Course Overview

The Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Palliative Care) is designed for registered nurses who wish to pursue a specialism in Palliative Care Nursing. The programme aims to support students in developing as knowledgeable, caring practitioners who can effecting positive transitions for patients from curative approaches in healing to comfort measures in caring at end of life.

The programme is offered full-time over two academic years and part-time over three academic years. On completion of the six modules in year 1 (full-time) or year 2 (part-time) students have the option of being awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or (if they have achieved the minimum 60% average mark across these modules) may progress onto the next year to complete the MSc programme.

It consists of both theoretical and clinical components. A blended learning approach is adopted in the delivery of this programme. Students are required to attend face to face workshops for a total of 12 days across the programme. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours before completing this programme. 

SPECIAL FEATURES

The course has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills. The programme is offered through a blended learning format—a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching. Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying. This course is currently undergoing approval by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

Applications and Selections

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

Who Teaches this Course

See full staff list here.

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  1. Be registered on the general, children’s, mental health or learning disability division of the Nurse’s Register maintained by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
  2. Have a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience (exclusive of post-registration courses).
  3. Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., Palliative Care / with people at end of life, and have, as a minimum, six months’ clinical experience in this specialist area.
  4. All students must complete additional clinical hours in a palliative care setting. The length of placement depends on the learning opportunities available to students in their current work setting.
  5. Have an Honours Bachelor’s degree at NFQ Level 8 in nursing or a comparable qualification. Applicants who do not hold an Honours degree or Higher Diploma (Level 8) may apply but must clearly demonstrate their capacity to complete a programme at this level. In addition to the other requirements outlined above, these applicants are required to submit a 1,000-word, literature-based essay. To be considered for admission, this essay must be at the level expected of an Honours degree candidate (Level 8).
  6. Candidates registered on the Mental Health or Learning Disability division of the register maintained by An Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann must complete additional clinical hours in a palliative care setting. This requirement may apply to registered general or children’s nurses depending on the learning opportunities available to them in their work setting.

Additional Requirements

Duration

2 Years full-time (Option to leave with PDip after 1 year); 3 Years part-time (pption to leave with PDip after 2 years)

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

15

Closing Date

Please see the review/closing dates website for further information.

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study

Blended learning and workshops.

ECTS weighting

90

Award

CAO

PAC code

GYM21, full-time GYM37, part-time

Course Outline

Full-time students will complete 3 core and 3 specialist modules in the 1st year (60 ECTS). Part-time students will complete 1 core and 2 specialist modules in the 1st year and 2 core and 1 specialist module in the 2nd year (60 ECTS). Eligible students will then complete a research dissertation (30 ECTS) in their Masters year.

Modules

  • Service Improvement (10 credits—core) 
  • Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice (10 credits—core) 
  • Advanced Research Methods (10 credits—core) 
  • Clinical Assessment 1 
  • Clinical Assessment 2 
  • Palliative Approaches to Symptom Management (10 credits—specialist)
  • Care of the Child and Family with Palliative / Complex Needs (10 credits—specialist)
  • End of Life Care: Psychological & Social Perspectives (10 credits—specialist)

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment and promotion opportunities nationally and internationally.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,500 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€6,276 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2016/17

Find out More

Laura Dempsey 
T +353 91 495 352 
E laura.dempsey@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/nursing.midwifery/