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MSc Nursing (Clinical Practice)

The MSc Nursing (Clinical Practice) programme helps you to develop valuable knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical leadership and practical research methods that can be applied in the workplace.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is designed for holders of Level 9 Graduate Diploma (Specialist area) or Level 9 Higher Diploma (Specialist Area) who wish to deepen and broaden their knowledge and expertise in order to act as clinical leaders in nursing or midwifery.

Programme aims

We aim to give you a strong theoretical and practical foundation in leadership, health system dynamics and research methods, culminating in a dissertation focused on your practice context.

What will I learn?

You will sharpen your analytical and critical thinking and develop knowledge and skills that will help you assume a leadership role in clinical care.

How will I benefit?

The programme will enhance your career prospects and give you the building blocks for lifelong self-directed learning. It will provide you with the key knowledge and skills to innovate and lead in your area of practice.

Teaching methods

A wide a range of diverse and student-cantered teaching methods are used. Blackboard a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching is used extensively. Students attend multidisciplinary lectures and tutorials. The programme is focused on nursing as professional discipline and research skills to enable students to be even more effective nurses, change agents and leaders in the workplace.

Entry requirements

•Applicants must be registered as a professional nurse or midwife on a live register

•Applicants must be employed in clinical practice/management while undertaking the programme

•Experience in management is desirable

•Hold a Level 9 Graduate Diploma or Level 9 Higher Diploma in Nursing

Documents to be submitted with your application


•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)


1 year part time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers/where can I go?

With your newly developed management and leadership skills, you can work in a health care environment in a number of areas including:


•Information Systems


•Human Resource Management

•Practice Development

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:

Paul Masterson

Senior Executive Assistant

B105, UCD Health Sciences Centre

+353 1 716 6448

Academic Enquiries:

Mary Kemple


B325, UCD Health Sciences Centre

+353 1 716 6487

Subjects taught

Programme structure

This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into three trimesters.


NMHS 43880 Applied Research (Autumn)

NMHS 43870 Dissertation Evidence Synthesis (Spring & Summer)

Assessment method

This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into three semesters. Assessments are varied and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the semesters.

Application date

Closing Date: 1st August 2020.

How to apply

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.

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2020.

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