UCC Postgraduate courses

MSc Nursing (Non-EU)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    MSc Nursing (Non-EU)

  • Code

    CKX19 Full-time

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • Non-EU Fees 2021

    €18,130 (up to 50% Scholarships available)

  • Entry Requirements

    See detailed entry requirements See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    30 June 2021

  • Start Date

    3rd September 2021

Course Outline

The MSc in Nursing for Non-EU applicants is a full-time programme (i.e. 90 credits) taken over 12 months from the date of first registration (commencing in September of each year). It is designed to provide students from outside Ireland and EU (i.e. non-EU applicants) and from a range of different nursing backgrounds with a Masters degree.  The programme is non-clinical, comprising theory modules only.



On successful completion of the non-clinical pathway, students should be able to:

  • exercise enhanced personal and professional competence through accountability and autonomy in professional practice;
  • practise with greater insight of the research-base, ethical, socio-political and professional underpinnings of nursing/midwifery and health care;
  • demonstrate higher levels of judgement in the practice of nursing/midwifery through the generation of nursing knowledge for innovative nursing and midwifery practice;
  • act as innovators and leaders in a chosen area and contribute to practice development and best practice;
  • teach others from a broad and in-depth knowledge base, derived from critical reflection on nursing practice and the development of critical inquiry of disciplinary knowledge base in nursing and midwifery.

Students take 90 credits as follows:

NU6053          Professional, Ethical and Legal Decision-making in Specialist Practice (5 credits)

NU6084          Clinical Examination Skills (10 credits)

MH6014          Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)

NU6070          Clinical Leadership in Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits)

NU6085          Wound Care for Healthcare Professionals (5 credits)

NU6152          Medical and Surgical Nursing of Individuals with Cardiorespiratory Problems (10 credits)

NU6201          Personal and Professional Portfolio (10 credits)

NU6202          The Principles and Methods of Evidence Based Practice Healthcare 

NU6203          Challenges to Global Health, Ethical, Legal, Social and Cultural Perspectives 

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.

University Calendar

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

Why Choose This Course

Skills and Careers Information

The MSc Nursing (Non-EU) was established in 2013 to give nurses from outside the European Union, the opportunity to study in Ireland. A major objective of the programme is to enable students to further develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes gained at Bachelor level and apply these to professional practice in a rapidly evolving healthcare system globally as well as enhanced career opportunities. The programme consists of practical and theoretical modules grounded in evidence-based knowledge delivered over a 1-year period.


Applicants for the MSc in Nursing for NON-EU applicants should:  

(a) Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing Board/Statutory Body in their own country.   

(b) Hold a primary degree in nursing (min 2nd class hons standard) OR hold a Higher/Postgraduate Diploma in relevant nursing area.  

(c) If first language is not English, provide current evidence (within 2 years) of Minimum English Language proficiency - the list of UCC approved English language qualifications are available here  

Non Clinical Pathway:  There are no specific post registration practice requirements for applicants to this pathway, although some clinical experience in area of interest in desirable.  


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 Non-EU fee for this course is €18,130 (up to 50% Scholarships available).


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.


For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact