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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: 30 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 progress to the second year of the MSc pro-gramme during which they complete a dissertation. Students may opt to exit at the end of year one and be awarded 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 below.

Course Content

Year 1 Modules



Year 2 Module

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.

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

Contact Us

Mr Kevin McKenna, St. James's Hospital, Centre for Learning and Development, E:

Ms. Clodagh McLoughlin, Deputy Head of Learning & Development, Centre for Learning & Development, Tallaght University Hospital, E:

Postgraduate Course Team, E: