Course Overview

This programme is designed for registered  nurses who wish to pursue a specialism in Perioperative Nursing. This programme is offered full-time over two calendar years. Taught components of the programme are delivered in a blended learning format. Blended learning is an innovative teaching strategy which involves a combination of face-to-face and on-line learning. This means that most learning/teaching will be delivered on-line through Blackboard, an interactive learning system which connects directly to the University from your own home computer. Students are required to attend face to face workshops for a total of 12 days across the programme. The programme is comprised of six theory /practice modules. In all modules there is an emphasis on exploring the relevance of module content to practice, similarly, practice placements allow students to explore “new” knowledge in practice, enabling them an opportunity to integrate theory and practice. 

Students are required to undertake their clinical practice in an approved clinical practice setting within Ireland normally within the students own work setting. Where the environment does not provide sufficient opportunities to meet the learning outcomes of the programme additional placements will be required by t he student in sites which will provide the experience needed. A minimum  of 1,000 clinical hours need to be completed in the specialist area while undertaking the programme.


 The course is approved by An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann 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

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  1. Be a registered nurse on the General division of the Register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann.
  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., Theatre (Perioperative setting) and have as a minimum six months clinical experience in this specialist area.
  4.  Have an honours degree or equivalent (Level 8). 

    Applicants who hold neither an honours degree nor higher diploma (Level 8) may apply but must clearly demonstrated their capacity to undertake a programme at this level. In addition to the requirements outlined above these applicants are expected to submit a 1000 word literature based essay on a topic relevant to their specialist area. To be considered for admission this essay must be judged equivalent to an honours degree (Level 8).

Top Up (PAC Code GYM86):

 Applicants who have completed a specialist nursing PGDip and who have attained at least 60%  in their final mark are eligible to apply for year two of our specialist masters programmes via the link below.  Please contact the programme leader directly to discuss your eligibility (additional requirements may apply).


Additional Requirements


2 years, full-time (Option to leave the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma after one year)

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

10 (minimum)

Closing Date

Please see the review/closing dates website for further information.

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study

Blended learning & workshops.

ECTS weighting




PAC code

GYM22- full time
GYM86- top up

Course Outline


  • Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice (10 credits core)
  • Advanced Research Methods (10 credits)
  • Physiological Effects of Surgery and Promotion of Safety: (10 credits)
  • Prevention of Anaesthetic Complications: (10 credits)
  • Prevention of Surgical Complications:   (10 credits)
  • Service Improvement (10 credits)
  • Clinical Assessment  1
  • Clinical Assessment  2

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment and promotion opportunities nationally and internationally.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,500 p.a. (Yr 1) & €3,250 (Yr 2) 2016/17 & 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€6,276 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2016/17
EU Fees Year 1:  €6,500 and Year 2: €3,250.

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