Course Overview

Both the Diploma and Masters courses in Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety are on-line/distance learning courses designed to accommodate the busy healthcare provider or simulation centre team member. Healthcare simulation is the modern way to educate healthcare providers to achieve high performance and to improve patient safety. It encompasses manikin based training for teamworking, task trainers for procedural skills, simulated persons for communication skills and virtual /augmented reality.

By completing the Diploma, you will learn how to use simulation in your own practice to deliver better safer healthcare. You will also learn how to use healthcare simulation for quality improvement, systems and process testing and for facilities planning. By completing the Masters programme you will go on to understand how to use simulation for research and how it can support research.

If you are a healthcare provider, involved in healthcare education and research or have an interest in patient safety, then this course will be important for you. A qualification in Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety will help you to achieve your career goals in healthcare and simulation.

Scholarships available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

Paul O'Connor, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)
Dr Dara Byrne, FRCSI MCh MEd CHSE

There are a number of guest lecturers on the programme from medical, nursing, technology & gaming, business and simulation backgrounds including:

  • Ms Brenda Romero game designer at Romero Games
  • Ms. Mairin Murray digital learning technologist
  • Mr. Graham Whiteside nurse and VP sales and marketing at SIMnext 
  • Ms Muriosa O Reilly academic affairs manager ICGP
  • Ms Tara Ryan Procurement Officer NUI Galway
  • Ms Bronwyn Reid McDermott simulation operatives technician NUI Galway
  • Ms Leonie Heskin Surgical Simulation Lecturer RCSI

Requirements and Assessment

Postgraduate Diploma Science Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety

  • An honours Bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8
  • Demonstrated interest in simulation
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English - English competency IELTS score of 6.5 or similar
  • Previous experience or academic qualification

Masters of Science Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety

  • An honours Bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8
  • Demonstrated interest in simulation
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English- English competency IELTS score of 6.5 or similar
  • Previous experience or academic qualification

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

An honours bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8 in a relevant healthcare discipline (e.g., medicine, nursing, speech and language therapy, pharmacy), although applicants with evidence of at least three years’ equivalent professional/academic experience will be considered (e.g., emergency medicine technicians, simulation technicians).
A demonstrated proficiency in English.

Previous experience, or an academic qualification, in the education and teaching of healthcare professionals.

A demonstrated interest in simulation.


Additional Requirements

Duration

MSc 24 months; PDipSc 12 months

Next start date

September 2020. Please note places are limited and will be assessed and awarded on merit.

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20

Closing Date

 Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

The course is delivered online. This delivery method allows the student to study at a time that is convenient to them, no matter where they live. The modules are deliv­­ered using a combination of multi-media presentations, online discussion boards, and online tutorials. As part of the programme, there are two 2-day face-to-face intensive immersive simulation workshops held at the Irish Centre for Applied Patient Safety and Simulation (ICAPSS) at Galway University Hospital, Galway, Ireland. These are part of the Diploma Course and year 1 of the Masters Course.

ECTS weighting

MSC 120 ECTS; PDipSc 60 ECTS

Award

CAO

Course code

1HSP1 (MSc Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety)
1HSP9 (PDipSc Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety)

Course Outline

Both the Diploma and the Masters are online/ distance learning courses supported by two intensive immersive face-to-face 2-day simulation based education workshops in The Irish Centre for Applied Patient Safety and Simulation in University Hospital Galway, Galway, Ireland

PDip Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety

The course will be delivered in six sequential modules during the academic year.

  • Module 1. An introduction to simulation and training in healthcare.
  • Module 2. Simulation with manikin and task based trainers.
  • Module 3. Standardised patients, virtual patients, and hybrid simulation.
  • Module 4. Running an effective simulation-based education programme.
  • Module 5. Human factors and patient safety in simulation.
  • Module 6. Uses of medical and healthcare simulation beyond education

The course will be assessed through:

  • Participation in online discussions with instructors and students; and
  • Completion of practically-focused assignments (both written and online narrated presentations).

MSc Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety

  • Modules 1 to 6 will be delivered during the first academic year. Modules 7 and 8 will be delivered during the second academic year of study.
  • Module 1. An introduction to simulation and training in healthcare.
  • Module 2. Simulation with manikin and task based trainers.
  • Module 3. Standardised patients, virtual patients, and hybrid simulation.
  • Module 4. Running an effective simulation-based education programme.
  • Module 5. Human factors and patient safety in simulation.
  • Module 6. Uses of medical and healthcare simulation beyond education
  • Module 7. Research Methods for Medical and Healthcare Simulation.
  • Module 8. Research Thesis.

The course will be assessed through:

  • Participation in online discussions with instructors and students;
  • Completion of practically-focused assignments (both written and online narrated presentations); and
  • Completion of a simulation focused research project to be submitted in the format of a journal article.

Module details for MSc Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety 
Module details for PDipSc Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The main goal of the course is to develop expertise in design and implementation of healthcare simulation. This will allow you to become a leader in education and open up opportunities in senior academic posts within healthcare. For those with an interest in patient safety, you will gain expertise in human factors and how healthcare processes can be improved. If running a simulation centre, you will develop skills in stakeholder engagement and demonstrating a return on investment allowing you to progress to senior management positions within organisations.

Who’s Suited to This Course

If you are a doctor, nurse, allied health professional (e.g. speech and language, pharmacy, physiotherapy), paramedic or dentist and have an interest in simulation technology, you should consider applying for one of our simulation courses. If you work in a simulation centre as a technician, manager or director and are keen to develop your expertise and progress your career then you should consider applying for a course. 

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,150 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Tuition

€4,926 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Non EU

€7,600 p.a. 2020/21

 

EU Fees:
Masters—€5,150 p.a. (€10,300 for 24 month programme)
PDip—€5,150 (12 month duration)

NON EU Fees:  International Students:
Masters—€7,600 p.a. (€15,200 for 24 month programme)
PDip—€7,600 (12 month duration)



Find out More

Dr Paul O’Connor
T: +353 91 492 897
E: paul.connor@nuigalway.ie

Professor Dara Byrne
T: +353 91 493 659
E: dara.byrne@nuigalway.ie

Mari Vahey, Administrator
T: +353 91 493 251
E: mari.vahey@nuigalway.ie

www.simulationmasters.com/


Ms. Linda

Ms. Linda Ní Chianáin |   University Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUIG

An excellent inter-disciplinary course that I would recommend to any healthcare professional. It challenges your critical, analytical and creative side from examining current practice, developing scenarios to testing and modifying simulators. The course can provide you with the necessary skills and credibility to develop nursing and midwifery simulation further at clinical, undergraduate and postgraduate level thus enhancing patient safety.
Scott

Scott Mullin |   Paramedic Program Coordinator, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

The program offers relevant skills from knowledgeable and experienced simulation champions! Simulation has been a vital educational tool in my career and the NUI Galway Masters of Science Healthcare Simulation and Patient safety programme has enhanced my ability to teach students more effectively! The ability to learn with students from various medical professions was extremely useful, an invaluable experience!
Kiren

Kiren Reddy |   Specialist registrar in anaesthesia, Ireland.

This course has encouraged me to re-evaluate how we deliver medical education and how we provide care to our patients. It has given me the tools to effect positive change in my workplace.


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Downloads

  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020 PDF (21 MB)