M.Sc. Nursing (Adult Nursing)

University of Limerick

Tuition fee:
  • € 3,962 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,956 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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:

* Utilise evidence to inform nursing practice in monitoring co-ordinating and managing care.
* Critically review current innovations and developments within nursing.
* Utilise a knowledge base consistent with that of the profession, and which incorporates the standards of professional groups.
* Critically appraise strategies to promote, maintain and restore health in relevant care groups.
* Critically evaluate, generate and conduct research that will incorporate evidence-based practice in nursing.
* Critically evaluate the role of specialist and advanced practice in nursing.
* Collaborate within multidisciplinary teams in the provision of quality outcomes.
* Critically appraise international, national and local policy strategies that are relevant to advancing nursing roles.
* Discuss factors that influence practice and theoretical knowledge at specialist/advanced practice levels.
* Demonstrate the critical thinking skills and ethical decision-making required for specialist/advanced practice in nursing care.
* Critically discuss the role of the nurse at specialist/advanced levels in monitoring coordinating and managing care of individuals experiencing episodic health problems
* Lead, anticipate and manage nursing/midwifery interventions when expected/ sudden changes in patient well-being occur.


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.

* Health Promotion in Nursing/Midwifery Practice, Consultancy in Nursing / Midwifery; Transcultural Care, Therapeutic Engagement , Complementary Therapies in Healthcare Practice.

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.


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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80

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