Master of Health Sciences
(Chronic Illness Management)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview

NUI Galway offers scholarships for some Masters students – please click here to see if you are eligible for this funding.

This Master of Health Sciences programme is aimed at preparing you to engage in chronic illness prevention and management. It will prepare you as a health professional to work collaboratively with clients and each other to deliver the HSE’s Transformation Programme, deliver care in line with the “share care model” for chronic illness, and effectively contribute to the delivery of self-management enhancing programmes.

The programme is multidisciplinary and welcomes applications from healthcare professionals from the wider multidisciplinary team (including medical doctors, nurses, midwives, physio-therapists, occupational and speech and language therapists).

The programme is offered through blended learning, a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching. This is an innovative and flexible approach, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying.

Key facts

Entry requirements

This course is open to qualified health professionals (doctor, midwife, nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, podiatrist, speech & language therapist, other) currently registered with their relevant professional body and actively involved in clinical practice.

Candidates must have secured a final grade of at least Second Class Honours in their primary degree, or hold a relevant Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9).

Duration: 1 calendar year, full-time; 2 calendar-years, part-time

Next start date: September 2016

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 6

Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Mode of study: Taught/Blended learning

Course outline

Programme outline (subject to change):

The year is divided into two teaching semesters (September–December and January– April). During the summer period (May–August), you will focus on completing a minor dissertation based on original research. You will complete four core modules and two option modules (from a selection provided) during the taught element of the programme. Students must complete the taught element of the programme to Second Class Honours standard (i.e., 60%) before proceeding to complete the dissertation element.

Modules, Semester 1: Critical Issues in Chronic Illness, Literature Based Research Skills, Option

Modules, Semester 2: Effective Chronic Illness Management Strategies for Healthcare Professionals, Health Research Methods, Option

Module, Semester 3: Research Dissertation (original research on a relevant topic).

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

Dr Adeline Cooney
Dr Sean Dinneen
Dr Georgina Gethin
Dr Marcella Kelly
Ms Catherine Meagher
Dr Mary O’Hara
Dr Micheál Newell
Ms Siobhan Smyth
Ms Edel Tierney
Ms Alison Van Laar

Requirements and assessment

Assesment is by a combination of coursework and examinations.

Find out more

Dr Mary O’Hara
T: +353 91 493 684

PAC code

GYM58 (full-time)
GYM59 (part-time)

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,650 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €7,426 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

GYM58 (full-time) €7,650 p.a.  GYM59 (part-time) €3,825 p.a.

Current students

Carmel O’Donnell, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care

"This is a very dynamic, interesting, challenging and relevant course. It reflects what is happening (and is predicted to happen) in clinical practice due to the increasing demands and burdens (personal, societal, global and economic) associated with chronic disease. The person-centred philosophy embedded in the course content is unique, and this person-centred approach is further embraced by all the lecturers. The balance of professionalism with friendliness, support and the time they afford to students is very reassuring when studying at Masters level. A very practical, multi-professional course suitable for a range of specialities."

School of Medicine Postgraduate Brochure

Past Students

Laura Towey, Staff Nurse - Stroke Unit

"This programme offers great variety in module selection so you can tailor the course to suit your interests and the academic support from lecturers is second to none. I know that this programme will open up a range of opportunities in my future career. It’s a Masters that would suit any healthcare discipline and everyone will find it challenging, relevant and enjoyable. With chronic illness at epidemic levels, healthcare professionals need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills which this course provides, to move with a changing health service delivering high quality health care with a focus on patient self-management."