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Nursing Studies

Overview
The MSc Nursing Studies programme prepares and advances students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to become confident, critical, analytical and research aware graduates. The programme provides opportunities to explore research as evidence for enhancing and changing practice and aims to advance the student's aptitudes in becoming confident, analytical and research aware.

Programme Learning Outcomes
•Critically examine the knowledge and skills for problem solving, reflection and critical thinking, fundamental to professional development and advancing practice globally
•Critically evaluate evidence informing nursing practice in monitoring, co-ordinating and managing care across a variety of health care settings
•Critically discuss national and international health strategies in promoting, maintaining and restoring health and well-being
•Demonstrate proficiency in written verbal and digital skills at individual and collaborative levels
•Apply critical thinking skills and ethical decision-making required for advancing practice
•Critically evaluate leadership and management theory and skills for working in collaborative teams in the provision of quality outcomes
•Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process
•Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning while fostering self-development and self-evaluation
•Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent learning activities
•Value the contribution of research in advancing practice in the provision of quality care
•Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in practice
•Apply the knowledge, attitude and skills to critically review research, audit findings and other evidence

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc Nursing Studies programme must normally be in possession of:
A first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement.

Candidates must be a registered nurse and provide evidence of a current registration with an appropriate Nursing/Midwifery Registration Board.

Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University.

The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application

Student must hold 65% or above in English in Standard X and XII secondary examinations and Diploma transcripts must state English is the medium of instruction throughout Diploma OR If student does not satisfy this they must hold either
IELTS of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any component OR internet Based TOEFL of 90 or above or Paper Based TOEFL of 580 or above

What to Include with your Application:
Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)English language qualifications (if English is not your first language)Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland current registration certificate or evidence of a current registration with an appropriate Nursing/Midwifery Registration Board

Recognised Prior Learning Application (if you do not meet the normal entry requirements)A copy of your birth certificate (long document)Recognised Prior Learning may also be considered for those applicants that do not meet the normal entry requirements as stated above.

Duration

1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
The MSc Nursing Studies programme prepares and advances students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to become confident, critical, analytical and research aware graduates. The programme provides opportunities to explore research as evidence for enhancing and changing practice and aims to advance the student's aptitudes in becoming confident, analytical and research aware. The abilities to respond safely with sensitivity to the needs of individuals and families for local and international communities will be fostered in an articulate, proactive, innovative and collaborative way.

Further enquiries

Kathleen Markey
Lecturer/Course Director
Department of Nursing and Midwifery,
Faculty of Education and Health Sciences,
University of Limerick.
Email: kathleen.markey@ul.ie
Tel: 353 61 234355

Subjects taught

Semester 1:
- Health Research - Methods and Methodology,
- Leading and Managing Practice,
- Principles of Primary and Community Care;
- Project Development & Study Skills

Semester 2:
- Promoting Quality and Safety in Health Care;
- Dissertation Project 1

Elective Modules (2 modules from the following):
- Health Promotion in Nursing/Midwifery Practice
- Intercultural Care
- Therapeutic Engagement

Semester 3:
- Dissertation Project 2.

Comment

The MSc Nursing Studies programme prepares and advances students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to become confident, critical, analytical and research aware graduates. The programme provides opportunities to explore research as evidence for enhancing and changing practice and aims to advance the student's aptitudes in becoming confident, analytical and research aware.

Application date

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062
email: international@ul.ie.

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Contacts
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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