UCC Postgraduate courses

MSc Nursing (Non-EU)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    MSc Nursing (Non-EU)

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    1 Year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • Non-EU Fees

    €18,900 (up to 50% Scholarships available)

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    30 April 2023

  • Start Date

    11 September 2023

Course Outline

This MSc in Nursing (for Non-EU applicants) is a full-time programme taken over 12 months commencing in September of each year. It is designed to provide international students from outside Ireland and the EU (ie non-EU applicants) and from a range of different nursing backgrounds with a non-clinical Master’s degree. The program is non-clinical, comprising theory modules only.

The programme is divided into two parts with a total of 90 credits:

  • Part I comprises theory modules up to 70 credits
  • Part II comprises a Dissertation in Nursing (20 credits)


  • NU6070  Clinical Leadership in Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits)
  • NU6084  Clinical Examination Skills (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  (15 credits)
  • NU6203  Challenges to Global Health, Ethical, Legal, Social and Cultural Perspectives (10 credits)
  • NU6073  Dissertation in Nursing (20 credits)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this non-clinical pathway, you should be able to:

  • exercise enhanced personal and professional competence through accountability and autonomy in professional practice;
  • practice with greater insight into the research-base, ethical, socio-political, and professional underpinnings of nursing/midwifery and health care;
  • demonstrate higher levels of judgment 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.

Please also see our University Calendar (MSc Nursing Non-EU) for more detailed information available on course options and modules.


Further details on modules can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed 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

Top 50 Nursing School in the World

The School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, has been ranked within the top 50 nursing schools in the world, according to the QS global subject rankings. The school provides a world-class environment for cutting-edge research to prepare tomorrow’s nurses to shape and advance health care practices through research and education. Within UCC’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, researchers are addressing global challenges, including the growing burden of diseases, nurse workforce requirements, population ageing, and sustainable approaches to healthcare and health promotion and our teaching staff are at the forefront of these developments.

Connected Curriculum

At UCC we are committed to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff will support you in making meaningful connections within and between topics such as nursing, healthcare, and management.

Skills and Careers Information

This MSc Nursing (Non-EU) programme, established in 2013, gives 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 their undergraduate knowledge, skills, and attributes. We aim to provide our students with enhanced skills that will transfer to professional practice in a rapidly evolving healthcare system globally. The acquisition of these skills ensures demand for graduates of this programme.

Available Scholarships

At UCC we support our student community by offering scholarships and prizes to prospective and current students. Please see the Scholarships & Prizes page for more information.


Applicants for the MSc in Nursing (Non-EU) should meet the following requirements:

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

  • Hold a primary degree in nursing (Minimum 2nd class honours standard) Or hold a Higher/Postgraduate Diploma in the relevant nursing area;

  • If your first language is not English, you must provide current evidence (within 2 years) of Minimum English Language proficiency - the list of UCC-approved English language qualifications are available here on the UCC English Language Requirements page.   

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

International Master’s Pathway – Higher Diploma in Academic Discourse and Skills

There is an alternative entry route for international applicants via the International Master’s Pathway (IMP) – Higher Diploma in Academic Discourse and Skills (NFQ, Level 8). See the IMP page for more information.

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure 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.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Fees and Costs

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,900 (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 is at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment 

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay? 

You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please contact the Fees Office.

How Do I Apply

1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

  • For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
  • Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.


The closing date for non-EU applications is 30 April 2023

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact