The overall aim of the 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. Key emphasis is placed on the development of 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.
Students will select one Module from a range of the following Elective Modules to be taken in Semester 2. 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.
Applicants should normally possess a Primary Degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) and have been engaged in practice as a Registered Nurse for at least two years. Those who do not meet the normal academic requirements will also be considered. For those applicants, they will be expected to provide evidence that they can study at postgraduate level. These candidates will be required to submit a written assignment and may be required to attend for interview.
All students must be registered with the An Bord Altranais and demonstrate proof of access to relevant practice placements.
The Graduate Diploma level programme will be offered over one year. 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.
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.
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