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Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Nursing - Perioperative

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


Professional nursing in the perioperative department requires specialist knowledge, along with clinical and technical expertise and interpersonal skills, in order to provide comprehensive, physical, emotional and spiritual support to the patient during surgical intervention.

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

As part of this course students will be facilitated to undertake one of the following advanced strands:

  • Surgical
  • Anaesthetic/ Recovery
  • Paediatric (please note that the paediatric stand is only available in conjunction with AMNCH)

To undertake these strands the applicants must specifically have experience in the chosen strand e.g. paediatric, theatre/ surgical or anaesthetic/ recovery in the past two years. Each student who successfully achieves the academic and clinical requirements in year one will be awarded a P. Grad. Dip. in Specialist Nursing (Perioperative) and students who continue into and successfully complete year two will be awarded a M. Sc. in Specialist Nursing.

This course maintains a very strong emphasis on the practical skills necessary to enable nurses to care for patients in a holistic way. It is of utmost importance that the focus of any new course must be on the acquisition of research-based knowledge which informs practice.

The learning opportunities offered by this course are designed to integrate the many facets of patient management during anaesthetic/recovery and surgical procedures. Through supervised clinical practice and appropriate academic input, the student develops responsibility for holistic patient care and personal accountability.

Year 1 Modules



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 6.5 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

Ms Frances Ryan, T: +353 1 8963925
Lecturer and Educational Facilitator
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Trinity College Dublin
D'Olier Street, Dublin 2

Mary Bell, T: (01) 4284891
Educational Facilitator
Centre for Nurse Education
St James's Hospital
Dublin 8

Leanne O’Hora, T: +353 1 41033693
Clinical Facilitator
Operating Department
St. James's Hospital, Dublin 8

Emma Heffernan, T: +353 1 4143813
Clinical Facilitator
Theatre Department
Tallaght, Dublin 24

Claire McGuire, T: +353 1 414 3813
Clinical Facilitator
Theatre Department
Tallaght, Dublin 24

Clodagh Mcloughlin, T: +353 1 4142851
Clinical Facilitator
Theatre Department
Tallaght, Dublin 24

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

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