About This Course
Nursing and Healthcare Quality Improvement
2 years Part-time
EU Fees 2018
€8000 (€4,450 Year 1, €3,550 Year 2)
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2018
See Requirements for full details.
Now Closed for Applications for 2018
Non-EU Closing Date
Course Delivery Method
The online MSc in Nursing and Healthcare Quality Improvement programme is an exciting, contemporary, degree for registered Nurses, offering a flexible mode of learning while continuing to work. The programme will enable practitioners to take leadership roles in an increasingly complex healthcare environment with an emphasis on quality improvement in nursing and healthcare. It should appeal to students from a number of clinical areas and from management positions. Subject areas covered in the programme include designing an e-portfolio for personal and professional development, practice enhancement for quality improvement, advancing practice for patient safety, clinical leadership for quality improvement, advanced research methods applied to healthcare. Elective subject areas relate to quality improvement in gerontological nursing and health assessments. The final project on the programme will involve developing the skill set to conduct a research/evidence based project applied to practice area.
This online programme offers a flexible online approach to learning, designed to allow Registered Nurses to undertake their studies while working simultaneously. The programme is designed to allow Nurses to undertake their studies while working simultaneously with the intention to suit service, personal and academic requirements. This programme consists of seven modules to the value of 70 credits and one module to the value of 20 credits. Students have the option of exiting the programme after completing 30 credits with a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing and Healthcare Quality Improvement. Students have the option of exiting the programme after completing Year 1 and one 10-credit (NU6306) module in Year 2 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing and Healthcare Quality Improvement.
For the 90 credits in the programme, there are six core 10 credit modules to be completed by all students, two elective 10 credit modules from which the student chooses one module, and one final 20 credit module to be completed by all students.
Students take 90 credits as follows:
- Year 1 - 50 Credits
- Year 2 - 40 Credits
|YEAR 1||Students take 40 credits as follows:|
|NU6301||Personal and Professional Development||10 credits|
|NU6303||Advancing Practice for Patient Safety||10 credits|
|NU6302||Practice Enhancement for Quality Nursing and Healthcare||10 credits|
|NU6310||Evidence Based Practice for Quality Improvement in Healthcare||10 credits|
Plus one Elective Module (subject to availability*) to the value of 10 credits to be chosen from the following:
|NU6307||Contemporary Issues and Quality Improvement in Gerontological Nursing||10 credits|
|NU6311||Health Assessment in Nursing||10 credits|
*Not all modules will be offered each year
|YEAR 2||Students take 40 credits as follows:|
|NU6306||Clinical Leadership for Nursing and Healthcare Quality improvement||10 credits|
|NU6304||Advanced Research Methods Applied to Healthcare||10 credits|
|NU6309||Applied Research for Evidence Based Practice and Quality Improvement||20 credits|
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.
Applicants can complete this online programme over a minimum of 2 academic years. Each 10 credit module will be delivered over 6 weeks with one module delivered at a time. The 20-credit Dissertation module (NU6309) will be taken over 33weeks (8 months) as a final project. Each 10-credit module consists of an estimated student workload of 200 hours. The 20-credit module consists of an estimated workload of 400 hours. This involves online learning, self-directed learning, required readings, subject investigation, on-line activities and assignment preparation, participation and submission.
A range of continuous assessments are used across the modules. These include essays, case study discussion, portfolio submission, digital presentation, accumulative report writing and online activities. In addition, students complete a written research/evidence based project as the final module of the programme.
Who teaches this course
|Dr Vera McCarthy||Programme Coordinator|
|Dr Nicola Cornally||Lecturer Practioner|
|Dr Eileen Savage||Head of School|
|Dr Teresa Wills||Lecturer|
|Dr Brendan Noonan||Lecturer Practitioner|
|Ms Stephanie Lawrence||Lecturer|
|Dr Alice Coffey||Senior Lecturer|
Why Choose This Course
This MSc in Nursing and Healthcare Quality Improvement is the only fully online, programme available in Ireland and one of the few available in the world. There is a strong emphasis on quality improvement and on advancing knowledge and skills thereby preparing students for current nursing and health service challenges and reform. The programme will not only prepare nurses to advance their practice and take leadership roles in healthcare, it will also prepare nurses for new career opportunities.
Skills and Careers Information
What can I do after I graduate with an MSc in Nursing and Healthcare Quality Improvement?
This online, MSc in Nursing and Healthcare Quality Improvement enables students to take a leadership role in clinical practice in an increasingly complex healthcare with an emphasis on quality improvement in nursing and healthcare. The programme prepares Nurses to advance nursing and patient-centred care with a specific skillset relevant to contemporary healthcare including but not limited to patient safety, practice enhancement and quality improvement, research and evidence based practice, and managing and leading change innovation. Graduates will be well positioned to engage in leadership roles relating to nurse led services, practice development and quality improvement initiatives, and middle/senior management in their work environments as well as seeking promotional opportunities in these areas.
The additional skills provided by this programme will be the ability to:
- Develop an e-portfolio to track personal and professional activities and development.
- Change management at clinical and organisational levels incl. project management, team organisation, auditing.
- Clinical leadership.
- Proficiency at advancing patient safety in clinical practice and at organisational level e.g. communication, negotiation, problem solving.
- Collaborative skills of engaging in research to enhance nursing and healthcare practice.
- Generating questions from clinical practice/services for research and conducting this research.
- Others e.g. report writing, development and delivery of oral PowerPoint presentations, computer literacy and online lifelong learning.
Occupations associated with an MSc in Nursing and Healthcare Quality Improvement
Graduates from the online MSc in Nursing and Healthcare Quality Improvement will be qualified to pursue a number of exciting careers. The identified career pathways for graduates of this programme include:
- Clinical Nurse Managers
- Assistant Director of Nursing
- Director of Nursing
- Practice Development Positions
- Quality Improvement/Project Manager positions
- Clinical Research positions
Applicants must satisfy the following to be eligible to apply:
- Applicants must be qualified Nurses registered with the regulatory body in their country of residence.
- Applicants must have a primary degree, Level 8 or equivalent.
Technical Entry Requirements:
To access and interact with the programme content, assignments and assessments etc. students will require reliable broadband andaccess to at least a PC/ Laptop running Windows 7 or later and Mac OSX 10.7.4. Common plug-ins such as Microsoft Silverlight, Java and Flash will also be required. Students must have access to MS Office or an equivalent suite of applications such as Libre Office. They must also have access to a modern standards compliant web browser. UCC recommends either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. To engage productively and successfully with the content, basic technical computer skills such as familiarity with word processing, web browsing and email recommended.
English Language Requirements
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 €8000 (€4,450 Year 1, €3,550 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 email@example.com .
The Non-EU fee for this course is €10,000 .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
International students contact email@example.com
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 and this form is available to view here CKX22 Supplementary Questions.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 6th JuneApply Now