Course Overview

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This Master of Health Sciences programme is aimed at preparing you to engage in chronic illness prevention and management. It will prepare you as a health professional to work collaboratively with clients and each other to deliver the HSE’s Transformation Programme, deliver care in line with the “share care model” for chronic illness, and effectively contribute to the delivery of self-management enhancing programmes.

The programme is multidisciplinary and welcomes applications from healthcare professionals from the wider multidisciplinary team (including medical doctors, nurses, midwives, physio-therapists, occupational and speech and language therapists).

The programme is offered through blended learning, a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching. This is an innovative and flexible approach, 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

Dr Adeline Cooney
Dr Sean Dinneen
Dr Georgina Gethin
Dr Marcella Kelly
Ms Catherine Meagher
Dr Mary O’Hara
Dr Micheál Newell
Ms Siobhan Smyth
Ms Edel Tierney
Ms Alison Van Laar

Requirements and Assessment

Assesment is by a combination of coursework and examinations.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

This course is open to qualified health professionals (doctor, midwife, nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, podiatrist, speech & language therapist, other) currently registered with their relevant professional body and actively involved in clinical practice.

Candidates must have secured a final grade of at least Second Class Honours in their primary degree, or hold a relevant Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9).

Additional Requirements


1 calendar year, full-time; 2 calendar-years, part-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught/Blended learning

ECTS weighting




PAC code

GYM58 (full-time)
GYM59 (part-time)

Course Outline

Programme outline (subject to change):

The year is divided into two teaching semesters (September–December and January– April). During the summer period (May–August), you will focus on completing a minor dissertation based on original research. You will complete four core modules and two option modules (from a selection provided) during the taught element of the programme. Students must complete the taught element of the programme to Second Class Honours standard (i.e., 60%) before proceeding to complete the dissertation element.

Modules, Semester 1: Critical Issues in Chronic Illness, Literature Based Research Skills, Option

Modules, Semester 2: Effective Chronic Illness Management Strategies for Healthcare Professionals, Health Research Methods, Option

Module, Semester 3: Research Dissertation (original research on a relevant topic).

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have an opportunity to lead and contribute to chronic illness prevention and management services in community and hospital settings. Graduates may also opt to progress to PhD programmes in Ireland and abroad.

The content of the course is well aligned with the new HSE clinical care pathways, and will help healthcare practitioners to meet the increasing expectation to demonstrate their continuing competence.

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

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,650 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€7,426 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2015/16
GYM58 (full-time) €7,650 p.a.  GYM59 (part-time) €3,825 p.a.

Find out More

Dr Mary O’Hara
T: +353 91 493 684