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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (General)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (General)
NFQ Level 8 Major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

CAO points history:
498* †
Course code:
4 Years
* Indicates that not all applicants who scored these points were offered places.
† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.
Course leader:
Irene Cassidy
Email: Tel:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015

Are you interested in caring for people? Do you have good communcation skills, enjoy working as part of a team and have qualities such as kindness and respect? Are you willing to learn, practice your skills and become competent in nursing? If so, general nursing may be the career for you.

Why Study General Nursing at UL?

General nursing is a broad area of practice and involves caring for people with acute and long-term illness in hospital and community settings. General nursing provides a person-centered holistic approach to care, respecting each individual’s uniqueness and dignity. Registered General Nurses (RGNs) work collaboratively and in partnership with patients, their families/carers, the wider community and other health professionals in providing a proactive, evidence-based quality holistic service. The BSc Nursing (General) programme is designed to provide students with the understanding, knowledge, skills and attitudes required to deliver compassionate care that is responsive to the needs of individuals within evolving healthcare settings.

The BSc. Nursing (General) is a full-time four-year degree offered by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, the University of Limerick in conjunction with the Health Service Executive West (Limerick, Clare and Tipperary North). On successful completion of the programme, students will be able to present for registration with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)   and practise as a Registered General Nurse (R.G.N.).

Nursing programmes at The University of Limerick offer a valuable opportunity to study on a renowned and beautiful campus with enthusiastic and experienced lecturers who support student learning both in practice with our service partners and on campus.

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What you will study

The Programme is offered full time over four years. The curriculum encompasses the development of theory and practice simultaneously, with the programme structured as follows:

  • 63 weeks Theory (minimum)
  • 45 weeks un-rostered Clinical Placement
  • 36 weeks Internship

During the course, you will study nursing, caring, communication, health and health promotion, infection prevention and control. Biological sciences, sociology, psychology, law and ethics, pharmacology, research and evidence in health are examples of other modules you will study. This course is full-time 4-year programme and includes practice placements throughout the Mid-West region. As this course leads to an academic and professional qualification, students will need to put time and effort into study.

Nursing is a demanding profession both physically and emotionally. Successful applicants must be of good physical and mental health and have the ability to achieve the required competencies of a nurse. Offers of places on the nursing programmes are subject to satisfactory completion of Garda Vetting & Health Screening, including vaccination. This will be organised by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery. Prospective students should be aware that there is likely to be a cost implication borne by the student for health screening and vaccination.

NM4131 Shared Module:
Promoting Safety within a
Healthcare Context
NM4171 Practice Placement 1  
NS4121 Shared Module:
Foundations for Engaged Learning
NM4092 Shared Module:
Introduction to Health and Health Promotion
NM4091 Philosophies Underpinning Person Centred Nursing NM4181 Person Centred Medical Nursing  
NM4141 Fundamentals of Nursing Practice NM4152 Shared Module:
Biological Sciences applied to
Nursing & Midwifery 2
NM4151 Shared Module:
Biological Sciences applied to Nursing & Midwifery 1
PS4062 Shared Module:
Introduction to Psychology applied to Nursing and Midwifery
NM4161 Shared Module:
Communication and interpersonal Relationships in Nursing & Midwifery
NM4172 Practice Placement 2 NM4193 Practice Placement 3  
NM4153 Person Centred Surgical Nursing NM4233 Foundations of Maternal, Child and Mental Health Nursing  
NM4163 Nutrition for Nursing Practice NM4094 Older Person Nursing: Value-Based Practice  
NM4173 Shared Module:
Biological Sciences applied to Nursing & Midwifery 3
NM4243 Shared Module:
Nursing Individuals Living with Long Term Conditions
NM4183 Shared Module:
Principles of Infection Prevention & Control for Nurses and Midwives
NM4104 Shared Module:
Law and Ethics for Nursing and
Midwifery Practice
NM4022 Shared Module:
Pharmacology for Nurses and Midwives
S04014 Shared Module
Sociology of Health and Illness for Nursing and Midwifery
    NM4115 Practice Placement 4  
Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6 Summer
NM4125 Practice Placement 5 NM4076 Shared Module:
Nursing in Primary and Community Settings
    NM4086 Shared Module:
Research and Evidence in
    NM4096 Person Centred Approaches to
Rehabilitation Nursing
    NM4106 Principles of Palliative Care  
    NM4116 Shared Module:
Transition towards a Competent
Code Semester 7 Code Semester 8 Summer
NM4126 Practice Placement 6 NM4097 Practice Placement 7  
NM4067 Shared Module:
Practice Research Project
NM4008 Practice Placement 8  
NM4077 Shared Module :
Leading and Managing in Quality Practice
NM4087 Person Centred Nursing in Acute Complex Care      

Entry requirements

CAO points history 498
Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements

Applicants must also hold an O6/H7 grade in one of the following Laboratory Science subjects: Biology; Physics, Chemistry; Physics and Chemistry; or Agricultural Science. Enquiries about the methods of evaluation of results of examinations and qualifications other than the Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate Examination should be addressed to the Admissions Office of UL.

In addition to the CAO application, applicants must also register and apply through the PAS website This is required as PAS undertakes the written assessment on behalf of the NCC. Mature applicants may also be considered on the basis of educational qualifications. Such applicants should also consult the booklet: Nursing and Midwifery A Career for You, published by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann

T: +353-1-639 8500

Additional considerations

QQI Entry

Certain QQI Awards are acceptable in fulfilling admission requirements for this programme. Go to the UL Admissions QQI page for a full list of modules.

Mature Students

Applicants who wish to be considered for a place on the grounds of mature years must satisfy An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann as to their suitability by means of an assessment test. Mature applicants should be 23 years old on or before January 1st of the year of enrolment. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Application information for mature student applicants (PDF)

Note: In addition to the CAO application, mature applicants must apply directly to NMBI to take an assessment test.

Tel +353 (0)1 6398500 Website

Non-EU Entry Requirements

How to apply

Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.


Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,106
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,106
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,106
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€24,627
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website


These scholarships are available for this course

Title Award Scholarships available
Edith and Leslie Downer Entrance Scholarship

Your future career

Employability skills from this degree

  • Flexibility
  • Adaptability
  • Empathy
  • Organisational skills and time-management
  • Leadership
  • Determination and tenacity
  • Conducting research
  • Utilising research and evidence-based practice
  • Problem-solving and decision-making
  • Collaboration
  • Working in partnership with different disciplines
  • Teamwork
  • Compassion
  • Professional responsibility and accountability

The year after graduating with this degree

The University of Limerick Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a detailed review of the employment outcomes of UL graduates conducted annually by the University and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The survey forms part of a nationwide review of the employment outcomes of Irish University Graduates. The table below illustrates a five-year trend for UL graduate employment levels and location the year after graduation.

Employed in Ireland Employed abroad Further study Not available Seeking employment No. of responses Total no. of graduates Year
63% 37% 0% 0% 0% 43 49 2014
91% 3% 6% 0% 0% 32 46 2015
87% 7% 3% 3% 0% 31 41 2016
81% 9% 10% 0% 0% 21 43 2017
92% 8% 0% 0% 0% 26 47 2018

Further Study Options

Job titles for graduates with this degree

Upon registration with NMBI, there are many different employment and career opportunities available to you. Nurses can work and/or specialise in e.g. medical or  surgical nursing, care of the older person, renal nursing, oncology, theatre, palliative care, cardiac, orthopaedics, respiratory, emergency nursing or critical care. Many nurses work as community nurses and general practice nurses. 

Other career options include midwifery, children's nursing, public health nursing, education or management. Registered General Nurses may progress their careers through advanced nursing studies, thus enabling them to assume roles, as clinical nurse specialists, and advanced nurse practitioners.

Recent graduates of this programme are working as Registered General Nurses in hospitals, community nursing centres, prison service and in the private sector.

Graduate Profile - Laura Griffin

Living in Limerick, UL is a campus I have grown up around and loved throughout my childhood. The nursing course is also highly attractive here as we have the new Health Sciences building and our placement scheme is second to none as we are surrounded by the UL Hospitals group.

Nursing itself is something I became interested in because of its focus on people. I also love that there is always more to learn. I have found the modules on anatomy and genetics really interesting as biology was a favorite subject of mine in secondary school. I have also been awarded the Downer Nursing Scholarship which is a huge honour.

The high level of active learning through placement is another element of the course that grabbed my attention since, for me, actually doing something is the best way to learn. During my 1st semester I went on a 4-week nursing placement to the University Hospital Limerick. I had the chance to put into practice everything I had learned thus far in my studies.

By the end of my time there, skills like taking a patient’s vital signs became simple and routine to me which really made me feel like part of the nursing team. Actually being in the hospital setting so early on in my degree gave me great confidence in the fact that nursing is definitely the career for me! I feel comfortable and prepared going forward in my studies knowing that the nursing setting is where I want to be.

Graduate Profile - Tanya Byrnes

I chose UL after coming down here to the open days and seeing the fantastic campus. I’m from Wexford and when I arrived I didn’t know very many people here but I have to say that I settled right in.

I have always wanted to be a nurse and the course provided here in UL is excellent. Our semester is split between working in the hospital and time in college. Our lecturers are all nurses themselves and all have experience of working in hospitals which makes their lectures more interesting when they talk about their hands on experiences.

Student Profile - Sarah Moore

I chose UL after coming down here to the open days and seeing the fantastic campus. I’m from Wexford and when I arrived I didn’t know very many people here but I have to say that I settled right in.

I have always wanted to be a nurse and the course provided here in UL is excellent. Our semester is split between working in the hospital and time in college. Our lecturers are all nurses themselves and all have experience of working in hospitals which makes their lectures more interesting when they talk about their hands on experiences.