Course Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Emergency Care) is designed for registered nurses who wish to pursue a specialism in Emergency Nursing.

Students are required to undertake their clinical practice in an approved clinical practice setting within Ireland, normally within the students' own work setting. Students may also be required to undertake additional placement(s) in order to meet the programme’s learning outcomes.

The full-time programme is offered full-time over two calendar years via blended learning which is a combination of on-line learning and face-to-face workshops. On completion of Year 1 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 second year to complete the MSc programme.

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.

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 has category 2 approval by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). 

Scholarships available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications SystemPlease note if you are aiming for a postgraduate diploma in this specialist Master/Postgraduate Diploma programme you still need to choose ‘Academic Level’ of “taught masters” to find the programme you wish to apply to. 

Who Teaches this Course

See full staff list here.

  • Dr Peter Carr, Programme Director
  • Ms Valerie McGovern, Clinical Facilitator ED
  • Yvonne Conway, MSc, BNS, RNT, RGN, Cert. Emergency
  • Deirdre Fitzgerald, BNS, RGN

Requirements and Assessment

Modules are assessed using a combination of coursework and teaching assessments.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  1. Be a registered nurse on the General Nurse division of the register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI); 
  2. Have a minimum of six months’ post-registration experience (exclusive of post-registration courses);
  3. Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., emergency, and have, as a minimum, six months’ clinical experience in this specialist area;
  4. 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) must demonstrate that they have successfully completed (in the previous two years) a module at Level 9. Please consult the professional credit awards at Level 9 at:

Additional Requirements


2 years, full-time (option to leave with PDip after 1 year)

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

Students will complete three core and three specialist modules in the first year (60 ECTS). Eligible students will then complete a research dissertation (30 ECTS) in the second year.

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

€6,816 (Yr 1) & €3,230 (Yr 2) 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€6,676 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€15,616 p.a. 2021/22

EU fees Year 1: €6,816and Year 2: €3,230 p.a.

Find out More

Dr Peter Carr
T: +353 91 492 833


Valerie McGovern |   Clinical Facilitator, Emergency Department

I completed this course a few years ago as I was new to ED and I wanted to ensure that I was providing evidence-based practice to ED patients. I found this course very informative and it allowed me to question my practice within the ED and to bring change into the ED based on the knowledge that I had gained from this programme. This programme provided me with a diverse range of knowledge which is required in ED when dealing with a diverse patient groups.

Jackie Finnegan |   Staff Nurse, Emergency Dept., Galway University Hospital

I applied for the postgraduate diploma in emergency medicine to enhance my nursing skills and become a fully competent emergency department nurse. The course provided me with a clinical focus to develop skills, gain knowledge and provided ample learning opportunities to add to my skillset. I would recommend this course to anyone who aspires to specialise in Emergency medicine. The blended learning aspect appealed to me greatly as I was working full time therefore it made the course achievable and flexible for me to complete. It has encompassed my overall learning and has heightened my level of knowledge, thus benefitting my progression as an emergency department staff nurse.


  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021 PDF (11.3MB)