Taught course

Nursing (Specialist Nursing)

Trinity College Dublin · School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

Admission to the strand will be subject to place availability. The entry criteria for the strands are:

  1. Current registration on the appropriate nursing division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Active Register
  2. A minimum of two years post-registration clinical experience since first registration
  3. A minimum of one year experience in the specialty at the time of application.
  4. Candidates must also hold an honours degree in nursing or a related discipline or equivalent professional and academic qualification or satisfy the selection committee that they have the academic ability to successfully complete the programme.
  5. Additional criteria may be required by individual Health Service Providers.
  6. Each student will be engaged in specific practice settings relevant to the specialist area for the duration of the programme of study.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of these courses is to facilitate registered nurses currently practising in specialist areas to develop further their knowledge and skills, enabling the delivery of evidence-based specialist nursing care as members of the multidisciplinary team and to contribute to the attainment of excellence in health care.

The course consists of six modules: three specialist, one clinical practicum and two core modules in the areas of research and management.
Students must pass all modules in order to achieve the Postgraduate award and progress to the second year of the MSc programme during which they complete a dissertation. Students may opt to exit and the end of year one and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. If all elements of the course have been passed the student has the option to return to undertake year two within four years.

The specialist courses are taught in partnership between the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the associated Health Service Providers. Please find below the list of specialist nursing strands currently offered:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Cancer Care and Haematology Nursing
  • Emergency Department Nursing
  • Intensive Care
  • Orthopaedics
  • Perioperative Care
  • Renal

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Margaret McCann