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Course overview

With over one thousand undergraduate nursing students in Trinity, you will become part of a vibrant student community. You will have the opportunity to meet and mix with students from all nursing disciplines as you study core modules together. You will also form cohesive bonds within your own discipline as you begin to specialise within your chosen area of nursing. Nursing students are taught predominantly in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at 24 D'Olier St, which is a wonderful old building in the heart of the capital. The School is a great place to learn and interact with classmates and with its close proximity to Trinity's main campus, nursing students are never far from the centre of student life.

This four-year nursing programme is offered in partnership with health service providers. Students remain with the same health service provider for the duration of their programme and become an integral part of the hospital. Trinity’s linked health service providers are:

  • Tallaght Hospital
  • St. James’s Hospital

Is this the right course for you?

A genuine interest in people and a desire to care for others are core requirements for any individual who wishes to become a nurse. In addition you will need to have a keen interest in healthcare and be capable of working as part of a team.

Like all professional courses in health sciences, nursing places extra demands on students’ time. It can be demanding, both physically and emotionally and so you should ensure that you are in a position to fully engage with the course during your time in College.

Course content

This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values necessary to provide high-quality, competent and caring practice in your chosen discipline of nursing. There are two components to the nursing degree course – a theoretical component and a clinical component.

Theoretical component

The majority of the theoretical component of the course will be taught in the Trinity School of Nursing and Midwifery building, which is located on D'Olier Street, minutes from the main campus. Classes are also held on other sites including the main Trinity campus and in the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences in St. James's Hospital. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, practical classes, clinical skills laboratories, group teaching, web-based learning and reflective workshops.

For the theoretical component, students will undertake modules of study that are shared with all nursing disciplines and modules that are discipline-specific. The subjects of study are Nursing, Biological sciences, Psychology and Sociology, with the emphasis being on Nursing (see the table below for module titles). In years one and two students will concentrate on nursing, biological, behavioural and social sciences. In years three, four and five (where applicable), students will develop and enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes for professional nursing practice.

Clinical component

For the clinical component you will be linked with one of the health service providers and will also have clinical placements in a variety of clinical settings. For General, Mental health and Intellectual disability disciplines, this will consist of 48 weeks taking place in blocks ranging from 4 to 14 weeks in each year of the programme. During the fourth year of the programme you will undertake a 36-week roster of continuous placement. The rostered placement spans the fourth and fifth years of the course.

As the course progresses, you will undertake a number of different clinical placements in your chosen discipline.

The School also participates in the Erasmus exchange programme where some students, in their third year, may be able to undertake placements in another European country.

General nursing

General nursing involves caring for and meeting the needs of adults and their carers/families in a variety of hospital and community clinical settings. As key members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team and in partnership with patients, general nurses provide for the physical, psychological and social wellbeing of persons with acute or chronic physical illness. They are required to be motivated, knowledgeable, accountable and responsible, and possess excellent clinical and interpersonal skills. General nurses also have an important part to play in health education, health promotion and rehabilitation of persons across the age spectrum.

  • Medical nursing - general/specialist (including day care, outpatients, coronary care, high dependency units)
  • Surgical nursing - general/specialist (including day care, outpatients, coronary care, high dependency units)
  • Accident and Emergency and outpatients
  • Children's nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Care of the older person
  • Home nursing/community (including primary health care, voluntary and statutory agencies, intellectual disability)
  • Operating theatre
  • Maternity care

Which health service provider will you train with?

When you accept an offer to one of the nursing disciplines you will receive orientation information from Trinity. This information contains a form asking you to indicate which health service provider you would prefer to be linked with. Requests are dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. Where possible you will be assigned your first choice; however, if the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available you will be assigned your second choice. A reserve list is held and if a vacancy arises it may be possible to transfer to your first choice. Most students are allocated their first choice of health service provider.

Modules of study

For a full list of modules please see our website:


A combination of examinations, essays, clinical projects, clinical skills, laboratory techniques, literature reviews (review of past and current literature relating to the subject matter), reflective practice (thinking about an experience and reflecting on its meaning) and clinical assessments is used.

Career opportunities

As a graduate you will be eligible to apply to have your name entered in the relevant division(s) of the Register of Nurses maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and work as a nursing professional in your chosen discipline. The Children's and general nursing programme combines the general programme and integrates a children's programme which results in a programme which spans the seven ages of man and allows for registration as both a children's and a general nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

In spite of the economic climate there are many nursing vacancies in both public and private healthcare institutions in Ireland and worldwide. A degree from Ireland’s top School of Nursing and Midwifery will of course assist you in finding the right job in your chosen career. You will also be qualified to continue your education and to further specialise should you wish to do so. The Trinity School of Nursing offers a wide range of postgraduate courses for furthering your studies. Nurses also take up careers in industry, particularly in the marketing of healthcare products.

Further information


Tel: +353 1 896 2692

Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate O/HD3 Mathematics
O/HD3 In one of biology, physics, chemistry, physics/chemistry or agricultural science
GCSEGrade C Mathematics
Grade C In one of biology, physics or chemistry
Other EU examination systemsSee
Screening (including a medical) and vaccination will be organised by the health service provider responsible for the practice area where you will be on placement. See Precautions against Infectious Diseases .
GARDA VETTING:Students will be required to undergo Garda vetting.
See Garda vetting for further details.