Admission to the strand will be subject to place availability.
The entry criteria for this strand are:
1. Current registration on the appropriate nursing division of
the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Active Register
2. Two years post-registration clinical experience since first
3. Twelve months experience (within the last two years) in the
specialty at the time of application.
4. Candidates must also fulfil one of the following criteria:
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
6. Each student will be engaged in specific practice settings
relevant to each individual strand for the duration of the
programme of study.
Applications are made online at:
Months of entry
The aim of these courses is to facilitate the qualified nurse
working in specialist areas to become a more knowledgeable,
analytical, reflective and caring nurse, capable of assessing,
planning, implementing and evaluating specialist nursing care
based on research and three specialist modules and specialist
clinical placement in the first year. All students must pass the
core and specialists component. Students must also complete
a clinical component relevant to their specialty strand. All
students must pass the required clinical competencies in
order to achieve the Postgraduate award. On successful
completion of all the requirements of the first year, students
may opt to exit and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or
may progress to the second year of the programme during
which they complete a dissertation. These programmes are
taught in partnership between the School of Nursing and
Midwifery and the associated Health Service Providers.
The following are the names of the Specialist strands
currently being provided and the names of the associated
Health Service Providers: Cardiovascular; Emergency
Nursing; Haematology Care; Intensive Care; Orthopaedics;
Perioperative Care (options available); Renal and Cancer Care.
During clinical placements students will be required to do
a variety of shift patterns as determined by the local Health
The various modules offered lead on from, and complement,
the subjects taken at Degree and Postgraduate Diploma level
of learning. On completion of this course, participants will be
able to; Strengthen and develop their expertise in their area
of practice through the use of enhanced knowledge, reflective
skills and research-based practice. Devise, implement,
and evaluate methods for improving the quality of nursing
care and /or nurse education provided in Ireland. Exercise
administrative and intellectual leadership in their profession
and the disciplines contained within and extend their skills in
the critical evaluation of research reports and plan, conduct
and evaluate research studies.
Information for international students