Nursing (M.Sc.)

NFQ Level 9
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time


Course Overview

Applications now closed for 2024/2025 as the course is at maximum capacity

The M.Sc. in Nursing will enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to care for patients to the highest professional standards across the healthcare continuum. This course will provide students with a solid academic base to understand the development of nursing practice. In applying their learning, candidates are expected to provide quality nursing care and promote excellence in the practice setting. The modules offered are grounded in a body of evidence-based knowledge that promotes excellence in nursing practice.

The M.Sc. 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 41st in the World in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2023, 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 practice, administration or education. This programme is also suitable for graduates who wish to pursue leadership or management positions.

Career Opportunities

The M.Sc. in Nursing provides a pathway to career advancement. Graduates often pursue careers in healthcare consulting, research, and specialist nursing. This includes positions in advanced practice, clinical nurse specialist roles, administration, nurse consultant, nurse educator, and research nurse.

Course Structure

Students take modules totalling 90 ECTS, which consist of 60 ECTS in 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 classes 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/online learning. The assessment process is a combination of written and practical assignments.

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; and Advancing the Professional Role.

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

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Introduction to the postgraduate Nursing (M.Sc.) programme at Trinity College Dublin.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Coordinator

Dr. Margaret Dunlea

Closing Date

28th June 2024

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Admission Requirements

Places on this course are limited and offers are based on a first come basis. Offers which are made are based on suitably qualified applicants providing all the required documentation. All conditions must be met before an offer can be made.
Applicants must hold at least an upper second-class (2.1) Honours undergraduate degree in nursing or a related discipline or equivalent professional and academic qualification.

They must also hold current registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, or, in the case of international applicants (for theory-only learning strands), be registered as a professional nurse in their own country.

All applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the English language must meet Trinity’s English language requirements. English language proficiency requirements must be met before an offer can be made.  Find out more:

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting, you can learn more at:

Course Fees

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