About This Course
Nursing - Medical Surgical Nursing
Year 1 Full-time (PG Diploma); Year 2 Part-time (Masters)
Full-time, Distance Learning. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
PG Dip / MSc
EU Fees 2017
€7,000 (PG Diploma Year 1); €2,500 (Masters Year 2)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
See Requirements for full details.
6th June 2018
The MSc in Nursing comprising of 10 clinical pathways is available as a part-time programme completed over two years from the date of first registration for the programme (ie 60 credits in Year 1 and 30 credits in Year 2).
Students who apply for the MSc in Nursing may opt to exit the programme at the end of the first year with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing award upon successful completion of 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.
Also, students who have successfully completed all modules to the value of 30 credits in the PG Certificate in Nursing programme may apply to transfer into a relevant pathway of the MSc in Nursing programme with the option of exiting with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing award at the end of an additional 12 months. An exception is the PG Certificate in Nurse Prescribing where a corresponding PG Diploma Pathway is not available..
Candidates who successfully complete all modules to the value of 30 credits in the PG Certificate in Nursing (Nurse/Midwife Prescribing) programme may choose to register on a MSc Nursing /Post graduate Diploma Pathway relevant to their practice. Please Note: eligibility for credit exemption is not guaranteed as there is no corresponding PG Diploma in Nurse/Midwife Prescribing pathway. Decisions on credit exemption will be based on content of pathway chosen and on individual academic transcript and are subject to the approval of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
All students admitted to the MSc (Nursing) are registered for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing in Year 1. Students who pass Year 1 can progress to the MSc, unless they opt to exit the programme at the end of Year 1 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing
Pathway 8: Medical and Surgical Nursing
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)
and modules to the value of 15 credits from the following (subject to a minimum quota of 10 students to run the module)
NU6085 Wound Care for Healthcare Professionals (5 credits)
NU6152 Medical and Surgical Nursing of Individuals with Cardiorespiratory Problems (10 credits)
NU6145 Foundations of Cancer Care (10 credits)
Note: Students who have successfully completed 30 credits from the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (Medical-Surgical Nursing) in order to transfer into the MSc Programme must take theory modules to the value of 25 credits from above (NU6005, NU6053 and NU6070) and one of the following Clinical Practice/Practicum modules 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).
Additional Teaching Mode Information
All students will be initially registered for the postgraduate diploma in nursing full time. If a student wishes to progress to the masters they will be registered for the 2nd year part time.
Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.
**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.
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.
Why Choose This Course
The Postgraduate Diploma Medical Surgical Nursing Programme is delivered in a blended format (combination of classroom-based and online modules). Therefore, students are required to attend college for fewer days and, instead, complete more online work. This format suits a lot of students who invariably have difficulty being released from clinical practice to attend college classes. Students come from a variety of Health Care Providers and from very mixed clinical backgrounds which lead to excellent class discussions. On occasion, students from other countries join the class remotely via using Skype and Video webcam communication. Furthermore, Postgraduate students from other programmes join the students for some modules. This increases the cultural diversity in relation to Health Care Provider backgrounds, from an international perspective, which in turn further enhances discussions around nurse-led clinical practice decision-making.
The Postgraduate Certificate Medical Surgical Nursing Programme has modules that are very useful for medical-surgical clinical practice. The feedback from students has been excellent as exemplified by the below testimonials.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank you Michèle for everything! As a nurse who has been out of college for nearly 10 years now it was so wonderful to be taught by such supportive lecturers. My favourite module was CardioResp, it was so exciting to learn so much academic knowledge that had immediate clinical impact i.e. ABG interpretation, ECG’s, patient information on CVD, ESC tool etc. I felt the simulations were great for reflective practice. I wish you all the best with the MED-SUR Programme.
Thank you so much for all the encouragement . When I stood up on that stage for the first CUH inaugural research conference, I remembered all my teachers who made the day possible for me. It was one of the most fulfilling days in my life . And I want to thank all my teachers for the knowledge they have imparted to me. I realised what I have gained in the last year from my postgraduate diploma is that it has empowered me to be me and has made me a confident person in life. It would have been impossible without the constant support and encouragement from all of you. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to you Michèle for being so supportive and good to us. Thank you so much again.
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 are as follows:
Pathway 1: Emergency Nursing
Pathway 2: Cardiac and Intensive Care Nursing
Pathway 3: Gerontological Nursing
Pathway 4: Peri-operative Nursing - Not on offer for 2018/19
Pathway 5: Recovery Focused Mental Health Nursing
Pathway 6: Neonatology Nursing
Pathway 7: Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Disabilities - Not on offer for 2018/19
Pathway 8: Medical Surgical Nursing
Pathway 9: Nursing in the Community - Not on offer for 2018/19
Pathway 10: Orthopaedic Nursing - Not on offer for 2018/19
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:
- Pathways 1, 2, 8, 10 and 11: Applicants must be Registered General Nurses
- Pathway 3: Applicants must be Registered General Nurses or Registered Intellectual Disability Nurses or Registered Psychiatric Nurses
- Pathway 4: Applicants must be Registered General Nurses or Registered Midwives
- Pathway 5: Applicants must be Registered Psychiatric Nurses
- Pathway 6: Applicants must be Registered General Nurses or Registered Midwives
- Pathway 7: Applicants must be Registered Nurses in Intellectual Disability or Registered General Nurses/Registered Children's Nurses/Registered Psychiatric Nurses currently working in an intellectual disability setting
- Pathway 9: Applicants must be either Registered General Nurses or Registered Intellectual Disability Nurses or Registered Children's Nurses or Registered Psychiatric Nurses or Registered Midwives
(b) have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways:
- Pathways 1, 2 and 4: 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. In addition applicants must be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS).
- Pathways 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 11: 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.
- Pathway 7: Applicants who are Registered Nurses in Intellectual Disability must have a minimum of six months of post registration experience (excluding courses) and at least six months experience in intellectual disability nursing OR if a Registered General/Children's/Psychiatric nurse must have a minimum of four years post-registration experience (excluding courses) in intellectual disability nursing.
- Pathway 10: No experience required but must work in orthopaedic speciality area.
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).
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.
If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.
For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .
Fees and Costs
The fee for this course is €7,000 (PG Diploma Year 1); €2,500 (Masters Year 2).
If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.
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 .
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three 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 Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC 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 forms requested for your course.
Please log into PAC for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.
Questions on how to apply?
EU students contact email@example.com
International students contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme. This form is available to view from here ckw15supplementaryquestions (125kB).
Please note that if an applicant is successful in gaining a place, and is unable to register in that year, deferrals are not permitted. Students are, however, welcome to reapply, and the previous cancellation will not affect any subsequent UCC application.