Course Overview

The aim of this programme is to facilitate health and social care professionals to develop and augment their knowledge and skills in a manner conducive to the development of their professional practice. The Master of Health Sciences / Postgraduate Diploma (Nursing/Professional Studies) reflects many of the issues driving change in health and social care delivery in health and social care delivery and will challenge the participants to reflect on their own and their work setting’s capacity to respond to such a shift. The multi-disciplinary nature of the programme is mirroring the current and desired approach to healthcare delivery.

On successful completion of the programme and depending on the stage that the student choses to exit the programme, students who are registered nurses will be awarded the Master of Health Sciences/Postgraduate Diploma (Nursing Studies) and students who are allied health and social care professionals, will be awarded the Master of Health Sciences/Postgraduate Diploma (Professional Studies).

Applications and Selections

Applicants for this programme apply for the first four modules on a standalone module basis and are not yet registered to the full programme. On successful completion of four standalone modules, the student can indicate to the Course Coordinator, their intention to continue for the Postgraduate Diploma award and in doing so, are then registered to the full Postgraduate Diploma phase of the programme.‌

MHSc - PG Diploma (Nursing/Professional Studies) 1st Module Application Form

MHSc - PG Diploma (Nursing/Professional Studies) 2nd Module Application Form

Applications close on 28th May 2021. 
Late applicants may be considered.

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*

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 post-graduate 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.
*For those required to register with a professional body

Additional Requirements


2-3 years to complete PG Diploma.
1 year to complete MHSc.

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

28th May 2021 (Late applicants may be considered)

NFQ level

Level 9

Mode of study

ECTS weighting


Master of Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies)


Course code

Course Outline

The Postgraduate Diploma phase provides a flexible format allowing students to choose from a suite of modules that are relevant to their own clinical and professional practice development. A total of six modules; 2 core (Advanced Research Skills and Healthcare Ethics) and 4 optional, can be completed over a 2-3-year period. A large proportion of the modules are delivered in a blended learning/e-learning format; hence requiring limited college attendance.

On successful completion of six modules students can then chose two options.
Option One:   Exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences award.
Option Two:   Continue their studies for one further academic year (Sepptember to May), bypassing the Postgraduate Diploma (Nursing/ Professional Studies) award, and continuing to complete a 30 ECTS research dissertation module for the award of Master of Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies).

Note: Students who elect to continue on to complete the Master’s programme, will at the end of their studies hold a Master of Health Sciences qualification (not both a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master of Health Sciences award). Applicants who are registered nurses will be eligible for the Nursing Studies award and applicants who are registered allied health or social care professionals will be eligible for the Professional Studies award. 

Many of our standalone modules are delivered through blended learning/e-learning allowing you the option of studying at your own pace in your own home.

Standalone Modules include:

Module Dates 2021-2022

Semester 1 Online Induction: 14th -17th September 2021

Induction sessions will be delivered online and recorded allowing flexibility in attendance.

Module Module Fee Dates Module Leader
Fundamentals of Coaching
and Healthy Lifestyle Relationship
€850 Not running in 2021-2022 Dr Helen McGloin
Historical Perspectives in Disability €850 Module Introduction:
18th September 2021

Weekly online classes

Seminar Day:
6th November 2021

Susan Carton
Principles of Healthcare Leadership €850 20th September 2021
4th October 2021
18th October 2021
8th November 2021
Linda Devaney
Behaviours that Challenge €900 Online work/reading starts:
4th October 2021

Seminar Day:
9th October 2021
Carmel Jennings
Therapeutic Communication €850 19th October 2021
2nd November 2021
16th November 2021 
Tom O'Grady
Quality and Healthcare Management €850 30th September 2021
14th October 2021
4th November 2021
25th November 2021 
Linda Devaney

Semester 2 Online Induction: 4th - 7th January 2022

Induction sessions will be delivered online and recorded allowing flexibility in attendance.

Module Module Fee Dates Module Leader
Eating Disorders in Adolescents and 
€850 13th January 2022
27th January 2022
3rd February 2022
Tom O'Grady
Assessing and Managing Individuals
Following Deliberate Self-harm
€850 14th January 2022
28th January 2022
4th February 2022
Tom O'Grady
Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural
€850 11th January 2022
25th January 2022
1st February 2022
Tom O'Grady
Early Interventions for People
Who Experience First Episode Psychosis
€850 12th January 2022
26th January 2022
2nd February 2022
Tom O'Grady
Advanced Research Skills €850 18th January 2022
15th February 2022
15th March 2022
Dympna O'Connell
Autism Spectrum Disorder €900 Online work/reading starts:
31st January 2022

Seminar Day:
12th February 2022
Tara McGowan
Healthcare Ethics                                         €850 26th January 2022
9th February 2022
2nd March 2022
23rd March 2022
Evelyn McManus



Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Students are empowered in their professional practice to respond proactively to change and become key drivers in practice development. This Master’s/Postgraduate Diploma programme will support employment and promotional opportunities within nursing and health and social care practice, management and education.

Why Choose the Master of Health Sciences/Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies)?

  • Flexible Blended Learning Options.
  • Studying at your own pace in your own home.
  • Professional Development Courses that help advance your career
  • Funding available for certain courses through Nursing Funding Bodies

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€850-900 per module

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU


Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility

Find out More

Karolina Oracz
Postgraduate Administrator
T:   +353 (0)71 9135612 (ext. 612)

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