically appraise the relationship between various knowledge forms that mediate nursing or midwifery knowledge

•Competently plan, assess and evaluate learning in the clinical practicum and the classroom through a variety of methods

•To equip the prospective nurse teacher with the skills necessary to create a quality clinical learning environment

•Demonstrate ability to participate in and contribute to philosophy of education and its effect on curriculum innovation

•Assess and evaluate clinical competencies in accordance with An Bord Altranais guidelines, requirements and standards and legislation

•Demonstrate growth in knowledge and understanding of approaches to education and practice theory drawing on a broad range of disciplines to inform nurse/midwife education

•Design a curriculum to meet educational and professional needs which is flexible and responsive

•Explore the environment in which students learn and give academic guidance and support to nursing/midwifery students which will enable nurses/midwives to practice within a multidisciplinary framework

The curriculum is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills particularly in the field of education studies. It enables nurses who wish to specialise in nursing/midwifery education and to register as Nurse Tutors with An Bord Altranais. The programme also provides an opportunity for students to examine and analyse philosophies and theories of education from both a historical and a contemporary perspective.

On successful completion of the programme, you will receive an MSc Nursing (Nurse Education) from the UCD School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems. The programme is recognised nationally and is validated by An Bord Altranais.

Particular strengths of the programme include:

•A long history of producing high quality graduates since its inception in 1960 many of whom are now working as Lecturers, Educational Facilitators and in management roles within the health services

•Access to classes within our many programmes for teaching practice

•Extensive use of IT in supporting the teaching environment of the programme

•Access to excellent facilities for lectures and a state of the art library

A range of methods will be used in an effort to expose the students to innovative and dynamic teaching/learning processes, these include lectures, small group discussions, blended learning, case presentations and clinical techniques as well as problem based learning (PBL). BlackBoard, a virtual learning environment, is used to post class notes, host web discussions and to store forms required by students throughout the programme. Assessment will be both formative and summative and the methods employed will include essay, examination, continuous assessment with varying components and case conference. Students will be expected to post their assignments electronically to BlackBoard.

Information technology
It is essential that you have access to a personal computer and an email account as communication with students is primarily undertaken by email. Lecture handouts/announcements are made available to students via Blackboard (a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching) and/or via email. Messages from the university regarding examination policy and procedures are also sent via email.

Entry requirements

•Applicants must hold a degree in Nursing/Midwifery degree or equivalent

•Applicants must be entered onto the appropriate division of the Nurses Register maintained by NMBI

•Applicants must have at least three years' experience in clinical nursing at time of attending the first day of class in semester one

•Applicants must be employed in a teaching environment prior to commencing the course and for the duration of the course

•Other criteria to be used in the assessment of the application include number of years of experience, and evidence of ongoing professional development


2 years part-time

Careers or further progression

The MSc Nursing (Education) provides you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for educating nursing students at Bachelor, Certificate, Diploma and Master's level. Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills of education will ensure you are well positioned to work in a variety of educational settings and posts both nationally and internationally. As the programme is particularly aimed at preparing nurses to assume the role of nurse teacher, many graduates eventually take up roles as clinical facilators, CNM's or education roles within the third level institutions.

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:
Dr Asmahan McCambridge
Senior Executive Assistant
B105, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6490

Academic Enquiries:
Dr Alison Clancy
B211, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 7166403

Subjects taught

Year 1 Modules

Semester 1 NMHS43260 Nursing Knowledge: Philosophy & Practice (10 ECTS)

Semester 2 NMHS43270 ResMethodsAppliedtoHealthcare (10 ECTS)

Year Long Module NMHS43630 Effective teaching Health Pro (10 ECTS)

Year Long ModuleNMHS43640 Creating Curriculum (10 ECTS)

Year Long Module NMHS43650 Teaching practicum (20 ECTS)

Year 2 Modules

Semester 1 NMHS42230 Leadership & Org Dynamics (10 ECTS)

Year Long Module NMHS43520 MSc Diss. Evidence Review (30 ECTS)

Year Long Module NMHS43530 MSc Diss. Empirical Study (30 ECTS)

Please note that students are required to choose either NMHS43530 or NMHS43520 as their Dissertation option.

Application date

Please Note - The Deadline For Submission Of Application Documents Is Wednesday, 1st August 2018 (September starts only).

•Academic Transcripts including date and grading of Degree award (non UCD only)

•Current photocopy of NMBI registration and pin

•Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Pages of Passport (non UCD only)

•Professional Reference Form

•Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

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