Taught course


University of Limerick · Faculty of Education and Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

  • A registered nurse/ midwife on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  • Students would normally possess a primary degree( Minimum 2.2) or show evidence of recognized prior learning (RPL) as outlined in the (RPL) policy of the University and Department of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick

The MSc Nursing/Midwifery will be offered as a full time programme but taken on a part time basis over two years with the option of an exit award on completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma). Students can also opt to progress to year two for the MSc award having attained a minimum QCA of 2.00 at the end of year one

Standard Degree Applicants/ Include with your application

  • Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)
  • English language qualifications ( Taken in the last 2 years,if English is not your first language)
  • Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate
  • A copy of birth certificate (Long Document)
  • An application fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bankdraft/Cheque.

Recognized Prior Learning Applicants/ who do not meet standard entry requirements / Include with your application copy of birth certificate( Long Document)

  • Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate
  • 1000 word typed Recognized Prior Learning Statement
  • Copies of all certificates or diploma’s as part of prior learning to date
  • An application fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bankdraft/Cheque

Months of entry


Course content

The overall aim of the MSc in Nursing/Midwifery is to provide registered nurses/midwives with the opportunity to develop and enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to care for patients/clients to the highest professional standards across the health care continuum. The modules offered are grounded in a body of evidence-based knowledge that promotes excellence in nursing/midwifery practice.

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate evidence underpinning and informing nursing/midwifery practice.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge required for advancing nursing/midwifery practice.
  • Critically examine the knowledge and skills of; reflection, critical thinking and analysis fundamental to the development and advancement of nursing/midwifery practice.
  • Critically review current innovations and developments in promoting quality and safety in healthcare.
  • Apply critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills required for advancing nursing/midwifery practice.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process.
  • Critically evaluate leadership and management strategies for collaborative working in care provision.
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent learning activities in supporting personal and professional development.
  • Demonstrate the ability of self-evaluation and appraisal.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Owen Doody
00 353 61 213367, Mobile: 00 353 86 8379781