MSc Critical Care Nursing X726

This programme is designed for holders of Graduate Diplomas in the following specialities: Critical Care–Intensive Care, Critical Care-Cardiovascular, Heart Failure Nursing, Paediatric Critical Care and Peri-Operative Nursing.

Holders of Level 8 Higher Diplomas should contact the School to discuss their options.

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Programme aims

This exciting programme will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills in advanced health assessment of the critically ill patient. You will also get the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of change in practice through the development of an innovation project which will address research questions that arise in your clinical practice.

Programme structure

This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into two trimesters.  Assessments are varied and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters.  The Dissertation will run over Autumn and Spring terms.

NMHS42960 Advanced Health Assessment (10 ECTS)

Students are required to choose ONE of the following dissertation options:

NMHS 43880 Applied Research Evidence Translation (10 credits) and NMHS43860 Diss:  Evidence Translation (20 ECTS)

OR

NMHS 43890 Applied Research Evidence Synthesis (10 credits) and NMHS43870 Diss:  Evidence Synthesis (20 ECTS)

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Entry requirements
  • Applicants must be registered as a professional nurse or midwife on a live register
  • Applicants must be employed in clinical practice while undertaking the programme
  • Applicants must have successfully completed a Graduate Diploma in one of the following specialities: Critical Care–Intensive Care, Critical Care-Cardiovascular, Heart Failure Nursing, Paediatric Critical Care and Peri-Operative Nursing.
How to apply

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

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Fees

The fees for your programme can be found at the links below. Search using your major code (the four-digit code beginning with 'X' which can be found in the key information box on this page).

Please note that UCD fees are subject to change annually. The fees shown include the student centre levy which must be paid by all students. 

If you are being funded to do your programme, please make sure your organisation gets in contact with student.payments@ucd.ie. Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

More information about fees is available on the UCD website at the link below:

If you have any queries about your fees, please contact student.payments@ucd.ie

Documents to be submitted with your application

PLEASE NOTE - THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION DOCUMENTS IS 01 AUGUST, 2020

  • Academic Transcripts including date and grading of Degree award (non UCD only)
  • Nurse applicants must provide copy of current registration and Pin with An Bord Altranais
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Pages of Passport (non UCD only)
  • Professional Reference Form
Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) applications must be submitted online through your SISWeb account.

There are two instances in which you can apply to have recognised prior learning taken into account when applying for a programme in UCD.

1. RPL for admission to a UCD programme

If you are a prospective student seeking admission to UCD and you do not meet the required admissions criteria as set down for a particular programme of study in UCD, you may apply to be admitted based on prior learning.

2. RPL for exemption from a module or modules on a UCD programme

If you have been accepted onto a UCD programme and wish to have credit transferred towards the requirements of the UCD programme of study, you may apply for RPL from a module or modules.

When applying for RPL, please note the following:

  • You must submit your application for RPL as early as possible and preferably before you commence the relevant module/stage/programme.
  • An application for RPL relating to a particular module should be submitted before the third week of the trimester in which it is offered. Applications made after this date will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
  • Your application will be reviewed by the Taught Graduate Standing Committee and Programme Board. You can expect to hear of the outcome or status of your application typically within four to six weeks of submitting it (depending on committee schedules).
  • Please note that in some cases your application may not be successful or you may not receive RPL for the amount of credit for which you applied, therefore you must register for, attend and participate in the module or modules until you have been informed of the decision of the School Programme Board.
  • If your application is not successful, you are responsible for all assessments associated with the module.

TO APPLY FOR RPL PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:  https://sisweb.ucd.ie/usis/W_HU_MENU.P_PUBLISH?p_tag=APPLY

Please read the UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning at this link: UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning