Bachelor of Nursing Science (General - Galway and Portiuncla)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

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Course overview

The Bachelor of Nursing Science (General) course is a four-year degree programme that will qualify you as a nurse. Successful students are awarded the Bachelor of Nursing Science (General) degree and are eligible to apply to register with An Bord Altranais, the nursing profession’s regulatory body. The programme is offered in partnership with the Health Service Executive (HSE) West.

The first three years are run within the academic year and include a combination of theory modules and clinical practice modules. Practice modules will require students to be in clinical practice for 35 hours per week. Year four comprises clinical/theory instruction in semester one and a 36-week internship of clinical practice which runs from January to September. During this period, the student will be an employee of the HSE West and paid a salary. The theoretical component comprises lectures, seminars, workshops, experiential learning, skills training and reading time.   

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional requirements

All successful applicants who are offered places on the degree programme will be required to have medical screening and Garda vetting: this will include medical assessment, screening and, if necessary, vaccination prior to the first clinical placement, in accordance with the policies of NUI Galway and the HSE West.

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2016

Entry points(2015): 460

A Level Grades (2015): AAB (A-level) & b (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 60

Course outline

Years 1 - 3

  • Biological Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Nursing Theory
  • Nursing Practice
  • Health Promotion
  • Research

Year 4

  • Research
  • Leadership and Clinical Governance in Nursing and Midwifery Practice
  • Transition to Professional Practice in Nursing and Midwifery Practice
  • Clinical/Theory instruction - Semester I
  • Clinical internship which runs over 36 weeks - Semester II

Further education

Graduates have the option to study a variety of nursing programmes at postgraduate, diploma, masters and PhD levels.

Find out more

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,330 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,106 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

EU Fees 2015/16:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Current Students

Suelyn Sibanda

BSc (Nursing)

"...I decided to do a nursing degree after working for 3 years as a care assistant with a nursing agency. I felt l could do more, give more in my job but l was limited. I enjoy the way the programme is set out with due emphasis given to both theory and clinical experience components. Through the theoretical component, I've had the chance to learn many things, not just about nursing but also from biological sciences and social sciences, making the course all the more dynamic and enjoyable. I have also gained clinical experience in medical and surgical nursing, midwifery, psychiatric and public health nursing..."