Course Overview

The aim of this programme is to facilitate health and social care professionals to develop and augment their knowledge and skills in a manner conducive to the development of their professional practice. The Master of Health Sciences / Postgraduate Diploma (Nursing/Professional Studies) reflects many of the issues driving change in health and social care delivery in health and social care delivery and will challenge the participants to reflect on their own and their work setting’s capacity to respond to such a shift. The multi-disciplinary nature of the programme is mirroring the current and desired approach to healthcare delivery.

On successful completion of the programme and depending on the stage that the student choses to exit the programme, students who are registered nurses will be awarded the Master of Health Sciences/Postgraduate Diploma (Nursing Studies) and students who are allied health and social care professionals, will be awarded the Master of Health Sciences/Postgraduate Diploma (Professional Studies).

Applications and Selections

Application Forms:

Applicants for this programme apply for the first four modules on a standalone module basis and are not yet registered to the full programme. On successful completion of four standalone modules, the student can indicate to the Course Coordinator, their intention to continue for the Postgraduate Diploma award and in doing so, are then registered to the full Postgraduate Diploma phase of the programme.‌

Closing Date: 27th May 2022
Late applicants may be considered.‌

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

- Be a registered nurse on the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
- Be registered on the appropriate allied health professional Register*

Be currently employed in healthcare or social care either in: clinical or social care practice/management/ research /education. Some modules may only be undertaken while working in a specific discipline related area such as nursing. This is specified in modules descriptions.

Applicants will normally have gained:
A primary degree (health science/studies or social science/studies related) level 8 or evidence of equivalent academic credits. Students who do not have the aforementioned will be required to compile a portfolio to provide evidence of their ability to study at post-graduate level.

  • International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall score of 7 in the IELTS Academic Test is required.
*For those required to register with a professional body

Additional Requirements


2-3 years to complete PG Diploma.
1 year to complete MHSc.

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

27th May 2022
Late applicants may be considered.

NFQ level

Level 9

Mode of study

ECTS weighting



Master of Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies)


Course code

Course Outline

The Postgraduate Diploma phase provides a flexible format allowing students to choose from a suite of modules that are relevant to their own clinical and professional practice development. A total of six modules; 2 core (Advanced Research Skills and Healthcare Ethics) and 4 optional, can be completed over a 2-3-year period. A large proportion of the modules are delivered in a blended learning/e-learning format; hence requiring limited college attendance.

On successful completion of six modules students can then chose two options.
Option One:   Exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences award.
Option Two:   Continue their studies for one further academic year (Sepptember to May), bypassing the Postgraduate Diploma (Nursing/ Professional Studies) award, and continuing to complete a 30 ECTS research dissertation module for the award of Master of Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies).

Note: Students who elect to continue on to complete the Master’s programme, will at the end of their studies hold a Master of Health Sciences qualification (not both a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master of Health Sciences award). Applicants who are registered nurses will be eligible for the Nursing Studies award and applicants who are registered allied health or social care professionals will be eligible for the Professional Studies award. 

Many of our standalone modules are delivered through blended learning/e-learning allowing you the option of studying at your own pace in your own home.

Standalone Modules include:

Module Dates 2022-2023

Semester 1 Online Induction: 14th -16th September 2022

Induction sessions will be delivered online and recorded allowing flexibility in attendance.

Module Module Fee Dates Module Leader
Fundamentals of Coaching
and Healthy Lifestyle Relationship
€900 Online Lectures: 3-5pm
21st September 2022
28th September 2022
5th October 2022 
12th October 2022 (on campus workshop, 9am-5pm)
19th October 2022
26th October 2022
9th November 2022 (online workshop, 9am-5pm)
16th November 2022
Dr Helen McGloin
Historical Perspectives in Disability €900 Module Introduction: 
17th September 2022

Lectures run for 12 weeks beginning 19th September 2022

Seminar Day: November 2022 (date TBC)

Susan Carton
Principles of Healthcare Leadership €900 26th September 2022
17th October 2022
7th November 2022
28th November 2022
Linda Devaney
Behaviours that Challenge €900 Commencement: 
3rd Ocotber 2022

8th October 2022

Assignment Submission Date:

2nd December 2022
Carmel Jennings
Therapeutic Communication €900 18th October 2022
1st November 2022
15th November 2022
Tom O'Grady
Quality and Healthcare Management €900 22 September 2022
13th October 2022
3rd November 2022
24th November 2022
Linda Devaney

Semester 2 Online Induction: 11th - 13th January 2023

Induction sessions will be delivered online and recorded allowing flexibility in attendance.

Module Module Fee Dates Module Leader
Eating Disorders in Adults and Adolescents
€900 19th January 2023
2nd February 2023
16th February 2023
Tom O'Grady
Assessing and Managing Clients Presenting
Following Self-harm
€900 20th January 2023
3rd February 2023
17th February 2023
Tom O'Grady
Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural
€900 17th January 2023
31st January 2023
14th February 2023
Tom O'Grady
Early Interventions for People
Who Experience First Episode Psychosis
€900 18th January 2023
1st February 2023
15th February 2023
Tom O'Grady
Advanced Research Skills €900 24th January 2023
21st February 2023
14th March 2023
Dympna O'Connell
Autism Spectrum Disorder €900 Commencement: 
30th January 2023

4th February 2023

Assignment Submission Date:
31st March 2023
Tara McGowan
Healthcare Ethics                                         €900 26th January 2023
9th February 2023
2nd March 2023
23rd March 2023
Patricia Kennedy



Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Students are empowered in their professional practice to respond proactively to change and become key drivers in practice development. This Master’s/Postgraduate Diploma programme will support employment and promotional opportunities within nursing and health and social care practice, management and education.

Why Choose the Master of Health Sciences/Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies)?

  • Flexible Blended Learning Options.
  • Studying at your own pace in your own home.
  • Professional Development Courses that help advance your career
  • Funding available for certain courses through Nursing Funding Bodies

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€900 per module

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU


Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility

  • Postgraduate Diplome: €5,400
  • MHSc (90 ECTS): €3,300
  • MHSc (120 ECTS): €4,750

Fee for current Postgraduate Diploma students progressing  to MHSc stage in September 2022: €3,000

Find out More

Karolina Oracz
Postgraduate Administrator
T:   +353 (0)71 9135612 (ext. 612)