Master of Health Sciences
(Advanced Practice with Prescribing)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview

This programme has been developed to meet the educational requirements of nurses and Midwives who seek to become Advanced Practitioners. It provides not only the theoretical requirements but supports the clinical development particularly in relation the physical assessment and pharmacology related to the specialist area of advanced practice.


Outcomes of the programme include the developed portfolio and the masters qualification as required by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann. The programme also leads to registration as a nurse prescriber (subject to approval). The programme is part-time over two years and is delivered in a blended format.


Blended learning is an innovative teaching strategy which involves a combination of face-to-face and on-line learning. This means that learning/teaching is delivered on-line through Blackboard, an interactive learning system which connects directly to the University from your home computer. Face-to-face learning/teaching takes the form of 2 or 3 workshops (depending on the module) each semester. Students will therefore attend for 2 or 3 days a semester, plus and orientation day prior to the commencement of the first year.

Key facts

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

1. Have attained at least an upper Second Class Honours degree in Nursing/Midwifery or Nursing/Midwifery Studies at H2.1 or at H2.2 with appropriate experience
OR a Higher Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing /Midwifery Studies with appropriate experience or meet the required standard in the MHSc Nursing Qualifying Examination;

2. Be a registered nurse or midwife on the General, Mental Health, Midwifery or Learning Disability Nurse divisions of the active Register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann;
OR Hold a professional nursing qualification deemed to be equivalent by the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences;
OR Hold an appropriate active nursing registration as recognised in the country in which they practice;

3. Have practised as a nurse/midwife for five years postregistration, three of which include experience in the chosen area of expertise (exclusive of post-registration/educational programmes;

4. Have support of the Director of Nursing in the place of employment, and written agreement for clinical supervision.

Duration: 2 years, part-time

Next start date: September 2013

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 6 (minimum)

Closing date: Please refer to offer round / closing dates website.

Mode of study: Blended learning

Course outline

Theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of nursing practice; research methodology and evidence based practice; practice development and conduct of research form the framework for reflection on practice and exploration of aspects of practice. Specialist practice modules address the context of advanced practice, physical assessment skills, and clinical decision making. Substantive hours of clinical practice at an advanced practice level and supervised by appropriate healthcare professionals over the two years is integral to the programme.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

Adrienne W. Montgomery, Dip. Nursing (Lond.)., MN (Wales)
Mary O'Hara, M.Sc., RGN, RM, RNT
Professor Kathleen Murphy, RN, RNT, Dip Nursing, Dip Nursing Education, M.Sc, B.A, PhD.
Dr. Adeline Cooney, M. Med.Sc., BNS, RGN, RNT, PhD.
Declan Devane, M.Sc., Pg Dip (Stats), B.Sc., Dip. HE, RGN, RM, RNT
Siobhán Smyth, RMN,Dip.CPN; RNT; PG.Dip CHSE; BNS (Hons); MSc
Lorraine Mee, M.Sc., B.Sc., R.G.N., R.M. , R.C.N.T., R.N.T
Dr. Maura Dowling, M.Sc., BNS, RNT, RGN, RM, Cert. Oncology, PhD
Bernard McCarthy, Dip.Nurse Mgt. (RCSI), Cert.Adult. Ed. (City & Guilds), B.Sc. (South Bank), C.Q.A.M. (GMIT), M.Sc. (Dub.)

Requirements and assessment

Modules are assessed using a combination of coursework, objective structured clinical examination, and clinical assessment.

Find out more

Adrienne Montgomery | Maura Dowling
T: +353 91 492 998 | + 353 91 492 998
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PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,405 p.a. 2013/14 inclusive of student levy
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2013/14
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2013/14

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Past students

Shirley Angland, Teresa Meenaghan & Alison van Laar

Master of Health Sciences (Advanced Practice Nursing/Midwifery)

Shirley, Teresa and Alison van Laar all studied together on this Masters programme. They undertook the course to prepare them to apply for accreditation as Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioners. They found undertaking the programme a positive experience, both professionally and personally; describing the experience as “ enjoyable”, “ supportive” and one which “opens doors and opportunities” in nursing.