Choosing a course is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make! View our courses and see what our students and lecturers have to say about the courses you are interested in at the links below.
Each year more than 4,000 choose NUI Galway as their University of choice. Find out what life at NUI Galway is all about here.
About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a rang of key areas of expertise.
Business & Industry
Guiding Breakthrough Research at NUI Galway
We explore and facilitate commercial opportunities for the research community at NUI Galway, as well as facilitating industry partnership.
- Alumni, Friends & Supporters
At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Clinical Primary Care (PDip/Cert)
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences
(Clinical Primary Care)
Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences
(Clinical Primary Care)
College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences
The central importance of primary care has been repeatedly endorsed by governments in recent years. This course has been designed to meet your changing educational needs as a doctor or nurse working in primary care, using a combination of distance learning and face-to-face workshops. You can take a single module in a subject of your choice or work towards a PgCert/PDip.
This course has built-in flexibility to meet the needs of busy health-care professionals, allowing you to learn at a time and place that suits you. It is accredited for Continuing Medical Education and has received An Bord Altranais Category II approval.
The modules are delivered using an e-learning platform supported by dedicated skills training sessions at NUI Galway (usually two non-consecutive days per module). The distance education format allows you to engage in learning at a time and place that suit your lifestyle.
Postgraduate Certificate = any 3 modules, at least 2 clinical.
Postgraduate Diploma = any 6 modules, at least 3 clinical.
The course is recognised for external CPD by the Irish College of General Practitioners, and has received Category 2 approval from An Bord Altranais.
Applicants must be registered healthcare professionals currently working in clinical practice in an Irish primary care setting. Applicants from secondary care may also be considered. General computer literacy is essential.
PDip: 10 months, full-time, in service
PgCert: 6 months, full-time, in service
Stand-alone modules: 6–12 weeks, full-time in service
Next start date: September 2016
ECTS weighting: 60 (PDip), 30 (PgCert)
Average intake: 20 (combined)
Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date website.
Advanced Wound Care Management (trimester 2)
Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care (trimester 2)
Diabetes in Primary Care (trimester 2)
Infectious Disease in Primary Care (trimester 1)
Mental Health in Primary Care (trimester 3)
Minor Surgery and Related Dermatology (trimester 3)
Respiratory Disease in Primary Care (trimester 1)
Women's Health in Primary Care (trimester 3)
Clinical Teaching Methodologies (trimester 2)
Collaboration and Interagency Working (trimester 2)
Concepts & Principles of Primary Care (trimester 1)
Health Research Methods (trimester 1)
Literature Based Research Skills (trimester 1)
Anyone interested in completing a Masters in Primary Care should note that the final three modules listed above are mandatory – for more information please click here.
All modules are available on a stand-alone basis, or can be accumulated towards an award of PgCert (any three modules, at least two clinical) or PDip (any six modules, at least three clinical). Modules can be accumulated over a period of between one and three years, as you wish. Each module is delivered via a mix of online distance learning and face-to-face workshops in Galway (usually two non-consecutive days per module).
(Note: all programmes are suitable for those in full-time employment and may be taken over three years if required.)
Applications and selections
Who teaches this course?
Dr. Sarah Brennan
Dr. Patricia Cremin
Dr. Sean Dinneen
Dr. Eva Flynn
Dr. Liam Glynn
Dr. Brian Hallahan
Ms Mette Jensen
Dr. Kim Kavanagh
Ms. Marcella Kelly
Dr. Emma Kilgarriff
Dr. Redin Lawlor
Dr. Gary MacDonald
Ms. Maura Molloy
Dr. Micheál Newell
Dr. Grainne Ní Fhoghlu
Ms. Siobhan Smyth
Ms. Edel Tierney
Ms. Alison Van Laar
Requirements and assessment
Find out more
T: +353 91 493 699
This course is recognised for external CPD by the Irish College of General Practitioners, and has received Category 2 approval from An Bord Altranais. The content of the course is well aligned with the new HSE clinical care pathways, and will help community-based practitioners to meet the increasing expectation to demonstrate their continuing competence.
Inter-disciplinary learning provides new and interesting challenges for primary care professionals that reflect many of the issues that occur in the context of primary care teams. Thus involvement in the NUI Galway clinical primary care modules will support better primary care team development and operation.
Donal Walsh, GP
"This course provides a very informative and interactive platform by which to learn/embellish some of the most important aspects of Irish primary care. There is a good mix of clinical and non-clinical modules. The online activities ensured consistent interaction between course participants, and provided an opportunity for us to learn from each other as well as from our tutors."
"Taking on a postgraduat course: the challenges for me felt enormous ... to study at university, never having attended before (I had qualified as a General Nurse years previously); I had put it off for years thinking I would never be able to do the essays having limited typing skills and a good measure of technophobia! There was a lot of rote-learning in my nursing training, the postgraduate course requires you to read around a subject and form your own opinion. This is important because medical information/standards are not static; constant research brings regular change, knowing where to find up-to-date guidelines and accredited research is vital for practice today.
I chose NUI Galway because the course suited my educational needs for work perfectly. I was new to practice nursing and wanted to do all clinical modules and that was not a problem. All the coursework was relevant to my practice; assignments like the audits seemed daunting at first but are a key part of healthcare today and having completed the first one I would not be afraid of them anymore!"
Download taught and research
Catherine O'Dowd, Practice Nurse
"Every Practice Nurse should consider this Diploma! The modules are very topical and relevant while the skills and knowledge acquired transfer easily to my everyday practice. This provides patient and professional satisfaction which I find hugely rewarding, and also has enhanced my role within the practice team. The blended learning system through which this course is delivered provided the flexibility to maintain my work, study and personal commitments. The student is well supported by tutors and fellow students. Study days on campus were always thoughtfully organised and facilities were excellent."
"I chose NUI Galway because the course suited my educational needs for work perfectly. I was new to practice nursing and wanted to do all clinical modules and that was not a problem. All the coursework was relevant to my practice; assignments like the audits seemed daunting at first but are a key part of healthcare today and having completed the first one I would not be afraid of them anymore!
I could never have undertaken the course without the flexible structure offered at NUI Galway. It meant balancing family/ work/study feasible for me. Travel is kept to a minimum. Maximum use of time is possible using online facilities."