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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Studies (for international students)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Studies (for international students)
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

Course code:
1 full calendar year commencing in autumn semester
* 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:
Kathleen Markey
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 234355

Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus

About You

If you are a qualified nurse holding the professional attributes of responsibility, accountability, and commitment to quality improvement, research awareness, reflection and continuous professional development then this programme will help you to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving healthcare system both nationally and globally.

If you wish to advance your knowledge this programme is for you. If you view learning as an active process valuing individual experiences and are the type of person who enjoys taking increased responsibility for their own learning then this programme is for you.

Why study BSc in Nursing Studies (International) at UL?

The BSc Nursing Studies aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding for students in progressing from diploma to degree level. The programme will be delivered in a manner that is flexible and proactive and designed as a level 8 degree to meet the needs of national and international students who are registered nurses. This theory based programme draws upon previous knowledge and experience. The theoretical programme is designed to build upon students' existing knowledge and offer a more global perspective on nursing. The programme aims to enhance nurses' ability to respond to both consumer and service needs, within an ever changing and diverse healthcare environment, at both local and global level.

The University of Limerick fosters a learning environment that is committed to developing graduates with the attributes to be knowledgeable, creative, articulate and responsive. Opportunities to share this learning environment with national and international students are fundamental to the Department, and the University's overall strategic plan.

The course philosophy evolves from consideration of pertinent issues related to health and illness, the nature of nursing and the role of the nurse. The Department of Nursing and Midwifery ensures that the curriculum structure is flexible, innovative and responsive to the needs of students and health service providers. In addition, it ensures that graduates have the required transferable skills necessary for future clinical practice. Learners are facilitated in a lifelong learning context through credit accumulation and credit transfer which comply with the ECTS credit system. This is commensurate with the Nurses and Midwives Act (Government of Ireland 2011), where Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is seen as an inherent tenet within the professional lives of nurses.

The programme builds on existing knowledge and skills aiming to foster lifelong learning through a stimulating learning environment. It provides opportunities for students to integrate into student's life across campus and develop personal, professional, and University graduate attributes. To this end, some modules will be co scheduled with existing undergraduate modules, where opportunities for shared learning occur, while being responsive to the specific learning requirements of the students.

Some facts about the programme

  • Gain an internationally recognised academic qualification within one year.
  • Scholarships to the value of €3,000 available.
  • Focuses on integration as some modules are co-scheduled with students on other BSc Nursing Programmes.
  • Weekly scheduled English language sessions facilitated by the University of Limerick Language Centre.
  • Weekly scheduled sessions to further develop critical thinking and writing, academic reading and writing skills, study skills and presentation, communication and digital skills.

What you will study

The BSc Nursing Studies programme is structured as a one calendar year full time programme which will normally commence in the Autumn Semester. Some modules will be co-scheduled with existing BSc Nursing/Midwifery Programmes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do to ensure I have chosen the right career?
Physiotherapy is a wide-ranging and varied profession and you are strongly encouraged to seek some work experience in a hospital to increase your knowledge of the wide spectrum of the profession.

Do you need to be interested in sport to be a physiotherapist?
You do not need to be athletic or involved in sport to be a physiotherapist. Treating sports injuries is only a very small component of physiotherapy and only a small percentage of physiotherapists work in this area.

How intense is the course?
Because the course leads to a professional qualification the level of the workload is high compared to many other courses at UL.

Are some school subjects more useful than others?
Students who have studied Biology often find it an advantage during their first year of study.

How many places are there on the programme?
Currently, there are 30 places available, which includes 3 places for mature entry students.

What are the criteria for entry for mature students?
Mature applicants are advised to gain knowledge of the breadth of physiotherapy and should offer an educational experience in a subject relevant to physiotherapy (normally in the sciences) as minimum requirements before applying.

Where do students undertake their clinical education placements?
Many, but not all, of the 1000+ hours of clinical placements, will take place within the HSE Mid-West region. It is important that students gain a wide range of experience treating different groups of people in different environments and this will be facilitated by undertaking placements outside of this region.

Will I share lectures with other students?
Several of the modules will be shared with other health professionals and sports science students. As all students of UL are taught on the same campus, you will have the opportunity to meet a wide variety of students.

The Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy is a four-year degree programme which includes a total of 31 weeks clinical practice in the last three years of the course and a placement observing Clinical Practice at the end of Year 1. The first year provides a foundation in the basic biomedical sciences, including Human Physiology and Anatomy, Physics, Psycho-social aspects of Health and Illness, and an introduction to Physiotherapy Clinical Skills. Over the remaining three years, you will gain experience in the various disciplines of Physiotherapy: respiratory care, clinical neurology and musculoskeletal problems.

In the final two years, you will be introduced to principles of research in Physiotherapy and will complete a final year research project. During the 4 year programme, there will be opportunities for you to be engaged in shared learning with other students at the University of Limerick, and be involved in peer learning and assessment.

This table provides the outline of modules undertaken over 3 semesters

Year 1 - Semester 1 Year 1 - Semester 2 Year 1 - Semester 3
NS4081 Contemporary Nursing Studies


NS4024 Introduction to the Principles & Nature of Teaching and Learning for Nurses and Midwives


NS4013 Health Studies


NS6033 Project Development and Study Skills

NS4212 Communication and Therapeutic Relationships


NS4204 Research for

Nurses and Midwives


NS4082 Nursing Research Project 1

NS4093 Developing Knowledge for Scope of Practice


NS4083 Nursing Research Project 2


By the end of this course, you will

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills for reflection, critical thinking and analysis fundamental to professional development
  • Evaluate contemporary nursing issues in informing evidence based practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the research process
  • Demonstrate competence in written, verbal and digital communication skills at individual and collaborative levels
  • Develop skills in reflection, creative and critical thinking, fostering personal and professional growth
  • Demonstrate effective communication knowledge and skills to enable the building of therapeutic relationship
  • Recognise responsibility, accountability and autonomy within the role, function and scope of the practitioner in implementing evidence based practice
  • Exhibit the development of educational skills and commitment towards becoming a reflective practitioner committed to personal and professional development within lifelong learning
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent learning activities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of evidence based knowledge that informs contemporary practice and responds to the health needs of individuals across a variety of setting
  • Develop knowledge, attitude and skills to critically review research, audit findings and other evidence

Applicants for the BSc Nursing Studies programme must normally be in possession of:

  • A Diploma in Nursing (at level 7 or other internationally recognised equivalent) from a recognised institution, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement.
  • Candidates must be a registered nurse and provide evidence of a current registration with an appropriate Nursing/Midwifery Registration Board.
  • Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University.
  • The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

As our health services are constantly developing, nurses play a major contribution in developing and enhancing care to patients in acute and community settings. This programme provides graduates with the attitude, knowledge and skills to enhance practice leading to an internationally recognised level 8 academic degree.

Follow-on study

Graduates from this programme can pursue further study in nursing and healthcare. The University of Limerick has a variety of Postgraduate, Masters and PhD programmes in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery. Go to www.ul.ie/nm to find out more.

Laura Comber

I was always interested in working with people. Physiotherapy appealed to me as it allowed me to make a difference to peoples lives.

During transition year I spent a week on work experience with the Munster rugby team's physiotherapist in the UL Sports Arena. I instantly fell in love with the campus. From then on, I knew UL had to be my number one choice. Everything you need is on the university grounds or surrounding area.

Right from the beginning, there was a friendly atmosphere. Lecturers were approachable and the small class size helped us form good friendships. Everyone looked out for each other.

Over the four years, I have had six clinical placements. This is my favourite aspect of the course. These placements give you the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills you learn in college. Every placement is in a different setting and each one posed different challenges, making each experience as rewarding as the last.