Master of Health Sciences (Specialist Nursing)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview

This one year programme has been developed to meet the requirements of the Nursing community, specialist practice units and An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann policy criteria.

Lifelong learning is a continually supportive process that stimulates and empowers individuals to acquire the knowledge, values, skills and understanding they will require throughout their lifetime and apply them with confidence. The development of the Master of Health Sciences (Specialist Nursing) programme has been guided by the principles of lifelong learning.

Nursing practice is becoming increasingly specialised and complex and practitioners need to be able to respond to this complexity and be flexible and adaptive to change. To ensure that health care is cost effective and appropriate it is also important that clinical actions are based upon research evidence. Practitioners therefore require critical, analytical and reflective skills and also a breadth and depth of knowledge and research understanding to underpin practice. Nurses work in a multidisciplinary health environment and are partners in care with other healthcare professionals. It is important that the educational preparation for nurses enable them to develop the requisite skills and knowledge to function as equal partners, this is particularly important as educational preparation for other health professionals is at degree level and beyond. This programme offers specialist nurses with the opportunity to meet these challenges of health care. The programme involves a taught research methods module to support the completion of a research dissertation.

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. Have attained Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Level 9) with an aggregated mark of at least 60%.
2. Be a registered nurse on the General, Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse divisions of the active Register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann;
OR
Hold a professional nursing qualification deemed to be equivalent by the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences;
OR
Hold an appropriate active nursing registration as recognised in the country in which they practice
3. Have practised as a nurse for a minimum of two years post registration (exclusive of post-registration/educational programmes).

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2014

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 6 (minimum)

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

Mode of study: Blended learning

Course outline

Programme content (subject to change)

Modules, 1st year
   

  • Applied Clinical Research   
  • Clinical Research Dissertation

Applications and selections

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

Who teaches this course?

Professor Kathleen Murphy, RN, RNT, Dip Nursing, Dip Nursing Education, MSc, BA, PhD. 
Dr. Adeline Cooney, M Med Sc, BNS, RGN, RNT, PhD.
Declan Devane, MSc., Pg Dip (Stats), BSc, Dip HE, RGN, RM, RNT
Dr. Maura Dowling, MSc, BNS, RNT, RGN, RM, Cert. Oncology, PhD
Dr. Dympna Casey,  RGN, BA, MA, PhD

Find out more

Dr Maura Dowling
T +353 91 493 833
E maura.dowling@nuigalway.ie 
www.nuigalway.ie/nursing.midwifery/

PAC code

GYM29

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,405
 - Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €13,750

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