Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Intensive Care)—
full-time and part-time

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Intensive Care) is designed for registered nurses who wish to pursue a specialism in Intensive Care Nursing. This programme is offered full-time over one calendar year and part-time over two calendar years. Taught components of the programme are delivered in a blended learning format. Blended learning is an innovative teaching strategy which involves a combination of face-to-face and on-line learning. This means that most learning/teaching will be delivered on-line through Blackboard, an interactive learning system which connects directly to the University from your own home computer. Students are required to attend face to face workshops for a total of 12 days across the programme. The programme is comprised of seven theory/practice modules. In all modules there is an emphasis on exploring the relevance of module content to practice, similarly, practice placements allow students to explore "new" knowledge in practice, enabling them an opportunity to integrate theory and practice.

Students are required to undertake their clinical practice in an approved clinical practice setting within Ireland normally within the students own work setting. Where the environment does not provide sufficient opportunities to meet the learning outcomes of the programme addition placements will be required by the student in sites which will provide the experience needed. A minimum of 1000 clinical hours need to be completed in the specialist area while undertaking the programme.

Special Features

The course is approved by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann and has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills. The programme is offered through a blended learning format - a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching. Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying.

Key facts

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  1. Be a registered nurse on the General divisions of the Register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann. 

  2. Have a minimum of one year post-registration experience (exclusive of post-registration courses);

  3. Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., Intensive Care, and have as a minimum six months clinical experience in this specialist area.

  4. Have an honours degree or equivalent.

Applicants who hold neither an honours degree nor higher diploma (Level 8) may apply but must clearly demonstrated their capacity to undertake a programme at this level. In addition to the requirements outlined above these applicants are expected to submit a 1000 word literature based essay on a topic relevant to their specialist area. To be considered for admission this essay must be judged equivalent to an honours degree (Level 8).

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

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 6 (minimum)

Closing date: Please see the review/closing dates for further information.

Mode of study: Blended learning & workshops

Course outline

Programme content


Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice (core)
Using Research in Practice (core)
Intensive Care   Nursing 1:  
Intensive Care Nursing 2 : Intensive Care Nursing 3:

Intensive Care Nursing 4: 
Service Improvement Module
Clinical Assessment 1
Clinical Assessment 2
Clinical Assessment 3    

Applications and selections

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

Who teaches this course?

Frances Farrelly, M.Sc., BNS, RGN, RNT
Christine a. Sheehan BSN ,CCRN, MSc.
Bernard McCarthy, Dip.Nurse Mgt. (RCSI), Cert.Adult. Ed. (City & Guilds), B.Sc. (South Bank), C.Q.A.M. (GMIT), M.Sc. (Dub.)
Dr Adeline Cooney, M. Med.Sc., BNS, RGN, RNT, PhD
Sinéad Hahessy, RGN, B.A., M.A.(Soc.Sc). Pg Cert in Teaching and Learning

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PAC code

GYM16 full-time; GYM39 part-time;

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,000 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €5,776 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

EU Full time €6,000 (GYM16)

EU Part time €3,000 (GYM39)

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