Taught course

Nursing Studies

University of Limerick · Faculty of Education and Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc Nursing Studies programme must normally be in possession of:
  1. A first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement.
  2. Candidates must be a registered nurse and provide evidence of a current registration with an appropriate Nursing/Midwifery Registration Board.
  3. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University.
  4. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.English Language Requirements

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 criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application

  • IELTS of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any component OR internet Based TOEFL of 90 or above or Paper Based TOEFL of 580 or above.


What to Include with your Application:

  • Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)
  • English language qualifications (if English is not your first language)
  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland current registration certificate or evidence of a current registration with an appropriate Nursing/Midwifery Registration Board
  • Recognised Prior Learning Application (if you do not meet the normal entry requirements)
  • A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
  • Recognised Prior Learning may also be considered for those applicants that do not meet the normal entry requirements as stated above.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Nursing Studies programme prepares and advances students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to become confident, critical, analytical and research aware graduates. The programme provides opportunities to explore research as evidence for enhancing and changing practice and aims to advance the student's aptitudes in becoming confident, analytical and research aware.

Programme Learning Outcomes

  • Critically examine the knowledge and skills for problem solving, reflection and critical thinking, fundamental to professional development and advancing practice globally
  • Critically evaluate evidence informing nursing practice in monitoring, co-ordinating and managing care across a variety of health care settings
  • Critically discuss national and international health strategies in promoting, maintaining and restoring health and well-being
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written verbal and digital skills at individual and collaborative levels
  • Apply critical thinking skills and ethical decision-making required for advancing practice
  • Critically evaluate leadership and management theory and skills for working in collaborative teams in the provision of quality outcomes
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process
  • Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning while fostering self-development and self-evaluation
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent learning activities
  • Value the contribution of research in advancing practice in the provision of quality care
  • Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in practice
  • Apply the knowledge, attitude and skills to critically review research, audit findings and other evidence

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Kathleen Markey
353 61 234355