2021/2022

MSc / Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing

NFQ Level 9, Major Award

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure that the programme and module content as described in the University's Calendar and Book of Modules for the 2021-22 academic year are accurate. However, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, no guarantee is given that programme/module content, delivery and assessment may not be altered, cancelled, replaced, augmented or otherwise amended. Any changes will ensure the same competencies and Learning Outcomes are met. Programme and/or Module Coordinators will communicate any such changes to students.

The MSc in Nursing programme comprising of 7 clinical pathways is structured into 2 parts and will typically be completed over 2 years from the date of first registration for the programme (i.e. 60 credits in Part 1 and 30 credits in Part 2).

All students will be registered for a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing in their First Year and will be registered for a MSc in Second Year. Students who opt to exit at the end of the first year will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing upon successful completion and passing modules to the value of 60 credits (applicable to all pathways - see below).

A student who subsequently wishes to continue progression for the degree of Master must complete the programme within 5 academic years from the date of successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma Examinations, subject to the programme being available.

Note: Recognition of prior learning: Applicants who already have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing programme to the value to 30 credits will be granted exemptions for these modules in the relevant MSc/Postgraduate Diploma exit pathway (applicable to pathways 3, 8, and 11). For Pathway 2, applicants who have already completed NU5098 National Foundation Module in Critical Care Nursing or equivalent to the value of 10 credits may be eligible for an exemption for NU6171.

PROGRAMME PATHWAYS
There are 7 clinical pathways to the degree of Masters in Nursing, all of which have an exit route available for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing. The pathways to degree of Masters including Postgraduate Diploma exit route are as follows:

Pathway 1: Trauma and Emergency Nursing
Pathway 2: Intensive Care Nursing
Pathway 3: Gerontological Nursing
Pathway 5: Specialist Mental Health Nursing Practice
Pathway 6: Neonatology Nursing
Pathway 8: Medical and Surgical Nursing
Pathway 11: Oncology Nursing

Pathways 4, 7, 9 and 10 have been discontinued.

For the MSc in Nursing, students choose one of the available pathways and complete modules to the value of 90 credits in total comprising 60 credits in Part 1 (typically over one year) (and may opt to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma award) and 30 credits in Part 2 (typically over 2nd year of programmes).

NOTE: For students who complete the programme without opting to take an exit route award, the Academic Transcript of Examination Results will state the cumulative nature of the award as relevant to pathway speciality.

PART 1
Part 1, typically completed in the first year of each programme pathway consists of theory modules to the value of 50 credits and a clinical practicum/practice module to the value of 10 credits. These modules (both shared and pathway specific) are listed below.


Pathway 1: Trauma and Emergency Nursing

Theory modules
NU6005 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6027 Trauma Nursing (10 credits)
NU6028 Medical and Special Population Emergency Nursing (10 Credits)
NU6053 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Decision-making in Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6070 Clinical Leadership in Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 5)
NU6126 Physical Assessment for Nursing Practice (5 credits)

Clinical Practice/Practicum modules
NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)
NU6131 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credits)

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

Pathway 2: Intensive Care Nursing

Theory modules
NU6005 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6031 Intensive Care Nursing (10 credits)
NU6053 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Decision-making in Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6070 Clinical Leadership in Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 5)
NU6165 Health Assessment of the Critically Ill Patient (5 credits)
NU6171 Principles in Critical Care Nursing (10 credits)

Clinical Practice/Practicum modules
NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)
NU6131 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credits)

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

Pathway 3: Gerontological Nursing

Core Theory modules (blended learning)
NU6005 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6053 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Decision-making in Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6070 Clinical Leadership in Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 5)
NU6078 Ageing and Older People: Comprehensive Assessment and Management (10 credits)
NU6079 Promoting Positive Ageing and Planning for End of Life (5 credits)
NU6117 Contemporary Approaches to Neurological, Cognitive and Mental Health in Later Life (10 credits)

Clinical Practice/Practicum modules
NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)
NU6131 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credits)

Note: Students who have successfully completed 30 credits from the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (Gerontological Nursing) and transfer into the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Programme must take theory modules to the value of 25 credits from above (NU6070, NU6079, NU6117) and one Clinical Practice/Practicum module to the value of 5 credits (NU6131).

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

Pathway 5: Specialist Mental Health Nursing Practice

Theory modules
NU6005 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6053 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Decision-making in Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6080 Leadership, Management & Practice Development in Specialist Mental Health Nursing Practice (10 credits)
NU6172 Therapeutic Engagement, Advanced Assessment Skills & Clinical Decision Making in Specialist Mental Health Nursing Practice (15 credits)
NU6173 Psychosocial and Recovery-focused Interventions in Specialist Mental Health Nursing Practice (10 credits)

Clinical Practice/Practicum modules
NU6148 Clinical Practice in Specialist Mental Health Nursing I (5 credits)
NU6149 Clinical Practice in Specialist Mental Health Nursing II (5 credits)

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

Pathway 6: Neonatology Nursing

Theory modules
NU6005 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6053 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Decision-making in Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6070 Clinical Leadership in Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 5)
NU6150 Nursing Management of Neonates (10 credits)
NU6159 High Dependency in Neonatal Nursing (15 credits)

Clinical Practice/Practicum modules
NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)
NU6131 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credits)

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

Pathway 8: Medical and Surgical Nursing

Theory modules
NU6005 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6053 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Decision-making in Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6070 Clinical Leadership in Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 5)
NU6085 Wound Care for Healthcare Professionals (5 credits)
NU6125 Professional Practice Issues for Nurses and Midwives (10 credits)
NU6152 Medical and Surgical Nursing of Individuals with Cardiorespiratory Problems (10 credits)

Clinical Practice/Practicum modules
NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)
NU6131 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credits)

Note: Students who have successfully completed 30 credits from the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (Medical and Surgical Nursing) and transfer into the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Programme must take theory modules to the value of 25 credits from above (NU6070, NU6085, and NU6152) and one Clinical Practice/Practicum module to the value of 5 credits (NU6131).

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

Pathway 11: Oncology Nursing

Theory modules (blended learning):
NU6005 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6053 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Decision-making in Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6070 Clinical Leadership in Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 5)
NU6145 Foundations of Cancer Care (10 credits)
NU6146 Cancer Management and Supportive Cancer Care 1 (10 credits)
NU6147 Cancer Management and Supportive Cancer Care 2 (5 credits)

Clinical Practice/Practicum modules
NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)
NU6131 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credits)

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

PART 2
In order to progress to Part 2 students must pass modules to the value of 60 credits in Part 1.

MH6014 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)
NU6073 Dissertation in Nursing (20 credits)

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

Examinations
Full details of regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2021/2022 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2021/2022.

Programme Learning Outcomes for MSc in Nursing (all pathways) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes specific to the Postgraduate Diploma exit award pathways are as follows:

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Trauma and Emergency Nursing) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Intensive Care Nursing) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Gerontological Nursing) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Specialist Mental Health Nursing Practice) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Neonatology Nursing) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Medical and Surgical Nursing) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Oncology Nursing) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:


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