UCC Postgraduate courses

Nursing - Practice Nursing

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Nursing - Practice Nursing

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    2 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    PG Dip

  • EU Fees 2019

    €7,000 (€3,500 per annum)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2019


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Not on offer for 2019

  • Start Date

    Not on offer for 2019

Course Outline

The Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Nursing will be delivered in blended learning format over two academic years. The aim of this programme is to challenge nurses to think critically and creatively about practice nursing and to enable students to develop their knowledge and skills in order to keep pace with developments in the field of primary care. On completion of this programme students will be equipped with the necessary theory, practical and policy knowledge required for the professional development of the practice nurse in primary care. This Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Nursing offers healthcare professionals a flexible option to study while they continue to work and validate their professional experience. Students who enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Nursing will do so for their career progression, research capacity building, higher specialist training, and general interest in practice nursing.

The overall aim of this blended learning Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Nursing is to offer professionals a flexible option to study while they continue to work and in many cases to validate their professional experience. This postgraduate diploma will be delivered in blended learning format over two academic years, with 30 credits being delivered each year. All students commencing will be required to comply with the Fitness to Practise Policy and meet the relevant Fitness to Practise standards in order to progress to the next year of their programme.

PG Diploma in Practice Nursing Core Modules (Year 1)

Students complete modules to the value of 30 credits

  • GP6003 Principles & Context Of Primary Care And General Practice (5 Credits)
  • Nu6155 Clinical General Practice Nursing 1 (5 Credits)
  • NU6157 Child Growth & Development (5 Credits)
  • NU6070 Practice Enhancement For Nursing And Midwifery (10 Credits)

One elective module to be chosen to the value of 5 credits.

Elective options (Year 1, Semester 1):

  • NU6053 Ethics For Specialist Practice (5 Credits)
  • GP6005 Women’s Health In General Practice (5 Credits) 
  • NU5087 Practice And Principles Of Health Promotion (5 Credits)  

PG Diploma in Practice Nursing Core Modules (Year 2)

Students complete modules to the value of 30 credits

  • NU6005 Research Methods (10 Credits)
  • NU6156 Clinical General Practice Nursing 2 (5 Credits)        
  • GP6004 Chronic Disease Management In General Practice (5 Credits)

Two elective modules to be chosen to a total value of 10 credits i.e. 2 x 5 credit or 1 x 10 credits

Elective options (Year 2, Semester 2):

  • NU6085 Wound Care For Health Professionals (5 Credits)
  • NU6158 Evidence-Based Cervical Screening (10 Credits)
  • NU5077 Diabetes Management (5 Credits)
  • GP5100 Diabetes In Primary Care (10 Credits)
  • MH5085 Obesity Management & Prevention Training For Healthcare Professionals (5 Credits) 

There will be a choice of elective modules to choose from in the area of:

  • wound care
  • health promotion
  • women’s health
  • ethics
  • cervical screening
  • diabetes
  • obesity management and prevention.

Students will be closely supported by the programme coordinator, staff involved in each module, and the online learning technologist within the School of Nursing. Academic writing skills, Blackboard training, and library tours will also be made available to all students. Each student will have a clinical preceptor who will receive training from the School of Nursing and Midwifery to support their clinical experience.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Blended learning over 2 academic years


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.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

For each 10 credit blended learning module there is an estimated 200 hours student workload. The breakdown of these hours is:

  • 184 hours distance online and technology learning, and 16 hours of face-to-face contact in University College Cork (lectures, workshops).

The breakdown for 5 credit theory modules will be half the hours stated above for 10 credit modules. 


A blended approach to assessment will involve both e-tivities and traditional approaches. Each assessment is alignment to the module learning outcomes. A range of continuous assessments are used across the modules.  These may include a literature review, academic essays, case studies, online presentations, poster presentation, online discussion forums, quizzes, accumulative report writing, reflective journals, clinical workbook and clinical visits.  Modules will be delivered by staff from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Department of General Practice, and CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme.

Who teaches this course

Staff, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Department of General Practice, Health Service Executive and CervicalCheck–The National Cervical Screening Programme.

Why Choose This Course

This Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Nursing offers healthcare professionals a flexible option to study while they continue to work and validate their professional experience. Students who enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Nursing will do so for their career progression, research capacity building, higher specialist training, and general interest in practice nursing. 

Skills and Careers Information

What can I do after i Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Nursing?

The postgraduate programme prepares nurses to critically review their practice to increase effectiveness in patient-centred care in primary care. On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Enhance clinical nursing practice through the application of well-assimilated policy, theoretical, and practical knowledge.  
  • Critically appraise and evaluate current research evidence and best practice for practice nursing and its implications for practice.
  • Exercise accountability within the clinical, ethical and professional boundaries of the role of practice nursing.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of individual outcomes against specialist intervention plans for individuals and their families in primary care.
  • Synthesise health related issues for the development of intervention/service responses appropriate to the needs of individuals and their families in primary care.
  • Contribute as a learned member of the multidisciplinary team in the delivery of quality healthcare for individuals and families within the context of practice nursing.
  • Act as a means of professional support, educator and role model for the provision of lifelong learning to ensure on-going professional development.

Occupations associated with Postgraduate Diploma in Practice Nursing

Private General Practice- Practice Nurse/ Clinical Nurse Manager

Health Service Executive- Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist/Community Nurse

What are our graduates doing?

Postgraduate students from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, UCC have positions in the private and public health sector working as:

  • Advanced Nurse Practitioners,
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists,
  • Clinical Nurse Managers,
  • Public Health Nurses,
  • Community Nurses,
  • Specialist Nurses in Oncology, Orthopaedics, Emergency, Gerontology, and Intensive Care.


Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be Registered General Nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI);
  • Applicants must have a minimum of twelve months post-registration experience (excluding courses);
  • Applicants must be currently working in general practice or provide written evidence that they have identified a general practitioner (GP) practice where they can undertake clinical placement.

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. 

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

International/non-EU applicants

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 €7,000 (€3,500 per annum).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €14,000.

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.


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 fees@ucc.ie .

(€3,500 per annum)

Non-EU Fees

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 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 for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 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 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.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the application process for this programme. The form is available to view here CKW22 (202kB).

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