Taught course

Nursing (Respiratory Care)

University of Limerick · Faculty of Education and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally possess a 2h2 Primary Degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) and have been engaged in practice as a Registered Nurse for at least two years. Those who do not meet the normal academic requirements will also be considered. For those applicants, they will be expected to provide evidence that they can study at postgraduate level. These candidates will be required to submit a written assignment and may be required to attend for interview. All students must be registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland and demonstrate proof of access to relevant practice placements. The MSc programme will be offered over two years with the option of an exit award on completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma) Students can opt to continue to year two for the MSc award.

Months of entry


Course content

On completion of the programme the student will:

  • Utilise evidence to inform nursing practice in monitoring co-ordinating and managing care.
  • Critically review current innovations and developments within nursing.
  • Utilise a knowledge base consistent with that of the profession, and which incorporates the standards of professional groups.
  • Critically appraise strategies to promote, maintain and restore health in relevant care groups.
  • Critically evaluate, generate and conduct research that will incorporate evidence-based practice in nursing.
  • Critically evaluate the role of specialist and advanced practice in nursing.
  • Collaborate within multidisciplinary teams in the provision of quality outcomes.
  • Critically appraise international, national and local policy strategies that are relevant to advancing nursing roles.
  • Discuss factors that influence practice and theoretical knowledge at specialist/advanced practice levels.
  • Demonstrate the critical thinking skills and ethical decision-making required for specialist/advanced practice in nursing care.
  • Critically discuss the role of the nurse at specialist/advanced levels in assessing, monitoring coordinating and managing care of individuals experiencing respiratory related health problems
  • Lead, anticipate and manage nursing interventions in respiratory nursing.

Contact Details

Maureen O'Connor
Department of Nursing & Midwifery,
University of Limerick, Limerick
Telephone: 00 353 61 234129
Website: www.nm.ul.ie

Graduate Profile

Respiratory Nursing

Programme Content

In year one students undertake a total of 8 modules described below. In year 2 at Masters level, all students will complete one additional research module and a dissertation.

(Year 1) (Year 2) Semester 1
Health Research - Methodology, Concepts of Specialist and Advanced Practice, Practice Placement 1,Advanced Assessment in Respiratory Nursing Semesters 3 and 4
Health Research - Methods, Dissertation 1, Dissertation 2
The dissertation will comprise a substantial project of 20,000 words (+/-10%). Students must obtain a minimum Grade of C3 in their dissertation. The work must meet the conditions of ethical research requirements. Semester 2
Healthcare Policy and Reform, Practice Placement 2, Therapeutic Interventions in Respiratory Nursing Elective Modules
Students will select one Module from a range of the following Elective Modules to be taken in
Not all Modules may be offered in any year.
Health Promotion in Nursing/Midwifery Practice, Consultancy in Nursing / Midwifery
Transcultural Care, Therapeutic Engagement , Complementary Therapies in Healthcare Practice.

Information for international students

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 one of the Universities English Language Requirements. Please visit http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/non-european-applicants for the list of requirements

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Maureen O'Connor