Course Overview

The central importance of primary care has been repeatedly endorsed by governments in recent years. This course has been designed to meet your changing educational needs as a doctor or nurse working in primary care, using a combination of distance learning and face-to-face workshops. You can take a single module in a subject of your choice or work towards a PgCert/PDip.

This course has built-in flexibility to meet the needs of busy health-care professionals, allowing you to learn at a time and place that suits you. It is accredited for Continuing Medical Education and has received An Bord Altranais Category II approval.

The modules are delivered using an e-learning platform supported by dedicated skills training sessions at NUI Galway (usually two non-consecutive days per module). The distance education format allows you to engage in learning at a time and place that suit your lifestyle.

Postgraduate Certificate = any 3 modules, at least 2 clinical. 
Postgraduate Diploma = any 6 modules, at least 3 clinical.

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

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.
If you are interested in individual modules you may apply for a Professional Credit Award, click here.

Who Teaches this Course

Prof. Andrew W Murphy
Dr. Sarah Brennan
Dr. Patricia Cremin
Dr. Sean Dinneen
Dr. Eva Flynn
Dr. Liam Glynn
Dr. Brian Hallahan
Ms Mette Jensen
Dr. Kim Kavanagh
Ms. Marcella Kelly
Dr. Emma Kilgarriff
Dr. Redin Lawlor
Dr. Gary MacDonald
Ms. Maura Molloy
Dr. Micheál Newell
Dr. Grainne Ní Fhoghlu
Ms. Siobhan Smyth
Ms. Edel Tierney
Ms. Alison Van Laar

Requirements and Assessment

Work is assessed through a combination of practice-based assign-ments and participation in online discussions.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be registered healthcare professionals currently working in clinical practice in an Irish primary care setting. Applicants from secondary care may also be considered. General computer literacy is essential.

Additional Requirements


PDip: 10 months, full-time, in service
PgCert: 6 months, full-time, in service
Stand-alone modules: 6–12 weeks, full-time in service

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20 (combined)

Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting

60 (PDip), 30 (PgCert)



PAC code

GYM30 (PDip), GYM33 (PgCert)

Course Outline

Programme content (Trimester 1 = Sept–Dec; Trimester 2 = Jan–Mar; Trimester 3 = Mar–Jun)
Clinical Modules

Advanced Wound Care Management (trimester 2)
Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care (trimester 2)
Diabetes in Primary Care (trimester 2)
Infectious Disease in Primary Care (trimester 1)
Mental Health in Primary Care (trimester 3)
Minor Surgery and Related Dermatology (trimester 3)
Respiratory Disease in Primary Care ‌(trimester 1)
Women's Health in Primary Care (trimester 3)

Non-Clinical Modules

Clinical Teaching Methodologies (trimester 2)
Collaboration and Interagency Working (trimester 2)
Concepts & Principles of Primary Care (trimester 1)
Health Research Methods (trimester 1)
Literature Based Research Skills (trimester 1)‌

Anyone interested in completing a Masters in Primary Care should note that the final three modules listed above are mandatory – for more information please click here.

All modules are available on a stand-alone basis, or can be accumulated towards an award of PgCert (any three modules, at least two clinical) or PDip (any six modules, at least three clinical). Modules can be accumulated over a period of between one and three years, as you wish. Each module is delivered via a mix of online distance learning and face-to-face workshops in Galway (usually two non-consecutive days per module).

(Note: all programmes are suitable for those in full-time employment and may be taken over three years if required.)

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course is recognised for external CPD by the Irish College of General Practitioners, and has received Category 2 approval from An Bord Altranais. The content of the course is well aligned with the new HSE clinical care pathways, and will help community-based practitioners to meet the increasing expectation to demonstrate their continuing competence.

Inter-disciplinary learning provides new and interesting challenges for primary care professionals that reflect many of the issues that occur in the context of primary care teams. Thus involvement in the NUI Galway clinical primary care modules will support better primary care team development and operation.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,915 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€4,691 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2015/16
PDip: €4,915; PgCert: €2,675; Single module: €850.

Find out More

Dr Eva Flynn
T: +353 91 493 699