M.Sc. / P.Grad. Dip. / P.Grad. Cert. in Specialist Nursing
Course Code: DPTNM-SNUR-1SNU
Duration: 2 years part-time
Next Intake: September annually
Closing date for applications: 31 July
Location: 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2
The aim of these courses is to facilitate registered nurses currently practising in specialist areas to develop further their knowledge and skills, enabling the delivery of evidence-based specialist nursing care as members of the multidisciplinary team and to contribute to the attainment of excellence in health care. The course consists of six modules: three specialist, one clinical practicum and two core modules in the areas of research and management.
Students must pass all modules in order to achieve the Postgraduate award and progress to the second year of the MSc programme during which they complete a dissertation. Students may opt to exit at the end of year one and be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate* or a Postgraduate Diploma.
If all elements of the course have been passed the student has the option to return to undertake year two within four years. The specialist courses are taught in partnership between the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the associated Health Service Providers. The specialist strands offered are listed above
*For further information on the Postgraduate Certificate exit point, please contact course personnel.
Structure & Delivery
Year One: commences with a full week in September and thereafter one day per week for the remainder of the academic year.
Year Two: attendance at workshops throughout the academic year. The course is offered on a two year part-time basis.
This course includes clinical and practice based teaching, learning and assessment and students may be required to attend additional sessions at associated service provider sites as well as at the student’s practice base during year one of the course.
Clinical Placements and Student Support
Each student will be engaged in specific practice settings in Ireland relevant to each individual strand for the duration of the course of study. They will receive a planned clinical placement timetable for the duration of the course. During the course, educational and clinical facilitators will offer personal and professional support to each student.
Each module will be assessed by the successful completion of an academic assignment. The assessment of clinical competence will focus on the acquisition of specialist competencies and the clinical assessments will be carried out throughout the clinical placements / completion of a competence based portfolio.
The criteria for admission are that the candidate must
- Current registration on the appropriate nursing division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Active Register
- A minimum of two years post-registration clinical experience since first registration
- A minimum of one year experience in the specialty at the time of application.
- Candidates must also hold an honours degree in nursing or a related discipline or equivalent professional and academic qualification or satisfy the selection committee that they have the academic ability to successfully complete the programme.
- Additional criteria may be required by individual Health Service Providers.
- Each student will be engaged in specific practice settings relevant to the specialist area for the duration of the programme of study.
Documentation required to complete application
- 1 Academic reference
- 1 Clinical reference
- Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
- Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses
- A letter of support from your Director of Nursing
Flexibility in Progression from P.Grad.Cert. and P.Grad.Dip. to M.Sc.
Upon successful completion of three specialist modules, each of 10 ECTS credits, totalling 30 ECTS credits, students may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (P.Grad.Cert.) or may progress further on the Postgraduate Diploma (P.Grad.Dip.) and Master (M.Sc.) programme.
Upon successful completion of four specialist modules, each of 10 ECTS credits, totalling 40 ECTS credits and including the clinical practicum module, students may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (P.Grad.Cert.) (Clinical) which is a recognised qualification for specialist practice. Otherwise, students may progress further on the Postgraduate Diploma (P.Grad.Dip.) and Master (M.Sc.) programme.
Upon successful completion of six modules, each of 10 ECTS credits, totalling 60 ECTS credits, students may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (P.Grad.Dip.) which is a recognised qualification for specialist practice. Otherwise, students may progress further on the Master (M.Sc.) programme.
Students who are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma may progress to undertake a M.Sc. subject to course regulations and prescribed timelines.
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:
IELTS (Academic version) and IELTS Indicator : Grade 6.5 overall with a minimum of grade of 6 in each category
TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based
- TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based
- University of Cambridge:
Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
- Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020
- An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-Masters pathway programme. The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is an academic English course for international students with conditional offers for postgraduate study at Trinity. Passing the programme means you meet Trinity’s English language requirement and can progress to your postgraduate course without retaking IELTS or any other exam.
The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is an academic English course for international students with conditional offers for postgraduate study at Trinity. Passing the programme means you meet Trinity’s English language requirement and can progress to your postgraduate course without retaking IELTS or any other exam. Please click here for Pre-Masters pathway programme
Please also note that existing IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and PET scores up to three years old (rather than two) will be accepted for 2021/22 applications in light of test centre closures.
For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.
An applicant whose first language is not English but who has taken a degree through the medium of English may be eligible. However some courses may request applicants to present an English Language qualification under certain circumstances.