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 practice.

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 - For information on RPL click here

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

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


2 Years Full Time

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

Further enquiries

Course Director
Dr Owen Doody
Tel: +353 (0) 61 213367

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Year 1

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
• Philosophical Underpinnings of Gerontology care

Spring Semester
• Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare (12 Credits)
• Choice of Two Elective Module (9 Credits);
• Safety Planning and Risk Management in Healthcare
• 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
• Managing and Co-ordinating of Gerontology Care

Year 2

Autumn Semester
• Dissertation

Spring Semester
• Dissertation 2

Application date

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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