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Nursing - Advanced Practice

The MSc Nursing (Advanced Practice) programme will equip you with advanced knowledge and skills relevant to enhancing nursing practice. On completion of the programme you can apply for registration to become an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP).

Who is this programme for?
This programme is aimed at educationally preparing nurses to become an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) in a relevant area of specialist practice. Advanced nursing practice is carried out by autonomous, experienced practitioners who are competent, accountable and responsible for their own practice.

Aims of Programme
This programme aims to provide you with strong theoretical and clinical foundations in advanced practice, leadership and research methods, culminating in a dissertation focused on your practice context.

Entry requirements

•Applicants must be registered as professional nurses or midwives on a live register
•Applicants must have a primary degree in nursing or a related subject, or hold an equivalent qualification
•Applicants must have a minimum of five years post-registration experience
•Applicants must have three years in the chosen area of specialist practice
•Applicants must provide evidence of continuing professional development
•Applicants must provide documented support from the Director of Nursing and Physician in your practice setting
•Applicants must designate a mentor who will provide support and supervision in practice.

In addition, applicants must:
•Be nominated and have confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor
•Seek support from an employer to undertake the programme
•Possess IT competencies


2 years part-time

Careers or further progression

Prior to coming on the MSc Nursing (Advanced Practice) programme it is necessary to identify, with your Director of Nursing, an advanced practice role in response to patient need. While on the programme your focus will be on developing the appropriate knowledge and skills to enable you to work as an advanced nurse practitioner. With your newly-developed advanced knowledge, clinical skills, leadership and research skills, you can work as an advanced nurse practitioner candidate and apply for accreditation as an advanced nurse practitioner. You may wish to extend your project work and undertake a research degree.

Further enquiries

 Bernadette Manley
 Senior Executive Assistant
 B213, UCD Health Sciences Centre
 +353 1 716 6499

Academic Enquiries:
 Dr Eileen Furlong
 B221, UCD Health Sciences Centre
 +353 1 716 6478

Subjects taught

What will I learn?

You will learn advanced nursing assessment and diagnostic skills and sharpen your analytical and critical thinking to enable you to independently provide optimum patient care through caseload management of acute and/or chronic illness.

How will I benefit?
The curriculum is designed to develop your advanced knowledge and skills to enable you to be competent to work as an advanced nurse practitioner. On successful completion of this programme you will be eligible to apply for registration as an ANP.

Highly focused on advancing clinical practice
This programme was the first of its kind in Ireland and is focused on developing advanced practical, leadership and research skills to enable graduates to be expert practitioners, researchers and clinical leaders.

Innovative modules
A central aspect of this programme is ensuring nurses develop the necessary assessment skills to carry out an advanced health assessment on patients. The use of clinical skills laboratories and clinical assessments in the student's clinical area provide an interactive and innovative learning experience.
Clinical practicums are a key component of the programme and involves self-directed learning and assessment, engagement with lecturers in the clinical environment and the supervision of a mentor.

The student body who choose to undertake the MSc Nursing (Advanced Practice) are self-selecting and have a vision for nursing. They are already leaders in nursing in Ireland and are drawn from a wide variety of clinical specialisms and organisations, enabling the sharing of learning and experience between you and your class members, as well as from the academic staff.

This is a part-time degree, taking place over 2 years. The programme starts in September and ends in May. Classes take place on Mondays in Semesters 1 and 2. The dissertation is completed over the Semester 1 and 2 and involves attendance at three one-day workshops. In addition the students undertake clinical practicums where theory and clinical modules are applied directly to patient care.

The programme take place over two academic years. The programme is comprised of two core modules, four advanced practice modules and two advanced research modules. Lecturers work closely with you and your clinical mentor to ensure the course objectives are met. You complete a research project due for submission at end of Year 2. You are allocated a supervisor at the beginning of the programme to support you in completing your project.

Students take the following modules and complete a research project:
•Advanced Health Assessment
•Nursing Knowledge: Philosophy and Practice
•Research Methods Applied to Healthcare
•Leadership and Organisational Dynamics
•Advanced Research Methods Applied to Healthcare
•Decision Analysis in Case Management
•2 x Clinical Practicums

Application date

Closing Date: 30th June 2018

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2018

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