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M. Sc. / P.Grad. Dip. in Specialist Nursing - Cancer Care and Haematology

Key Facts

Course Code: DPTNM-SNUR-1SNU

Duration: 2 years part-time

Next Intake: September annually

Closing date for applications: 30th June

Location: 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2


This programme has been developed to meet the new demands and challenges within the health care system and specifically within cancer care and haematology nursing. The course is firmly grounded in a body of knowledge and clinical expertise that aims to promote excellence in the area of cancer care practice and haematology nursing.  It is also designed to provide an academically robust education for the participants and the various modules offered develop and complement subjects undertaken at degree or equivalent level.

The philosophy of the programme incorporates the core concepts of caring for persons with cancer or a haematological illness. Students on this course are recognised as practicing professional nurses with substantial clinical experience. This course aims to facilitate the enhancement of their knowledge and skills in cancer care and haematology nursing to an advanced level. On completion of this course the registered general nurse will be considered to be knowledgeable and skilled in providing holistic patient centred care to the patient with cancer or a haematological illness.

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.

Course Content

Year 1 Modules



Year 2 Module

Clinical Placements
Students will be required to do the recommended minimum number of hours of supervised clinical placements in both cancer care and haematology units. This may be undertaken in the specialist units in St James's Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital and Tallaght Hospital or in oncology or haematology units in the student’s associated hospital, subject to certain conditions. The remainder of the clinical placements may take place in oncology or haematology units in the student's associated hospital.

Clinical Allocations

Clinical Skills Centre

Course Assessments
Each module will be assessed by the successful completion of an academic assignment or examination. The assessment of clinical competence will focus on the acquisition of specialist competencies and the completion of a competence based portfolio.


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 6.5 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

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.

Contact Us

Michael Coughlan, T: +353 1 896 2695
Lecturer and Educational Facilitator
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Trinity College Dublin
D'Olier Street, Dublin 2

Amy Nolan, Office (01) 428 4797 or (01) 4103000
Clinical Facilitator
HOPe Directorate
St. James's Hospital , Dublin 8

Margaret McAdam, Course Co-ordinator, T: +353 1 8963969

Postgraduate Course Team, T: +353 1 8963005