Meeting the healthcare and social care needs of older people requires expert assessment and careful planning by a range of disciplinary experts with specialist knowledge of ageing and altered health. If you are a nurse working in an older persons’ care setting, and you are committed to the provision of excellent care, the MSc in Gerontological Nursing offers an exciting and innovative way to further your career and enhance your professional development. This programme is designed to provide nurses with an opportunity to develop, enhance and maintain the specialist skills required to care for older adults in a variety of acute and community care environments.
The MSc in Gerontological Nursing is designed for nurses who are involved in the care of older persons in acute, community or long-term care settings. This programme is aimed at health professionals who have completed a Graduate Diploma (Level 9) in Gerontological Nursing.
The UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems provides graduate programmes to prepare nurses and midwives to excel as caregivers and as leaders. Many of the School’s graduates have gone on to assume key clinical and leadership positions in their discipline, both nationally and internationally. This programme will provide you with an opportunity to develop, enhance and maintain the specialist skills that are required to care for older persons.
The MSc in Gerontological Nursing aims to provide students with the requisite knowledge and discipline-specific skills for their specialist role in gerontological nursing in a range of care settings. The Programme will build on students’ prior knowledge and experience in either older person’s care services or in tertiary care. The Programme will:
The MSc in Gerontological Nursing will be awarded to students who have completed the requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing, and who complete the MSc research and dissertation module NMHS43870 Diss: Evidence Synthesis (30 ECTS).
Successful participants in this programme will be awarded an MSc in Gerontological Nursing.
You will be taught by academics who have strong links with local and regional health service providers, including major hospitals and community-based health services and clinical staff who are experts in the field of health care and gerontological nursing.
Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required for caring for older adults, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of settings specialising in this area both nationally and internationally. The programme is particularly aimed at preparing nurses to assume senior and specialist roles in gerontological nursing.
We use a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops and seminars. A blended model of teaching and learning is a deliberate part of the programme to facilitate flexibility and accessibility. Clinical teaching is undertaken by specialists in the clinical area with particular emphasis on assisting students in applying theory to practice.
It is essential that you have access to a personal computer as Brightspace, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports students’ online learning and teaching, is used extensively.
This is a 1-year (Full-time) academic programme, students will complete the MSc research and dissertation module NMHS43870 Diss: Evidence Synthesis (30 ECTS).
The MSc in Gerontological Nursing provides you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for caring for older people in multiple environments. Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required for caring for older people, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of settings, both nationally and internationally.
Applicants must have completed the Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing or equivalent (NQAI Level 9)
Applications are made online through UCD Applications: Apply online
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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Prospective students applying to complete the 90-credit MSc in Gerontological Nursing will be awarded up to 60 credits in recognition of prior learning which may have been accrued through:
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.
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.
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