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Nursing - Dementia Care

The overall aim of the Master of Sciencein Nursing(Dementia Care) programme is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to develop and enhance specialist level knowledge and skills in the area of person centred dementia care. A key goal of this programme is to prepare practitioners for the challenges of leading and delivering specialist/ advanced level person centred dementia practice across a variety of settings. To achieve this goal, programme content focusses on providing practitioners with the theoretical underpinnings, clinical exposure and competence for the development of knowledge and skills in areas of assessment and therapeutic interventions for persons with dementia.

On completion of the programme students will be able to:

- Critically examine evidence to inform best practice in monitoring co-ordinating and managing care for people with dementia

- Critically explore professional standards relevant to dementia care

- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of therapeutic interventions used in the management and care of persons with dementia

- Apply critical thinking skills and ethical decision making required for advancing practice

- Critically examine the value of multidisciplinary collaboration in the provision of quality evidenced bases outcomes of care for persons with dementia

- Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in dementia care practice

- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process

- Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning while fostering self- development and self -evaluation

- Demonstrate responsibility for personal and professional development in advocating person centred care for people with dementia

- Apply critical thinking and reflective skills in promoting and advancing person centred dementia care

- Appreciate the contribution of research in informing and advancing dementia care in practice settings

Programme Content
The programme is listed as full time but is taken on a part time basis. The 90 credit MSc in Nursing (Dementia Care) consists of six modules in Year One (Graduate Diploma Level, 60 credits) and one small scale research project/ dissertation in Year 2 (Masters Level 30 credits). In year one students undertake two theory modules in each semester , ( one specialist module in dementia care and one core module) as well as one clinical practicum module in semesters one and two, a total of six modules in year one of the programme. As part of the clinical practicum modules students are required to fulfil 1100 hours clinical practice time over the two semesters in year one, in addition to successfully completing specialist dementia care competences. Students are required to attend in University for a total of 13 days in year one, one introductory day and 6 days lectures in the Autumn and Spring semesters. In year two students will be required to complete a small scale research project or a systematic review, or a practice based enquiry within a supported framework. Students will be required to attend for one introductory day in the Autumn semester of year 2. They will be assigned an academic supervisor and will meet as required with their supervisor during completion of year 2.

Entry requirements

1. A registered nurse on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

2. Be engaged in practice as a registered nurse for at least one year

3. Students would normally possess a primary degree( Minimum 2.2) or show evidence of recognized prior learning (RPL) as outlined in the ( RPL) policy of the

University and Department of Nursing and Midwifery

4. Students are required to be working in a practice setting with persons with dementia for the duration of the programme

5. 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 criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick

The MSc in Nursing (Dementia Care) will be offered as a full time programme but taken on a part time basis over two years with the option of an exit award on completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma). Students can also opt to progress to year two for the MSc award having attained a minimum QCA of 2.00 at the end of year one.

Standard Degree Applicants/ Include with your application

Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)

English language qualifications ( Taken in the last 2 years,if English is not your first language)

Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland current registration certificate

A copy of birth certificate (Long Document)

An application fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bankdraft/Cheque.

Recognized Prior Learning Applicants/ who do not meet standard entry requirements / Include with your application

· A Copy of birth certificate( Long Document)

· Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate

· 1000 word typed Recognized Prior Learning Statement

· Copies of all certificates or diploma’s as part of prior learning to date

· An application fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bankdraft/Cheque.


2 years full-time.

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
Successful completion of year one of the master’s programme (Graduate Diploma award) will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for clinical nurse specialist posts. The MSc award on successful completion of year 2 will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for advanced practice posts.

Further enquiries

Dr. Owen Doody, Course Director, Postgraduate Programmes
Department of Nursing and Midwifery
Telephone: 00 353 61 213367, Mobile: 00 353 86 8379781

Subjects taught

Year 1 (Graduate Diploma):
- Health Research Methods - Methodology ( 12 Credits)
- Principles Underpinning Dementia Care (9 Credits)
- Clinical Practicum 1( 9 Credits)

- Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare (12 Credits)
- Therapeutic Interventions in Dementia Care(9Credits)
- Clinical Practicum 2 (9Credits)

Year 2 (Masters):
- Dissertation 1, (9 Credits)

- Dissertation 2 (21 Credits)


This programme is designed to respond to the need for increased awareness, understanding and enhancement of services to foster an enriched model of living for persons with dementia. Concepts of quality, person centred care, safety and evidence based practice are central to the philosophy, design and overall delivery of the programme.

Application date

Application Deadline: to be confirmed.

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

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.

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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