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

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 M. Sc. / P.Grad. Dip. in Specialist Nursing (Orthopaedic) is designed to enable registered nurses to enhance their knowledge, experience and clinical skills within their chosen speciality. The course will endeavour to provide the student with the appropriate level of knowledge, clinical expertise and technical skills necessary to function as a competent, effective and caring practitioner, and is designed to prepare the nurse to function as a specialist nurse. There is a strong commitment to research based practice, and a focus on the development and integration of theoretical knowledge and clinical experience. This will meet the specific educational needs of students and will promote evidence based nursing care.

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

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.

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

Contact Us

Dr. Margaret Mc Cann, Course Co-ordinator, E:

Ms Anne-Marie Malone, Educational Facilitator, E:

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

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

Postgraduate Course Team, E: