The overall aim of the MSc in Nursing is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to develop and enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to care for patients/clients to the highest professional standards across the health care continuum. The modules offered are grounded in a body of evidence-based knowledge that promotes excellence in nursing/midwifery practice.

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:
•Critically evaluate evidence underpinning and informing nursing/midwifery practice.
•Demonstrate the knowledge required for advancing nursing/midwifery practice.
•Critically examine the knowledge and skills of; reflection, critical thinking and analysis fundamental to the development and advancement of nursing/midwifery practice.
•Critically review current innovations and developments in promoting quality and safety in healthcare.
•Apply critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills required for advancing nursing/midwifery practice.
•Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process.
•Critically evaluate leadership and management strategies for collaborative working in care provision.
•Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent learning activities in supporting personal and professional development.
•Demonstrate the ability of self-evaluation and appraisal.

Programme Content

The programme is listed as full time but is taken on a part time basis. The 90 credit MSc in Nursing/Midwifery consists of six modules in Year One (Graduate Diploma Level, 60 credits) and a research project/dissertation in Year 2 (Masters Level 30 credits). In year one students undertake three theory modules in semester one and two, a total of six modules in year one of the programme. Students are required to attend in University for a total of 13 days in year one, one introductory day and 6 days lectures in both the Autumn and Spring semesters. In year two students will be required to attend for one introductory day in the Autumn semester and complete a small scale research project or a systematic review, or a practice based enquiry within a supported framework. Students will be assigned an academic supervisor who will guide and support them during year 2.

Year 1

•Health Research Methods – Methodology (12 Credits)
•Leading and Managing Practice (9 Credits);
Choice of One Elective Module (9 Credits);•Principles of Primary and Community Care
•Supporting Perinatal Mental Health
•Assessment in Rehabilitation of the Older Person
•Principles Underpinning Dementia Care
•Advanced Assessment in Respiratory Nursing
•Principles of Palliative Care in Practice
•Principles Underpinning Perioperative Nursing
•Theories of Psychosocial Assessment and Care

Spring•Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare (12 Credits)
Choice of Two Elective Module (9 Credits);•Intercultural Care
•Health Promotion in Nursing / Midwifery Practice
•Therapeutic Engagement
•Therapeutic Interventions in Rehabilitation Nursing of the Older Person
•Therapeutic Interventions in Dementia Care
•Therapeutic Interventions in Palliative Care
•Managing and Co-Ordinating Perioperative Care
•Psychosocial Interventions
•Therapeutic Interventions in Respiratory Care
•Tracheostomy Care
•Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare;

Year 2
•Dissertation 1

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A registered nurse/ midwife on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
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
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

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

The MSc Nursing/Midwifery 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 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 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 MSNUNGTFAD

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Owen Doody
Mobile: +353 (0) 86 8379781

Tel: +353 (0) 61 213367

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Autumn Semester
• Health Research Methods – Methodology (12 Credits)
• Leading and Managing Practice (9 Credits);
• Choice of One Elective Module (9 Credits);
• Principles of Primary and Community Care
• Supporting Perinatal Mental Health
• Principles Underpinning Dementia Care
• Advanced Assessment in Respiratory Nursing
• Principles of Palliative Care in Practice
• Principles Underpinning Perioperative Nursing
• Theories of Psychosocial Assessment and Care

Spring Semester
• Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare (12 Credits)
• Choice of Two Elective Module (9 Credits);
• Intercultural Care
• Health Promotion in Nursing / Midwifery Practice
• Therapeutic Engagement
• Therapeutic Interventions in Dementia Care
• Therapeutic Interventions in Palliative Care
• Managing and Co-Ordinating Perioperative Care
• Psychosocial Interventions
• Therapeutic Interventions in Respiratory Care
• Tracheostomy Care
• Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare
• Perinatel Bereavement and Loss

Autumn Semester
• Dissertation 1

Spring Semester
• Dissertation 2

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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