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Advanced Practice (Nursing) - MSc

Course Details


Available: Part- Time

Duration: 2 Years.

Award: Postgraduate

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Margaret Graham
Dept. of Nursing & Midwifery
+353 61 202271
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Brief Description

The MSc Advanced Practice (Nursing) provides registered nurses with opportunities to expand knowledge and skills personally and professionally, to practice both autonomously and collaboratively in a defined area of advanced nursing practice, meeting national health policy reform in addressing population healthcare needs.

The benefits of advanced nursing are extensively  evident  in both national and international literature (Department of Health 2017). The programme is in keeping with global developments in nursing, offering  a career pathway for graduate nurses  who meet the criteria. Further information can be found on the Nursing and Midwifery webpage - click here



The MSc Advanced Practice (Nursing) provides registered nurses with opportunities to expand knowledge and skills personally and professionally, to practice both autonomously and collaboratively in a defined area of advanced nursing practice, meeting national health policy reform in addressing population healthcare needs. This programme was developed in collaboration within a Consortium that includes 5 universities; UCD, UCC, NUIG, TCD, and UL.

The part-time Level 9 programme offers a range of modules supporting the development of an advanced practitioner, who is innovative at assessing and managing risk; has responsibility for decisions made, is research active, is person centred, an interconnected team worker and patient advocate. Theory and practice are integrated throughout the programme. On completion, students will be eligible to apply for registration as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and a Registered Nurse Prescriber (RNP) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

Advantages of studying in UL

  • Excellent library facilities
  • Dedicated student supports (Writing Centre, Blended learning and Student centre)
  • The supervisor provides the student with academic supervision and supports
  • Supervised Research Project in year 2

Programme pathways are intended to be individualised and flexible and learning experiences are designed to be  interactive, interweaving theory and practice. Blended learning is central to programme delivery, supporting interaction with traditional face-to-face classroom and flexibility and access to resources at any time or venue by remote access via computer, mobile device, or virtual classroom. Usually students attend for seven days in Autumn, Semester 1 (details to be finalised).

Students will be based in practice throughout the programme and are required to complete the practice requirements as stipulated by NMBI (2018) Each student will be under the guidance and clinical supervision of an experienced practitioner, providing learning opportunities and completion of clinical competencies, formalised through a completed Site Declaration Form.

Year 1 Autumn Year 2 Autumn
NS6036 Health Research Methods/Methodology (12 Credits)
NM6001 Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance (9 Credits)
NM6011 Advanced Practice Decision Making for Health Professionals (12 credits)
NS6004 Dissertation 1 (9 Credits)
NM6013 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Nursing) 1 (9 Credits)
Year 1 Spring Year 2 Spring
NS5251 Professional, Ethical, Legal and Interpersonal Dimensions to Nurse/Midwife Prescribing (9 Credits)
NS5261 Drug Action and Prescribing (9 Credits)
NM6002 Advanced Health Assessment (9 Credits) Clinical Practicum in Nursing/Midwifery Prescribing 1& 2 (9 Credits) (Spring & Summer Semester)
NS6005 Dissertation 2 (21 Credits)
NM6014 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Nursing) 2 (12 Credits)

Applicants must have a minimum of an honours primary degree in Nursing with a minimum award of 2h2 (level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland recognised ) or equivalent. Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the NMBI. Recognition of appropriate prior learning. Provide evidence of support from an employer and completed Site Declaration Forms.

Applicants must comply with current minimum entry requirements for admission to the programme of education for nurse/midwife prescribing; the candidate must have three years’ recent post registration clinical experience in nursing (this must be within the past five years) with the equivalent of one-year full-time experience in the specific area of practice.
Must provide nomination and confirmation of a clinical supervisor (completed Site Declaration Forms).

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • English language qualification if English is not your first language
  • Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English. 
  • NMBI registration certificate
  • Your Site Declaration Forms x 3: Professional Mentor Agreement, Clinical Mentor AgreementDirector of Nursing Support
  • A copy of your birth certificate/passport (showing your legal name)    

Minimum Language Requirements

Where an applicant's first language is neither English nor Irish, excellent use of one of these languages must be demonstrated (either by having completed a degree in an English or Irish speaking country or by passing the International English Language Testing System exam, Academic Format, with an overall grade level of at least 6.5 (IELTS) and no score below 6 in any individual part).

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

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The programme offers students an opportunity to interweave practice and theory in advancing personal and professional development within the scope of their discipline.
Knowledge generated will further expand an ability to articulate and collaborate in delivering effective woman-centred, evidence based practice utilising strategies for optimum care delivery. 

Fostering insights into the unique contribution of advanced practice will inform responsible and accountable proactive responses to individual and population health care reform. Advanced practitioners undertake advanced health assessments informing decision making and guiding interventions in consultation within multidisciplinary teams.