2019/2020

MSc / Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing

NFQ Level 9, Major Award

The MSc in Nursing programme comprising of 11 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, 7, 8, 9, 10 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 11 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: Emergency Nursing
Pathway 2: Intensive Care Nursing
Pathway 3: Gerontological Nursing
Pathway 4: Peri-operative Nursing (not on offer in 2019/20)
Pathway 5: Recovery-focused Mental Health Nursing
Pathway 6: Neonatology Nursing
Pathway 7: Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Disabilities (not on offer in 2019/20)
Pathway 8: Medical and Surgical Nursing
Pathway 9: Nursing in the Community (not on offer in 2018/19)
Pathway 10: Orthopaedic Nursing (not on offer in 2019/20)
Pathway 11: Oncology Nursing

Applicants for the MSc in Nursing, including Postgraduate Diploma exit route, should normally:

(a) hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or be eligible for such registration as required for individual pathways:

(b) have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways:

Note: For Pathways 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 prospective students who do not fulfil the clinical practice experience entry requirements may be eligible to apply for registration to the relevant pathway in the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing programme (30 credits).

(c) applicants must provide written evidence of support from their Director of Nursing/equivalent authorised Nurse Manager.

NOTE: In exceptional circumstances applicants who do not fulfil the entry requirements may be recommended for entry to the programme following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the programme committee. Such applicants may be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Garda Vetting
Students, or applicants in receipt of an offer, on this programme will be subject to Garda Vetting as relevant. Students will be prohibited from engaging in a relevant work placement unless the vetting process has been cleared. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Recognition of Prior Learning:
Candidates who successfully complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing in any one of the available pathways may apply for a transfer into the relevant clinical pathway of the MSc/PG Diploma in Nursing. On transfer, exemptions for modules to the value of 30 credits already completed on the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing and which are part of the relevant clinical pathway on the MSc/PG Diploma exit will be given. Following transfer, candidates will have the option of exiting with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing following completion of the remaining 30 credits in the relevant pathway. A candidate who 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.

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: Emergency Nursing

Theory modules
NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6027 Trauma Nursing (10 credits)
NU6028 Medical and Special Population Emergency Nursing (10 Credits)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 9)
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 5 and 9)
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 Research Methods (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6031 Intensive Care Nursing (10 credits)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 9)
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 5 and 9)
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 Research Methods (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 9)
NU6078 Ageing and Older People: Bio Psychosocial Perspectives (10 credits)
NU6079 Contemporary Issues in Gerontological Nursing (5 credits)
NU6117 Contemporary Approaches to Dementia Across the Continuum of Care (10 credits)

Elective Theory modules
EITHER
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 5 and 9)
OR
NU6166 Health Assessment and Older People (5 credits) AND NU6168 Quality Improvement in Older People's Services (5 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) and transfer into the MSc Programme must take theory modules to the value of 25 credits from above (NU6005, NU6053, NU6078) and one Clinical Practice/Practicum module to the value of 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 4: Peri-operative Nursing (not on offer in 2019/20)

Theory modules
NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits) (A shared module across all pathways)
NU6038 Perioperative Nursing I (15 credits)
NU6039 Perioperative Nursing II (5 credits)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 9)
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 5 and 9)
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 5: Recovery-focused Mental Health Nursing

Theory modules
NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits) (A shared module across all pathways)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 9)
NU6080 Practice Development in Specialist Mental Health Nursing (10 credits)
NU6081 Principles and Practice of Recovery (Working in Partnership with the Person) (15 credits)
NU6082 Principles and Practice of Recovery (Working in Partnership with Families) (5 credits)
NU6083 Critical Issues in Mental Health Care (5 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 Research Methods (10 credits) (A shared module across all pathways)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 9)
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 5 and 9)
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 7: Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Disabilities (not on offer in 2019/20)

Theory modules
NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits) (A shared module across all pathways)
NU6052 Person Centred Health Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities (10 credits)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 9)
NU6132 Communication Strategies for People with an Intellectual Disability (10 credits)
NU6133 Mental Health Need of People with an Intellectual Disability (5 credits)
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 5 and 9)

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 (Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Disabilities) and transfer into the MSc Programme must take theory modules to the value of 25 credits from above (NU6005, NU6053, and NU6058) and one Clinical Practice/Practicum module to the value of 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 Research Methods (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 9)
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) (shared module across all pathways except 5 and 9)
NU6125 Professional Practice Issues for Nurses and Midwives (10 credits)
NU6085 Wound Care for Healthcare Professionals (5 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) wishing to transfer into the MSc Programme must take theory modules to the value of 25 credits from above (NU6005, NU6053, and NU6070) and one Clinical Practice/Practicum module to the value of 5 credits - NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits) or NU6131 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credits)

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

Pathway 9: Nursing in the Community (not on offer in 2018/19)

Theory modules
NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits) (A shared module across all pathways)
NU6043 Adults and Older People in the Community (5 credits)
NU6044 Health and Health Promotion: Concepts and Principles (5 credits)
NU6095 Primary Health Care Services in the Community (5 credits)
NU6096 Nursing in the Community in Primary Health Care 1 (10 credits)
NU6097 Nursing in the Community in Primary Health Care 2 (10 credits)
SS6016 Health and Personal Social Services (5 credits)

Clinical Practice/Practicum module
NU6098 Nursing in the Community Clinical Practicum (10 credits)

Note: Students who have successfully completed 30 credits from the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (Nursing in the Community) and transfer into the MSc Programme must take theory modules to the value of 20 credits from above (NU6005, NU6097) and one Clinical Practice/Practicum module to the value of 10 credits - NU6098 Nursing in the Community Clinical Practicum (10 credits).

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

Pathway 10: Orthopaedic Nursing (not on offer in 2019/20)

Theory modules (blended learning):
NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits)
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits)
NU6127 Orthopaedic Elective Nursing - Adult (10 credits)
NU6128 Orthopaedic Trauma Nursing - Adult (10 credits)
NU6129 Rheumatology Nursing (5 credits)

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

Note: Exemption of 5 credits granted to those who have completed NU5091 Principles of Orthopaedic Nursing (5 credits)

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

Pathway 11: Oncology Nursing

Theory modules (blended learning):
NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits)
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits)
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 and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2019/2020 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2019/2020.

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 (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 (Peri-operative 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 (Recovery-focused Mental Health Nursing) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)

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 (Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Disabilities) (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 (Nursing in the Community) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Orthopaedic 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 these programme pathways, students should be able to:


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