FAQ

What postgraduate programmes do you offer?
At UCD’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems (SNMHS), we offer a wide variety of programmes covering all clinical disciplines. In addition, we offer programmes in Leadership, Management and Health Systems. Awards range from Professional Certificates and Diplomas, Graduate Diplomas and Masters qualifications. Download a list of Taught Graduate Programmes for 2017-18 here.

What are the entry requirements?
Each programme will have specific entry requirements, for example: academic record, employment history, references, etc. Entry requirements vary from programme to programme.

What supporting documentation do I need to provide?
This varies across programmes. You will normally be required to provide transcripts of previous degrees or diplomas, a form of ID such as a passport or birth certificate, your NMBI pin, a professional reference and other documentation specific to your programme.

What are the fees for the programme?
You can search for the fees for your programme in the Graduate Fees section of the UCD website at www.ucd.ie/fees (enter the programme title or keyword in the search function). Programmes fees are set for each academic year.

Is there funding/sponsorship available?
Your hospital or organisation may sponsor you to pursue further study. We recommend that you contact your line manager for details on how to apply. Please note that your hospital/organisation may have a contract with UCD and will therefore be invoiced directly for your fees. Please check with your funding body before you start. If you are funding yourself it is possible to make payments per semester. 

How do I apply?
Applications are made via the UCD online applications system at www.ucd.ie/apply.

Is there an application fee?
Yes, UCD charges a fee of €50 for processing applications.

If my hospital/organisation is sponsoring me, do I still need to pay the application fee?
Yes, offers cannot be made unless the application fee has been paid.

Is the application fee refunded if I decide not to proceed with my application?
No, the application fee will only be refunded if the course is cancelled by UCD.

What is the time commitment? Will I have to attend lectures on campus?
The amount of time you will spend in UCD will  vary across programmes. You will have to attend some lectures on campus. The number of lectures you attend will also vary across programmes.

Is it possible to complete a programme over one year or can a programme be taken over two years?
It is possible to complete a programme over one or two years. You will find a list of all programmes online at www.nmhs.ucd.ie/graduate or www.ucd.ie/apply.

I don't have a degree / I haven’t studied for a number of years. Can I still apply for a postgraduate programme?
Yes you can. When applying online, you may need to submit a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) portfolio. Please contact the programme administrator for further details. You will find contact details for each programme on our website.

What types of academic supports are in place for students?
There is a range of academic supports available, including academic writing skills workshops, referencing and citation tutorials and information sessions on how to use Blackboard (eLearning). In addition, students who require one-to-one help with writing skills can contact the UCD Writing Support Centre at writing.centre@ucd.ie.

Do I need a laptop?
You don’t need a laptop to attend class but you do need to have access to a computer for the duration of your course. Assignments need to be submitted electronically and course materials will be posted on Blackboard (the Virtual Learning Environment).

What is blended learning?
Blended learning is a combination of online activity and class attendance. This type of learning ensures students continually maintain regular contact with each other and their lecturers, as is the case in more traditional programmes.

Is there an orientation/induction programme for new students?
Yes, all new taught graduate students are required to attend for an orientation/induction programme which is held before the start of your programme. Orientation for 2017-18 Taught graduate students will take place on Thursday, 31 August. Information is now available on the taught graduate area of our website You will also be notified of the date by email.

What is the deadline for applications?
We recommend that you apply as soon as possible for a place on your preferred programme. Some programmes can fill up very quickly. For September start programmes, all documents must be submitted by our August 15 deadline.

Who can I talk to if I require more information?
Each programme has an academic and an administrative point of contact - please visit our website www.nmhs.ucd.ie/graduate for more details. In addition, we recommend that you talk to colleagues in your hospital or organisation who have completed the programme as they will give you a great insight into how the programme works.