Course Overview

The complex and changing nature of health care today requires nurses prepared to a minimum of a bachelors degree. In order to progress in a career as a nurse it is now recognised that a postgraduate qualification is a necessity. The Master of Health Sciences (Nursing) is designed for the nurse to address in detail matters relating to the care of patients/clients in their area of specialism. The clinical experience the nurse brings to the theoretical knowledge gained through the programme promotes the development of expert practice. The award can also be used as a stepping stone to advanced practice and teaching qualifications.

The programme is part-time over two years or three 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.

Special Features

The course is approved by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann and 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.

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
Dr. Maura Dowling, M.Sc., BNS, RNT, RGN, RM, Cert. Oncology, PhD
Bernard McCarthy, Dip.Nurse Mgt. (RCSI), Cert.Adult. Ed. (City & Guilds), B.Sc. (South Bank), C.Q.A.M. (GMIT), M.Sc. (Dub.)
Teresa Meaney, M.Sc., BNS, DNS, RGN, RM, RNT

Requirements and Assessment

Modules are assessed using coursework.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

1. Have attained at least an upper Second Class Honours degree in Nursing or Nursing Studies at H2.1 or at H2.2 with appropriate experience or a Higher Diploma in Nursing Studies with appropriate experience, or meet the required standard in the MHSc Nursing Qualifying Examination;

2. Be a registered nurse on the General, Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse divisions of the register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann;

3. Have practised as a nurse for a minimum of two years post-registration (exclusive of post-registration/
educational programmes).

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

10 (minimum)

Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting




PAC code


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. Options are available in Education and specific clinical areas.

Modules/course-work includes core modules addressing nursing theory and research. Students also choose from a range of optional modules and undertake a research dissertation.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment in the health services, and in private hospitals and clinics.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€3,065 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€2,841 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2016/17

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