About This Course
Nursing - Neonatology Nursing
2 Years - PG Diploma (Year 1); Masters (Year 2)
PG Dip / MSc
EU Fees 2021
€7,630 (PG Diploma, Year 1); €2,630 (Masters, Year 2)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2021
€15,000 (PG Diploma, Year 1); €5,000 (Masters, Year 2)
See Requirements for full details.
Closed for applications for admission 2021/22
2 September 2021
This is a pathway of the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing designed to meet the needs of nurses working in neonatal care who wish to undergo a specialist programme. The programme facilitates students to become more knowledeable and skilled in neonatal nursing including developing skills in implementing evidence-based practice in neonatal care.
The programme consists of taught modules in neonatal nursing, practice modules to obtain competencies in neonatal care and shared moduels in research, ethics and practice enhancement with nurses undertaking other specialist programmes. The shared modules are offered using blended learning (part online and part attendance at workshops/tutorials).
The programme is delivered over one academic year and on successful completion of the postgraduate diploma, students can progress to the MSc in Nursing.
- NU6005 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals(10 credits)*
- NU6053 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Decision-making in Specialist Practice(5 credits)*
- NU6070 Clinical Leadership in Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits)*
- 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)
*These modules are offered using Blended Learning which are delivered mainly online with attendance at workshops to support student learning. Each module will have its own study guide and content available online.
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)
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
Assessment includes assignments, presentations, end of year exams, on-line activities and competency assessment of clinical practice.
Who teaches this course
Lecturers in UCC and neonatal services in Cork University Maternity Hospital.
Why Choose This Course
The programme is deliver in partnership with neonatal services in Cork University Maternity Hospital, much of this content will be delivered in CUMH by experts in neonatal care.
Skills and Careers Information
On completion of the postgraduate diploma, students can progress to an MSc in Nursing.
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 all available to view in the College Calendar.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PATHWAY 6: NEONATOLOGY NURSING
Applicants for this MSc in Nursing, including Postgraduate Diploma exit route, should normally:
- 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. For the Neonatology Nursing Pathway, applicants must be Registered General Nurses OR Registered Children's Nurses OR Registered Midwives.
- Have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways. For the Neonatology Nursing Pathway, applicants must have a minimum of six months of post-registration experience (excluding courses) and at least six months experience in the speciality pathway applied for.
- Applicants must provide written evidence of support from their Director of Nursing/equivalent authorised Nurse Manager stating:
(a) The applicant will be working in the relevant specialist area for the duration of the programme for a minimum of 19.5 hours a week
(b) They will be released from practice to attend the programme requirements
(c) A Clinical Preceptor and/or Clinical Facilitator can support learning in the specialist area of practice for the duration of the programme.
NOTE: In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not fulfil the entry requirements may be recommended for entry to the programme under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 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.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Fees and Costs
The EU fee for this course is €7,630 (PG Diploma, Year 1); €2,630 (Masters, Year 2).
The Non-EU fee for this course is €15,000 (PG Diploma, Year 1); €5,000 (Masters, Year 2).
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment:
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment:
Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.
How can I pay?
By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary items requested for your course.
Please log into the online application portal for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Deferrals are not permitted on this course.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
- You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
- Please upload certification of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
- All applicants must also upload the following to their online application:
For students who have exited this programme with the award of postgraduate diploma and wish to return to complete the Masters within 5 years, please apply for CKX13, MSc in Nursing Studies Direct Entry Year 2.Apply Now