Nursing (M.Sc.)

1 year full-time / 2 years part-time


Course Overview

This course will enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to care for patients to the highest professional standards across the healthcare continuum. The modules offered are grounded in a body of evidence-based knowledge that promotes excellence in nursing practice.

The MSc Nursing programme does not lead to registration as a Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

Take the opportunity to study at the School of Nursing & Midwifery, which is ranked 42nd in the World in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2022, and where your world-class education will be matched with an unrivalled student experience.

Is This Course For Me?

This course is open to registered nurses looking to advance their careers and pursue specialised roles in clinical practices, administration and education. This M.Sc. programme is also particularly suitable for graduates who wish to pursue leadership or teaching positions.

Career Opportunities

The M.Sc. in Nursing provides a pathway to career advancement and into management. Graduates often pursue careers in healthcare consulting, research and specialist nursing, including positions as advanced nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nurse administrator, nurse consultant, nurse educator, and research nurse.

Course Content

The following modules are mandatory and make up the taught components of the course:

- Advancing the Theoretical Foundations for Nursing

- Theory and Practice of Research Methods for Healthcare

- Ethics and Law in Healthcare

- Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance

- Facilitating Learning in the Practice Environment

- Advancing the Professional Role

In addition, students will undertake a dissertation project in Year Two.

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Course Structure

Students take modules totalling 90 ECTS, which consist of 60 ECTS taught modules and a 30 ECTS dissertation in Year Two.

Year One commences with a full week in September and thereafter one or two days per week for the remainder of the academic year (depending on whether the course is being undertaken full-time or part-time). Year Two includes attendance at workshops throughout the academic year. A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content which includes lectures, group discussions and self-directed learning. The assessment process is a combination of written and practical assignments.


Study Nursing (M.Sc.) at Trinity

Programme Overview and application requirements

Course Details

Next Intake

September 2023

Course Coordinator

Dr Mary Mooney

Closing Date

30th June 2023

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Admission Requirements

- Registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or, in the case of international applicants, be registered as a professional nurse who is entitled to practice as a qualified or registered nurse in their own country.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTION FOR NON-EU STUDENTS ONLY: When asked to submit ABA PIN please insert ‘0000’ to bypass this question. For all other applicants you must enter your current NMBI PIN number.
- An honours degree in nursing or a related discipline or equivalent professional and academic qualification, or otherwise satisfy the course committee that you have the ability to complete and benefit from the course.
Documentation required to complete your application:
- Contact details of 2 academic referees
- Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
- Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses
English language qualifications:
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 should be TOEFL IBT
- University of Cambridge: Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2) OR 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.

Course Fees

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