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Taught Postgraduate Programmes

Taught Postgraduate Programmes

NOTE: Postgraduate Orientation for updated information 


The Department of Nursing and Midwifery is committed to facilitating students’ personal and professional development within a supportive, respectful and flexible environment.

The department offers the following level 9* postgraduate programmes:

Schedule of Lecture Days  - Year 1 and Year 2

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the normal academic requirements may apply to have prior learning considered under the University of Limerick's policy on the recognition of prior learning (RPL). Click here for more information

Advantages of Studying a Postgraduate Programme  in UL

  • 13 Days attendance only in year 1
  • Thesis only in year 2
  • Blended Learning to Support Student Learning
  • Variety of Assessment Strategies to suit adult learners
  • Excellent library facilities
  • Dedicated Student Supports (Writing Centre, Student Advisor System, Blended Learning)

A significant feature of these programmes is their direct relevance to clinical practice.

Programme content is designed to empower students with knowledge and skills to deliver evidence-based nursing care in the clinical setting.

The elective choices offer students the opportunity to select modules relevant to their own practice and develop their knowledge and understanding in order to support patient care.

Video : Masters in Nursing Specialist programmes: A Guide to Clinical Competency


Contact Details.

Dr Owen Doody

Course Director Postgraduate Programmes,
Department of Nursing and Midwifery,
Health Sciences Building,
Northbank Campus
University of Limerick.
Telephone: +353-61-213367

Mobile: +353-86-8379781

The academic year is divided into two semesters. Semester 1 normally runs from September to December, and semester 2 normally runs from January to May.

Blended Learning
All of the department’s postgraduate programmes use blended learning. Blended learning is a teaching strategy that involves a combination of on-campus days and online teaching and learning. It enables students to access course material online anytime, on or off campus. Blended learning provides flexibility and accessible development opportunities for registered nurses and midwives with family and work commitments. In that regard attendance is required on campus for six or seven days per semester for level 9 programmes, including the level 9 continuous professional development modules. The level 8 certificate programme requires a total of 10 days attendance on campus for the duration of the programme. Furthermore, through the use of technology, blended learning offers opportunities for learners to assume greater independence in their learning.

Academic Support
There is a dedicated lead lecturer on each programme. The course director or lead lecturer will answer any queries you might have before you come to the University and while you are a student. During the programme, support is provided by lecturers on an ongoing basis by phone, email, online lectures and at drop-in clinics.