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Masters in Science in Nursing

Key Facts

Course Code: DPTNM-NURS-1F09 (F/T)

Course Code: DPTNM-NURS-1P09 (P/T)

Duration:1 year FT or 2 years PT

Next Intake: September annually

Closing date for applications: 30th June

Location: 24 D'Olier Street

International Students: Nursing

Fees: Further information on course fees can be found at Academic Registry.


This course will enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to care for patients to the highest professional standards across the healthcare continuum. The modules offered are grounded in a body of evidence-based knowledge that promotes excellence in nursing practice.

Structure & Delivery

Year One

Commences with a full week in September and thereafter one or two days per week for the remainder of the academic year (depending on whether the course is being undertaken full-time or part-time).

Year Two

Attendance at workshops throughout the academic year

A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content which includes lectures, group discussions and self-directed learning. The assessment process is a combination of written and practical assignments.

Course Content

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing
Year One

Master in Science in Nursing
Year One

Year Two

Entry Requirement

The criteria for admission are that the candidate must

  • Current registration as a nurse on the live register of the country in which residency is held
  • Hold an honours degree in nursing or a related discipline or equivalent professional and academic qualification
  • Otherwise satisfy the course committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course
  • Each applicant for the full-time taught M.Sc. course is required to submit a brief research plan as part of the application process. Please click on link to download the guidelines.

Documentation required to complete application

  • 1 academic and 1 professional reference from the employer or work practice area. Each reference should confirm the potential and suitability of the applicant to undertake the course
  • Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
  • Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses

Flexibility in Progression from P.Grad.Cert. and P.Grad.Dip. to M.Sc.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery are pleased to offer flexibility in pathways for progression from P.Grad. Dip. level to M.Sc. level within its M.Sc. programmes.  The following is a summary of the pathways for such re-entry:

On successful completion of all  modules of Year One (60 ECTS credits), students may proceed immediately to year two in the next academic year to complete the M.Sc. programme.

On successful completion of all  modules of Year One (60 ECTS credits), students may exit the programme without any award (deferring the award), but may apply to return to complete the M.Sc. programme within four years.


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


Minimum Level Required

IELTS Grade 6.5
TOEFL 230 computer-based 570 paper-based 88 internet-based
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C
Pearson Test of English PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59)

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.