The overall aim of the Adult Nursing programme is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to enhance previously acquired professional education and develop critical inquiry, knowledge and skills, attributes and competencies in preparation for developing roles within nursing. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma will provide students with the academic qualifications necessary to be considered for Clinical Nurse Specialist posts. The MSc level award will provide students with the academic qualifications to be considered for Advanced Nursing Practice posts.
The programme provides opportunities to explore research as evidence for enhancing and changing practice. The programme also provides opportunities for nurses to develop critical thinking and reflective skills at specialist and advanced practice levels. The programme will develop professional qualities and a high level of competence in the promotion of excellence and current best practice in the delivery and appraisal of advancing practice.
On completion of the programme the student will:
At Graduate Diploma level, students undertake a total of 8 modules described below. At Masters level, all students will complete one additional research module and a dissertation.
Semester 1 - Health Research - Methodology, Concepts of Specialist and Advanced Practice, Practice Placement 1, Adult Nursing (Advanced Assessment)
Semester 2 - Healthcare Policy and Reform, Practice Placement 2, Therapeutic Interventions & Support in Adult Nursing
Elective Modules - Students will select one Module from a range of the following. Not all Modules may be offered in any year.
Semesters 3 and 4 - Health Research - Methods, Dissertation 1, Dissertation 2
The dissertation will comprise a substantial project of 20,000 words (+/-10%). Students must obtain a minimum Grade of C3 in their dissertation. The work must meet the conditions of ethical research requirements.
The MSc programme will be offered over a subsequent year (minimum). Entry to the MSc programme will be based on achieving an overall award of a 2:1 standard on the Graduate Diploma programme. Applicants that have not completed the Graduate Diploma at the University of Limerick can also apply for the MSc (year 2) provided that they have undertaken a level 9 Postgraduate Nursing or Midwifery Programme (recognised by An Bord Altranais). All applications for access to Year 2 of the programme will be processed through the Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) route.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
As all international students are required to possess sufficient language skills to attend lectures and sit examinations at the University of Limerick, students should be competent to communicate through the medium of English prior to their arrival.
Students must have a minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score in the range of 6.5-7 and not less than 6.0 in any one component.
No work experience is required.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10,000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.