Course Overview

Master of Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies) programme is appropriate for students who have already undertaken a Postgraduate Diploma (health/social care/disability studies related) programme at level 9 or equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Students apply for accreditation of prior learning for 60 ECTs for their Postgraduate Diploma qualification and then proceed for a further 60 ECTs at level 9 toward the award of Master of Health Sciences award. This is a multidisciplinary programme with allied healthcare professions receiving the award of Professional Studies and nurses receiving the award of Nursing Studies.

This multidisciplinary programme offers students a flexible option to use credits (60 ECTS) already gained at postgraduate level 9,  to return to study for a MHSc award. Applications are considered from students nationally and not just past student of St Angela’s College.  Students are offered a hybrid delivery while attending 3-4 days per semester. Students are offered both group and individual supervision for the research dissertation. 

Applications and Selections

Please complete and return the MHSc (Nursing/Professional Studies) 120 ECTS Application Form

‌Closing Date: 27th May 2022

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have gained:

  • A Postgraduate Diploma: for 60 ECTS at Level 9 in health/disability/social care related studies or evidence of equivalent academic credits achieved.
  • Applicants  must have achieved an aggregate mark of 60% overall in the Postgraduate Diploma programme phase.


  • Have successfully completed a postgraduate level 9 research module (or equivalent learning)


  • Be a registered nurse/midwife on the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland;


  • Be registered on another allied healthcare professional register* as appropriate;


  • Be currently employed in some aspect of health/disability or social care delivery e.g. care delivery, education, policy development, management, and associated support services.

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


This is a one-calendar-year part time programme (September-August)

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

Subject to numbers

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

27th May 2022

NFQ level


Mode of study

ECTS weighting



Master of Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies) - 120 ECTS


Course code

Course Outline

This is a one calendar year part-time programme. 

  • Students are required to have already undertaken a level 9 research module.
  • Students are required  and to have a research proposal (4000 words) already prepared before commencing the programme.
  • Students will attend seminar days (3-4) in semester one and two.
  • Students will be allocated a supervisor and will partake in individual and group supervision to develop and undertake their research project.

Further Education

On successful completion of this programme, students can apply for PHD programmes in health and social care/disability in ATU or other HEI. 

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of this programme, students are well positioned for senior positions in health and social care management, practice or education.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU


Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU


Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility

Find out More

School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies
St. Angela’s College, Sligo
T: +353 (0)71 913 5612


                           What Our Students Say

Anne Marie

Anne Marie Mahon |   MHSc (Nursing/Professional Studies) 120 ECTS

Completing a MHSc award was something I felt was not within my grasp until I completed the Pg Diploma (Applied Health & Wellness Coaching) in St Angela’s College. Encouragement from the lecturers motivated me to continue my studies for the Master of Health Sciences (Nursing Studies). The programme was interesting and challenging at the same time. The guidance and patience of the lecturers and library staff allowed me to successfully complete the programme. I have grown academically, professionally, and personally. I feel that this has contributed to a recent promotion and I would recommend the programme in St Angela’s College to prospective students.