Master of Health Sciences
(Nursing/Midwifery Education)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview

The Master of Health Sciences (Nursing/Midwifery Education) aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become effective teachers/facilitators of student/client learning in both higher education and clinical settings. Theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of nursing practice; research methodology; practice development and conduct of research form the framework for reflection on practice and exploration of aspects of practice. Specialist modules address teaching methods, facilitating learning, assessment strategies and curriculum development.

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 successfully completed a Master’s in Nursing and Midwifery or its equivalent;
2. 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 PDip in Nursing /Midwifery Studies with appropriate experience or meet the required standard in the MHSc Nursing Qualifying Examination;
3. 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 NUI Galway;
4. Have practised as a nurse/midwife for two years post- registration;
5. Have negotiated a placement in a School/Department of Nursing/Midwifery Education establishment which will provide them with the opportunity to meet the practice requirements of this programme.

Duration: 2 years, part-time

Next start date: September 2016

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 10 (minimum)

Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date 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 modules address teaching methods, facilitating learning, assessment strategies and curriculum development.

100 hours of teaching practice is completed over the two years and is an integral part of 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?

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

Requirements and assessment

Modules are assessed using a combination of course-work and teaching assessments.

Find out more

Siobhan Smyth
T: +353 91 492 832

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €3,065 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €2,897 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €168 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

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