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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:

  • Stewart’s, Palmerstown
  • Muiriosa, Moore Abbey

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.

Intellectual disability nursing

The intellectual disability nurse provides therapeutic interventions, practical support, and nursing care for persons with an intellectual disability of all ages and abilities. The intellectual disability nurse may work with persons with an intellectual disability in a diversity of roles, from intensive physical nursing of individuals with a profound disability, to facilitative guidance in assisting children, adolescents and adults to live lives of the highest quality in the community.

  • Education and development of the child – including a balance of caring and developmental experiences across a variety of generic and specialist settings
  • Education and development of the adult – e.g. training, work, activation and living areas
  • Disorders of human behaviour – specialising in the care of persons with disorders of human behaviour, including those with intellectual disability
  • Acute nursing – specialising in the care of persons with acute nursing needs, including those with intellectual disability who have physical disability/illness
  • Specialist areas – e.g. physiotherapy, communication, speech and language, and physical education
  • Management

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.

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

Note for mature applicants:Applications must be received by the CAO by 1 February of the proposed year of entry. You are not required to submit a Mature Student Supplementary Application form to Trinity College. However, you will be invited to attend a written assessment by the Nursing Careers Centre.
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.