Course Overview

The MHSc (Nursing/Professional Studies) is a multidisciplinary, 120 ECT programme, delivered part-time, over one calendar year, commencing in September. It is appropriate for students who have already undertaken a Postgraduate Diploma (health science/studies or social science/studies related) programme at level 9 or equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Students apply for accreditation of prior learning for 60 ECTs for their Postgraduate Diploma qualification and then proceed for a further 60 ECTs at level 9 toward the award of Master of Health Sciences award. 

Students who are nurses and already hold a Postgraduate Diploma in a nursing studies/nursing specialist area (such as: Nursing Studies/Oncology Nursing/ Intensive Care Nursing/ Community Mental Health Nursing), on successful completion of the programme will receive the award of Master of Health Sciences (Nursing Studies). Students who are non-nurses and hold a Postgraduate Diploma in health-related studies, on successful completion of the programme will receive the award of Master of Health Sciences (Professional Studies).

Each student will undertake one module: Research Dissertation Practicum. This module will run over one calendar year commencing in September.  In total the programme will be worth 120 ECTS.

Applications and Selections

Please note this MHSc is not running in 2020-2021.

Applications will be made available for 2021-2022 in due course.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Development of a Research Dissertation (20,000 Words). Students will be provided with individual supervision towards the development of the dissertation.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have gained:

  • A Postgraduate Diploma: for 60 ECTs at Level 9 in health related studies or evidence of equivalent academic credits achieving an overall mark of 60%;
  • Have successfully completed a postgraduate level 9 research module (or equivalent learning) and have achieved an assessment grade of 60% on this module specifically;
  • Be a registered nurse/midwife on the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland;


  • Be registered on another allied healthcare professional register as appropriate;
  • Be currently employed in some aspect of health or social care e.g. care delivery, education, policy development, management, and associated support services.
  • International students will require a score of 6.5 in the IELTS Academic Test. This equates to a score of 570 in TOEFL

Additional Requirements


One year, part-time

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date
NFQ level

Level 9

Mode of study

Blended Learning.

ECTS weighting


Master of Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies)


Course code

Course Outline

The aim of this Research Dissertation Practicum is to support and guide students in the practicalities of undertaking a research study so that their research question is answered in a rigorous succinct manner and that can contribute to the body of knowledge in their chosen subject area. It will provide students with a forum to explore their own and other students approach to the research endeavour and will address through group work and individual supervision the challenges of conducting research at master’s level. Students will be provided with individual supervision towards the development of the dissertation.

Further Education

This programme provides a pathway to PhD level education. 

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Completion of the MHSc (Nursing/Professional Studies) will provide students with a qualification that will support many employment opportunities and promotion within nursing and allied health professional practice, management, education, research, and specialism including a pathway to clinical nurse specialist.

Reasons to Choose the MHSc (Nursing/Professional Studies) at St. Angela's College:

  • Programmes accredited by NUI Galway.
  • Flexible Blended Learning Options.
  • The Nursing Studies strand of this programme is accredited with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
  • Smaller class sizes with strong individual supervision of research work.


Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€3,750 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU


Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility

Find out More

Dympna O’ Connell
Course Co-ordinator
School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies
T: +353 (0)71 9135611