Clinical Health Sciences Education (M.Sc. / P.Grad.Dip.)

2 years part-time


The MSc/PG Dip in CHSE offers suitably qualified health care practitioners an opportunity to develop their skills in teaching, assessment, curriculum design, development, evaluation and research. The student teachers on this course learn these skills in both stimulated and professional practice contexts which are underpinned by the philosophy of interdisciplinary learning. This results in teachers who are thoughtful, critical and more importantly prepared for the challenges of teaching within higher education. Students are required to maintain a portfolio throughout the course and are required to complete 100 hours of teaching practice (80 hours classroom teaching and 20 hours clinical teaching).

The programme takes place over two years on a part-time basis. A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content, including lectures, group discussion, Blackboard and self-directed learning. The assessment process used is a combination of written and practical assignments. In year one, students develop their knowledge and skills in health sciences education while year two concentrates on research and the completion of dissertation.

Career Opportunities 

Graduates from this programme have pursued careers in the health sector that involve teaching, assessment, curriculum design and research. They have advanced their career prospects both in terms of promotion eligibility and post-graduate training, as well as open the doors to further academic research.

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Study Clinical Health Sciences Education (M.Sc.) at Trinity

Overview of Programme and application requirements

Course Details

Next Intake

September 2023

Course Director

Dr Mary Mooney

Closing Date

30th June 2023

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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement for interdisciplinary healthcare applicants

Registration as a health services professional with the appropriate body and working in a relevant area and
an honours degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent professional and academic qualifications and
a minimum of three years full-time recent clinical experience practice or equivalent since registration. This experience must be where learners are undertaking placements.
Entry Requirement for nursing and midwifery applicants

Active registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and
an honours degree in Nursing or Midwifery
have a minimum of three years full-time recent clinical nursing practice or equivalent since registration. This experiencemust be where student nurses or midwives are undertaking placements.
It is the student's responsibility to secure all teaching hours prior to commencing the course (80 Classroom teaching hours and 20 Clinical teaching hours).  Applicants are required to confirm their teaching arrangements in writing with their application.

Students who already hold a M.Sc. may opt to take the educational modules only in year one and be awarded a P.Grad. Dip. in CHSE.  Successful completion of the M.Sc. CHSE will allow nursing and midwifery students to apply for registration as a nurse tutor with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.  Nursing and midwifery students who wish to be eligible to apply for registration as a nurse tutor with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland must complete an additional module (NU7004 or NU7203) as well as the other education and research modules.  Nursing and midwifery students who already hold a masters degree and who wish to be eligible to apply for registration as a RNT may be required to take an additional module (NU7004 or NU7203) if their masters degree is in a discipline other than nursing/midwifery

Documentation required to complete application

Contact details of 2 academic  referees
Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses
Written confirmation of teaching arrangements.
All applicants to the School of Nursing and Midwifery whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:
•    IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall with a minimum of grade of 6.5 in each category
•    TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based. The test taken here should be TOEFL IBT
•    University of Cambridge:
                                        Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
                                        Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
•    Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
•    Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020
•    An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-sessional Pathway Programme

Please also note that existing IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and PET scores up to three years old (rather than two) will be accepted for 2020/21 applications in light of test centre closures.

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting, see for further details.



Course Fees

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