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M. Sc. / P.Grad. Dip. in Specialist Nursing - Gerontological Nursing

Key Facts

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 gerontological nursing strand will strengthen and advance students’ knowledge, skills, competencies and clinical effectiveness in the provision and delivery of high-quality care based on evidence-based practice for older persons. This strand will also promote standards for safe effective care for service users and facilitate nursing postgraduate students to develop a critical awareness of issues and challenges linked to gerontological healthcare as a distinct entity. Gerontological nursing as a core specialist and as an additional strand to the current MSc in Nursing: Specialist Nursing is supportive of and aligns with both the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s and the wider College’s strategic plans of strengthening community, building valuable partnerships and engaging wider society.

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.

Applicants wishing to complete the PG Dip/MSc Gerontological Nursing clinical practicum module, are requested to have sourced 2 additional age-related clinical areas (i.e. acute care of older person, rehabilitation of older person and long-term care of older person) in addition to current clinical place of work prior to application. 

*For further information on the Postgraduate Certificate exit point, please contact course personnel.

Course Content

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.

Year 1 Modules


  • Principles of integrated care in gerontological nursing
  • Biopsychosocial principles of gerontological nursing
  • Advancing gerontological nursing practice
  • Supervised Practice Placement (Gerontological nursing)


Year 2 Module

Clinical Placements and Student Support
Each student 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.

Clinical Allocations

Clinical Skills Centre

Course Assessments
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.


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

  • IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall with a minimum of grade of 6 in each category
  • TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based. The test taken here should be TOEFL IBT
  • 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)
  • An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-sessional Pathway Programme
  • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020

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. Click here for Pre-Master’s 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 2020/21 applications in light of test centre closures.

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

Contact Us

Dr. Margaret Mc Cann, Course Co-ordinator, T: +353 1896 8542

Dr Claire Donnellan, Educational Facilitator, T: +353 1 8964109

Ms. Mary Bell, Educational Facilitator, St. James's Hospital
Centre for Learning and Development, T: (01) 4284891

Postgraduate Course Team, E:, T: +353 1 8963005