Course Overview

The aims of the Master of Science in Nursing (Advanced Nursing Practice) programme are to enable experienced registered nurses to develop an expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills, and clinical competencies for an expanded autonomous scope of practice the characteristics of which are shaped by the: context in which the individual practices; the needs of patients/clients; and the challenges and developments within the health services.

The programme is designed to prepare the students as autonomous practitioners, who are clinically competent and skilled in the delivery of high quality direct care to a specific patient /client group. In particular, the Advanced Nurse Practitioner will be empowered to promote wellness, offer healthcare interventions and advocate healthy lifestyle choices for patients/clients, their families and carers in a wide variety of settings in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, according to agreed scope of practice guidelines.  

The programme further aims to support the students to develop their role as autonomous members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team within the healthcare organisation and professional leaders in their field of specialist practice. The graduates, equipped with such knowledge and advanced skills will be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) for registration as a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANP). 

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

See full staff list here.

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

For nurses seeking admission to the MSc in Nursing (Advanced Practice Nursing), applicants are required to:

  1. Have a minimum of an honours primary degree in Nursing or equivalent.
  2. Hold current active registration on a nursing division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
  3. Comply with current minimum entry requirements for admission to the programme of education for nurse prescribing, and must have three years’ recent post-registration clinical experience in nursing (this must be within the past five years) with the equivalent of ‘one year’ full time experience in the specific area of clinical practice.
  4. Provide evidence of support from an employer and completed Site Declaration Forms containing confirmation of a clinical supervisor who will provide supervision, support and learning opportunities, including shadowing opportunities to gain the required competencies and clinical competence to practice at an advanced level in nursing (including nurse prescribing).

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

Curriculum information is below. 

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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this programme are eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board (NMBI) to register as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANPs).

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,310 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€6205 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€105 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

Find out More

Catherine Meagher,
Programme Director.
T: +353 91 492 829


Úna O'Connor |   Graduate

This course is aiding my knowledge and skills development, thus facilitating my career progression to the highest level of clinical nursing practice. The programme is both challenging and rewarding, providing excellent academic support to prepare me for an advanced clinical practice role and act with a high level of autonomy, leadership and management in developing services and models of care delivery, for the benefit of my patients. The support of the course coordinator Catherine and her team has been excellent, they are very accessible and responsive, in what has been a challenging year for everyone whilst adapting to remote learning during the pandemic.


  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021

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