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Masters in Science in Nursing

Key Facts

Course Code: DPTNM-NURS-1F09


Next Intake: September annually

Closing date for applications: 31st July

Location: 24 D'Olier Street

Fees: Further information on course fees can be found at Academic Registry.


The M.Sc. in Nursing is intended for nurses who wish to acquire a thorough understanding in a number of subject areas that inform the four pillars of modern nursing; nursing practice, education, management and research. This programme aims to provide those who wish to apply for senior positions with the skills necessary for advancing knowledge, initiating and encouraging innovation, and leading and developing nursing thus enabling them to achieve their highest potential in both their academic and professional lives.

Structure & Delivery

This fulltime taught M.Sc. in Nursing is a one year theory programme comprising of six modules and a dissertation. Lectures usually start in mid- September each year and the course runs for one calendar year.

Small classes facilitate the opportunity for students to engage in interactive lectures, discussions and debate. Focusing on the development of critical analysis, reflection, research and presentation skills helps students advance their knowledge of practice and research applied to their area of nursing. Students form small study groups to provide mutual peer support and arenas for discussion and debate. Students can attend our annual interdisciplinary research conference, regular research days, seminars, data analysis clinics and learn about the latest research and practice developments from international and national experts.

Course Content

The programme includes four mandatory modules and two elective modules, all with 10 ECTS weightings. Students must also complete a Dissertation which has an ECTS weighting of 30 credits. In order to be awarded the M.Sc. in Nursing students must successfully complete 90 ECTS. Assessment consists of written assignments and online activities.

Year One

Plus two modules from the following options

Year Two

Entry Requirement

International applicants must:

  • Be registered as a professional nurse who is entitled to practise as a qualified or registered nurse in their own country.
  • Hold an honors degree in nursing or a related discipline or equivalent professional and academic qualification.
  • Or otherwise satisfy the course committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course.
  • For all applicants whose first language is not English meet language requirements (see below).


All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:


Minimum Level Required

IELTS Grade 6.5
TOEFL 230 computer-based 570 paper-based 88 internet-based
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C
Pearson Test of English PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59)

Please note that test scores are only valid for two years.

For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.