Course Overview

This module aims to consolidate and expand students’ understanding of the research process. A range of research approaches, designs, methods of data collection and analysis will be critically evaluated so that the students gain an appreciation of the variety of methodologies available to study a wide range of health care issues. It will assist students determine the right research design for research questions in practice. This module also provides students with the skills need to source evidence and evaluate and implement evidence in practice.

Advanced Research Skills is a core module on the Postgraduate Diploma Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies).

Please note all stand alone modules run depending on sufficient numbers.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a registered nurse on the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.


  • Be registered on the appropriate allied health professional Register 
    (for those required to register with a professional body)

Be currently employed in healthcare or social care either in: clinical or social care practice/management/ research /education. Some modules may only be undertaken while working in a specific discipline related area such as nursing. This is specified in modules descriptions.

Applicants will normally have gained a primary degree (health science/studies or social science/studies related) level 8 or evidence of equivalent academic credits. Students who do not have the aforementioned will be required to compile a portfolio to provide evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

  • International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall score of 7 in the IELTS Academic Test is required.

Additional Requirements


One Semester (Jan-March)

Next start date

January 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

27th November 2020

NFQ level

Level 9

Mode of study

Blended Learning: this module will consist of lectures; workshops and discussions; group work; presentations and seminars. Students will be allocated a supervisor for group supervision of 6 hours.

ECTS weighting



Stand Alone Module: Advanced Research Skills


Course code

Course Outline

This is a core module on the Postgraduate Diploma Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies).
Attendance Days:

  • Wednesday 6th January 2021 - Induction Day
  • Tuesday 19th January 2021
  • Tuesday 16th February 2021
  • Tuesday 16th March 2021

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

The Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies delivers a number of stand alone modules which address issues of interest to all health and social care professionals. Credits attained can be accumulated over a 2-3-year timeframe and put towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing/ Professional Studies). The modules are delivered in a flexible manner to accommodate the learning requirements of busy healthcare professionals. Alternatively, those who opt not to be assessed in the module receive a certificate of attendance.

Please note all stand alone modules run depending on sufficient numbers.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€800 (2020/2021)

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