MSc Nursing (Clinical Practice)

The MSc Nursing (Clinical Practice) programme helps you to develop valuable knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical leadership and practical research methods that can be applied in the workplace. 

Who is the programme for?

This programme is designed for holders of Level 9 Graduate Diploma (Specialist area) or Level 9 Higher Diploma (Specialist Area) who wish to deepen and broaden their knowledge and expertise in order to act as clinical leaders in nursing or midwifery. 

Programme aims

We aim to give you a strong theoretical and practical foundation in leadership, health system dynamics and research methods, culminating in a dissertation focused on your practice context.

What will I learn?
You will sharpen your analytical and critical thinking and develop knowledge and skills that will help you assume a leadership role in clinical care.

How will I benefit?

The programme will enhance your career prospects and give you the building blocks for lifelong self-directed learning.  It will provide you with the key knowledge and skills to innovate and lead in your area of practice.

Teaching methods

A wide a range of diverse and student-cantered teaching methods are used. Blackboard, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching, is used extensively. Students attend multidisciplinary lectures and tutorials. The programme is focused on nursing as a professional discipline, and promotes research skills to enable students to be even more effective nurses, change agents and leaders in the workplace.

Programme structure

This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into three trimesters. 

Modules
NMHS 43880 Applied Research (Autumn)

NMHS 43870 Dissertation Evidence Synthesis (Spring & Summer)

Careers/where can I go?
With your newly developed management and leadership skills, you can work in a health care environment in a number of areas including:

  • Management
  • Information Systems
  • Education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Practice Development
Entry requirements
  • Applicants must be registered as a professional nurse or midwife on a live register
  • Applicants must be employed in clinical practice/management while undertaking the programme
  • Experience in management is desirable
  • Hold a Level 9 Graduate Diploma or Level 9 Higher Diploma in Nursing
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)
  • Current photocopy of NMBI registration and PIN
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Pages of Passport (non UCD only)
  • Professional Reference Form
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)
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.

Apply online

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

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