UCC Undergraduate courses

Nursing Studies

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Nursing Studies

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time

  • Qualifications

    BSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    EU student: €4,000. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    1 May 2023

  • Non-EU Closing Date


Course Outline

Our BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies programme is a post-registration degree for registered nurses, set at Level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, 2003). The School of Nursing and Midwifery, located within the College of Medicine and Health at UCC, is delighted to present this innovative programme aimed at building on the foundations provided by pre-registration programmes and professional experience. It should appeal to candidates from a number of clinical and/or management positions. Our course is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge applicable to current practice in general and specialist areas. 

You can choose to complete this BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies programme over one academic year (60 credits) or over two academic years (30 credits per year).

If you have completed flexi-option modules (at Level 8 or above), you may also be eligible for exemption from some modules. Application for exemptions must be made at the time of application.

One Year option

Students take modules to the value of 60 credits:

  • NU4001  Nursing Science (10 credits)
  • NU4016  Evidence-based Nursing Practice (10 credits)
  • NU4108  Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Nursing and Healthcare (10 credits)
  • NU4111  Leadership, Management, Ethical and Legal Accountability in Nursing (10 credits)
  • NU4112  Nursing People with Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases (10 credits)
  • NU4113  Primary Healthcare for Population Health (10 credits)

Two Year option (not available to non-EU applicants)

Students take modules to the value of 60 credits over two years (30 credits per year).

Year 1
Students take modules to the value of 30 credits:

  • NU4016  Evidence-based Nursing Practice (10 credits)

plus modules to a value of 20 credits from the following:

  • NU4001  Nursing Science (10 credits)
  • NU4016  Evidence-based Nursing Practice (10 credits)
  • NU4108  Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Nursing and Healthcare (10 credits)
  • NU4111  Leadership, Management, Ethical and Legal Accountability in Nursing (10 credits)
  • NU4112  Nursing People with Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases (10 credits)
  • NU4113 Primary Healthcare for Population Health (10 credits)

Year 2
Students take modules to the value of 30 credits from the above remaining modules. Total 30 credits.

See College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on the modules.

Course Practicalities

This course is designed to allow nurses and midwives to work and attend university simultaneously, in order to suit service, personal and academic requirements. However, some of our students allow themselves protected university time by taking unpaid study leave.

Students taking the one-year option attend university for approximately 40 days in one academic year, with lectures given over three block weeks and a one-day-per-week release for the remaining time.

Students taking the two-year option attend college according to their chosen Year 1 & Year 2 core and elective modules.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment including essays, critical literature reviews, in-class tests, a community project, a research project, and a written paper.

Who teaches this course?

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 aging, and sustainable approaches to healthcare and health promotion; our teaching staff, including those listed below, are at the forefront of these developments.


Why Choose This Course

Top 50 Nursing School in the World

Being ranked within the top 50 nursing schools in the world, according to the QS global subject rankings, we provide a world-class environment for research and education.

In particular, this course, which can be taken over a one- or two-year period, allows you to continue work in clinical practice. In order to facilitate learning, we embrace a wide range of teaching and learning strategies, including blended learning. A variety of support networks are available to assist students in continuing their education at third level.

This course aims to build on the foundations provided by pre-registration nursing courses and professional experience. It fosters analytical and critical thinking skills, enabling qualified nurses to become more effective in clinical practice. We promote the idea of evidence-based practice by providing nurses with an awareness of nursing research and relevant research methodologies. The course will help you to develop self-directed learning skills and provide an opportunity for personal growth and development.

Connected Curriculum

Our learning approach reflects our commitment 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, science, leadership, and management.


Skills and Careers Information

The course provides an opportunity for you to enhance and develop your knowledge of nursing, as well as the science and theory supporting nursing practice. On completion of the course, you will be in a position to apply for further postgraduate education courses at certificate/postgraduate diploma or MSc level. For more information on our postgraduate options please see our Nursing & Midwifery postgraduate course page.


To be eligible to apply, applicants must be Registered Nurses or Midwives recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Applicants from outside Ireland must hold active registration as a nurse in the professional register of their country of residence.

For English language requirements, please see the English Language Requirements for EU Applicants.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. 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 and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page.

Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.

Fees and Costs

For course fees please refer to the 2023/2024 EU Undergraduate Fees Schedule for this programme : Fee Schedules 2023/24 | University College Cork (ucc.ie)

The fee for the BSc Nursing Studies 1-Year programme in 2023 is €4,000. The fee for the 2-Year programme in 2023 is €2,000 per year.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

How Do I Apply

EU applicants

The application process for the 2023/2024 will open on February 7th 2023.

Applications are made through the UCC APPLY portal only, and you can apply using the Apply Now button at the top of the page. 

FETAC candidates are not eligible to apply for this programme.

Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded with your UCCApply Application so please have the following documents ready for upload: 

  • Transcript of Nursing Qualifications / Confirmation of Nursing Qualifications
  • Confirmation of current Nursing Registration  
  • Passport Photo 
  • Proof of Identity (if not previously registered in UCC) 
  • Transcripts (if applicable) 
  • English Proficiency Qualification (if applicable) 

All documents in a language other than English must be officially translated (you cannot translate these yourself). 

EU Applicants: The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over): See the CAO Mature Applicants page and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) page for essential information on the application process for mature students.

QQI FET/FETAC Applicants: See our QQI FET/FETAC Applicants page.

Non-EU Applicants: Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page.

All Applicants: Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and 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 terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

The closing date for non-EU applications is tbc

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact