Masters in Health Sciences (Primary Care)

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 programme is designed for multidisciplinary professionals working in Irish primary health care. Against a background of ongoing changes in primary care policy as well as advances in approaches to disease management, it is crucial for practitioners to keep up to date with rapid developments in this sector. 

Our flexible approach to learning makes it possible for you to pursue your studies while working full time. The taught component of the course is delivered via blended learning, an innovative educational strategy combining online and face-to-face learning and teaching. A menu of optional modules allows you to tailor the course to your individual learning needs. 

Key facts

Entry requirements

This course is open to qualified health professionals (doctor, midwife, nurse, occupational therapist, pharmacist, physiotherapist, podiatrist, speech & language therapist, other) currently registered with their relevant professional body and actively involved in community-based clinical practice in Ireland. Applicants with other primary care backgrounds/experience may also be considered (e.g. administrators, policy makers, psychologists, social workers). 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).

Students must complete the taught element of the programme to second class honours standard (i.e. 60%) before proceeding to complete the dissertation element.

Parts of the programme are delivered in distance learning format and general computer literacy is essential for this. 

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

Next start date: September 2014

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 10

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

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The programme is delivered mostly by distance learning, with an average of two non-consecutive days of skills workshops in Galway per module. Students complete six modules in total (three core and three optional) as well as a research dissertation. (Credit may be awarded for modules previously completed as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Primary Care).

Core Modules

• Concepts and Principles of Primary Care
• Literature Based Research Skills
• Health Research Methods

Optional Modules

Students choose three optional modules from a menu that will include most or all of the following:
• Advanced Wound Care Management
• Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care
• Collaboration and Interagency Working
• Critical Issues in Chronic Disease Management
• Diabetes in Primary Care
• Effective Chronic Disease Management Strategies for Healthcare Professionals
• Ethics of Health Research
• Infectious Disease in Primary Care
• Mental Health in Primary Care
• Minor Surgery and Related Dermatology in General Practice
• Respiratory Disease in Primary Care
• Women’s Health in Primary Care


Students complete a minor research dissertation in the form of a 4,000/5,000-word ready-for-publication research paper.

Applications and selections

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

Who teaches this course?

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
Ms. Maura Molloy
Dr. Micheál Newell
Ms. Siobhan Smyth
Ms. Edel Tierney

Find out more

Dr. Mary Byrne
T +353 91 495 205

PAC code

GYM04 full-time
GYM05 part-time

Fees for this course