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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. The MSc Nursing programme does not lead to registration as a Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

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

  • 2 Academic references
  • 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 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 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.