UCC Postgraduate courses

Nursing Studies Year 1

About This Course

Fact File

Course Outline

The MSc Nursing Studies aims to build on your existing knowledge and skills to enhance professional practice and support career development. The course has been designed to provide you with opportunities to act as a practice innovator and to demonstrate higher levels of judgment and autonomy in your area of nursing. The course will develop your professional expertise, research skills and critical inquiry. MSc Nursing Studies is an investment in your career and your professional practice.

Students take 60 credits in Year 1 and 30 credits in Year 2.

In Year 1 students take three core modules which include; Practice Enhancement (10 credits), Research Methods (10 credits) and a Personal & Professional Portfolio (10 credits). Students can choose a further 30 credits from a range of modules subject to availability e.g.  Person Centred Care, Nursing & Midwifery Management & Development, Patient Safety and more.

In year 2 students take an ‘Advanced Research Methods’ module (10 credits) in semester one and undertake a research study in semester two (Dissertation 20 credits).

On completion of the MSc Nursing Studies, students will be able to:

  • act as innovators and leaders in a chosen area and contribute to practice development and best practice
  • practise with greater insight of the research-base, ethical, socio-political and professional underpinnings of nursing/midwifery and health care in Ireland
  • exercise enhanced personal and professional competence through accountability and autonomy in professional practice
  • critically review research evidence as applied to an area of professional practice
  • demonstrate vision of professional practice that can be developed both within and beyond scope of practice.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 1 year.


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

Year 1 is divided into two teaching semesters (September to December and January to April). Students will be required to attend classes one day per week (Note: If taking blended learning modules this requirement will be less. Blended learning combines online and face to face teaching and learning).

In Year 2, students are required to attend classes for one afternoon every second week for the first semester (September to December). For the second semester, students will be undertaking a research study and completing their dissertation, therefore students are only required to attend individual supervision sessions.


A range of continuous assessments are used across the modules. These include essays, oral presentations, reflective reports, practice innovation reports and professional portfolios.

Why Choose This Course

The Masters in Nursing Studies is designed so that you can apply what you learn in each module to an area that is of specific interest to you. This allows for the tailoring of the programme to meet your professional and personal needs.  In addition we recognise that the majority of students also work full-time, and therefore the programme offers a blended learning approach which combines online and face-to-face teaching and learning.

Skills and Careers Information

Many of our MSc graduates have achieved promotion during or soon after the completion of the course. In clinical practice for example, senior and advanced nursing posts increasingly require applicants to possess, or be working towards, masters-level qualifications.


  • Have a minimum of an honours primary degree (NFQ, Level 8)  in Nursing, Midwifery or equivalent qualification approved by the College of Medicine and Health)
  • Hold professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or be eligible for such registration.

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 €5,130.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €10,130.


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 .

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 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. 

5. Rounds

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 

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.

  • In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.

  • Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

  • Please enter the names and email addresses of 2 referees. 
  • Please upload certification of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
  • Please upload employer approval letter.

The closing date for non-EU applications is N/A

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