2018/2019

DN - Doctor of Nursing

NFQ Level 10, Major Award

The Doctor of Nursing degree is a full-time programme running for 36 months from the date of first registration for the programme. Students may apply to transfer their registration to part-time status in Year 3 of the programme, such students must complete the programme within 48 months of registration for the programme.

All candidates will be interviewed. In addition, applicants will be expected to present a written reflective commentary on their professional experience and provide an outline proposal for a research idea. Candidates must also:

Candidates who meet these requirements will be shortlisted for interview. Individual interviews with a School of Nursing and Midwifery Senior Lecturer or Professor will be scheduled after admission materials have been submitted.

Students take 270 credits as follows:

Year 1
Students select 60 credits from the following:

NU7014 Advanced Nursing Theory (20 credits)
NU7015 Health Systems, Policy and Regulations (20 credits)
NU7016 Leadership and Collaboration (20 credits)
NU7017 Healthcare Informatics (20 credits)
NU7018 Advanced Research Quantitative Methods (20 credits)
NU7019 Advanced Research Qualitative Methods (20 credits)

Students undertake work on the thesis with a notional workload to the equivalence of 30 credits (i.e. 600-900 hours). Typically at this stage of the thesis the student will conduct a literature review or other relevant research to scope the nature of the research proposal. The candidate's research and thesis preparation must be carried out under the supervision of a doctorally prepared staff member or adjunct professor from the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Year 2
Students take a further 60 credits, taking the modules they did not select in Year 1:

NU7014 Advanced Nursing Theory (20 credits)
NU7015 Health Systems, Policy and Regulations (20 credits)
NU7016 Leadership and Collaboration (20 credits)
NU7017 Healthcare Informatics (20 credits)
NU7018 Advanced Research Quantitative Methods (20 credits)
NU7019 Advanced Research Qualitative Methods (20 credits)

Students undertake work on the thesis with a notional workload to the equivalence of 30 credits (i.e. 600-900 hours). Typically at this stage of the thesis the student will be developing their research methodology, seeking ethical approval if required, and commencing more detailed research and writing.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Year 3
Students undertake work on the thesis with a notional workload to the equivalence of 90 credits (i.e. 1800-2700 hours). Typically at this stage of the thesis the student will be completing their research and writing up their thesis for presentation for examination by viva voce. The thesis shall comprise 40-50,000 words. Students may register as either full-time (complete over 1 year) or part-time (complete over 2 years).


Examinations
Full details of regulations governing Examinations for each programme are contained in the Marks and Standards 2019 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2018/2019.

Programme Learning Outcomes for DN (Doctor of Nursing) (NFQ Level 10, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:


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