Master of Health Sciences
(Chronic Illness Management)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview

NUI Galway offers scholarships for some Masters students – please click here to see if you are eligible for this funding.

This programme is aimed at preparing multidisciplinary healthcare professionals to engage in chronic illness prevention and management. A menu of optional modules allows you to tailor the course to your individual learning needs.

The year is divided into two teaching semesters. During the summer period students focus on completing a minor dissertation based on original research. The taught component of the programme is offered through blended learning, an innovative educational strategy combining online and face-to-face learning/teaching. Students are required to attend face-to-face workshops for the equivalent of 13 days over the programme. In addition to attending workshops, students are expected to engage with the programme online. This flexible approach to learning makese it possible to combine studying with working full time.

The course is recognised for external CPD by the Irish College of General Practitioners, and has received Category 2 approval from An Bord Altranais.

Key facts

Entry requirements

This course is open to qualified health professionals (doctor, midwife, nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, podiatrist, speech & language therapist, other) currently registered with their relevant professional body and actively involved in clinical practice. Candidates must have secured a final grade of at least second class honours in their primary degree, or hold a relevant Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9).

Students must complete the taught element of the programme to second class honours standard (i.e. 60%) before proceeding to complete the dissertation element. Students may exit after 8 months with a Postgraduate Diploma if they prefer not to complete the full Masters. 

Duration: 1 calendar year, full-time; 2 calendar-years, part-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 10

Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Mode of study: Taught/Blended learning

Course outline

Full-time version, one year

Semester 1 
Critical Issues in Chronic Illness
Literature Based Research Skills
Option module*

Semester 2 
Effective Chronic Disease Management Strategies for Healthcare Professionals
Health Research Methods
Option module*

Research Dissertation

Part-time version, two years

Year 1/Semester 1 
Critical Issues in Chronic Illness
Option* (Semester 1 or 2)

Year 1/Semester 2 
Effective Chronic Disease Management Strategies for Healthcare Professionals 
Option* (Semester 1 or 2)

Year 2/Semester 1 
Literature Based Research Skills
Option* (Semester 1 or 2)

Year 2/Semester 2 
Health Research Methods
Option* (Semester 1 or 2)

Summer (Year 2) 
Research Dissertation

*Examples of option modules include: Advanced Wound Care, Collaboration & Interagency Working, Dementia Care, Diabetes in Primary Care, Ethics of Health Research, Teaching Effectively.

Applications and selections

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

Who teaches this course?

Dr Adeline Cooney
Dr Sean Dinneen
Dr Georgina Gethin
Dr Marcella Kelly
Ms Catherine Meagher
Dr Mary O’Hara
Dr Micheál Newell
Ms Siobhan Smyth
Ms Edel Tierney
Ms Alison Van Laar

Find out more

Dr Mary O'Hara
T: +353 91 493 684

PAC code

GYM58 (full-time)
GYM59 (part-time)

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,650 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €7,426 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €n/a

GYM58 (full-time) €7,650 p.a.  GYM59 (part-time) €3,825 p.a.

Current students

Carmel O’Donnell, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care

"This is a very dynamic, interesting, challenging and relevant course. It reflects what is happening (and is predicted to happen) in clinical practice due to the increasing demands and burdens (personal, societal, global and economic) associated with chronic disease. The person-centred philosophy embedded in the course content is unique, and this person-centred approach is further embraced by all the lecturers. The balance of professionalism with friendliness, support and the time they afford to students is very reassuring when studying at Masters level. A very practical, multi-professional course suitable for a range of specialities."

School of Medicine Postgraduate Brochure

Past Students

Laura Towey, Staff Nurse - Stroke Unit

"This programme offers great variety in module selection so you can tailor the course to suit your interests and the academic support from lecturers is second to none. I know that this programme will open up a range of opportunities in my future career. It’s a Masters that would suit any healthcare discipline and everyone will find it challenging, relevant and enjoyable. With chronic illness at epidemic levels, healthcare professionals need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills which this course provides, to move with a changing health service delivering high quality health care with a focus on patient self-management."