Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Gerontology)—

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

Course overview

The programme is delivered over one year or over two years and is comprised of seven theory/practice modules. The student will continue to work in their own practice area caring for older people while undertaking the course. There are three core modules, three specialist modules, and one module will be chosen from a range of elective module options. The programme is dynamic and flexible and it is expected that the elective module range will increase over time and students will be offered more choice in which elective options they can take. In addition students will complete three clinical competency assessments, one in each trimester. The overall course is viewed as interconnected and interdependent. In all modules there is an emphasis on exploring the relevance of module content to practice. All assessments are structured to allow students to explore "new" knowledge in the reality of their practice, thus providing them with an opportunity to integrate theory and practice.

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.

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 An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann;

2. Have a minimum of one year post-registration experience (exclusive of post-registration courses);

3. Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., Intensive Care, 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 hold neither an Honours degree nor Higher Diploma (Level 8) may apply but must clearly demonstrate their capacity to undertake a programme at this level.

In addition to the requirements outlined above, these applicants are expected to submit a 1,000-word, literature-based essay on a topic relevant to the specialis area. To be considered for admission, this essay must be judged equivalent to an Honours degree (Level 8) level standard.

Duration: 1 year, full-time
(While at the same time students continue to work in practice with their existing employer.)

Next start date: This course is currently under review.

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 10 (minimum)

Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date website.

Mode of study: Blended learning: online learning and face to face workshops

Course outline

Programme content


  • Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice – core module 
  • Using Research in Practice – core module
  • Ageing and Older People: Biopsychosocial Perspectives - specialist module 
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing – specialist module
  • Contemporary Issues in Gerontological Nursing - specialist module

Option Module

  • Service Improvement – core module 
  • Clinical Competence I 
  • Clinical Competence II 
  • Clinical Competence III

Please note that the programme and option modules offered are subject to sufficient student numbers.

Applications and selections

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

Who teaches this course?

Phil Noone, MSc, MA, BNS, RGN, RM, RNT, MA in Anthropology and Development
Mary Gannon, MHSc, HDip Nursing Science (Gerontology), RGN 
Claire O'Tuathail: RN, Dip. Gerontology, PGCTLHE, MSc
Claire Welford, RGN, Dip NS, BNS (Hons); MSc
Sinéad Hahessy, RGN, B.A., M.A.(Soc.Sc). Pg Cert in Teaching and Learning.
Marcella Horrigan Kelly, B.Sc. (South Bank Univ.), M.Sc., R.G.N., R.M, R.P.H.N,R.N.T
Dr Adeline Cooney, M. Med.Sc., BNS, RGN, RNT, PhD

Requirements and assessment

Assessment is via a combination of coursework and examinations.

Find out more

Phil Noone, Programme Director 
T +353 91 492 831

Mary Gannon, Clinical Facilitator
T +353 91 495 843 | M +353 87 122 4237

PAC code

GYM15 full-time

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,005 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,781 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

€5,005 full time GYM15, €2,560 part time GYM49

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