Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
2 Years. This full time programme is taken on a part-time basis
Masters (MSc)
Level 9 Masters (MSc)
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Jill Murphy

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Brief Description

The overall aim of the MSc Nursing(Perioperative Care) programme is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to develop and enhance specialist level knowledge and skills in the area of perioperative nursing care. A key goal of this programme is to prepare nurses for the challenges of leading and delivering specialist/ advanced level perioperative care. Further information can be found on the Nursing and Midwifery webpage - click here

(M) Microcreds available:

Modules listed within the Programme Content with an (M) beside them are MicroCreds and can be taken independently.

The overall aim of the programme is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to enhance previously acquired professional education and develop critical inquiry, knowledge and skills, attributes and competencies in preparation for developing roles within nursing. Successful completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma) will provide students with the academic qualifications necessary to be considered for Clinical Nurse Specialist posts. Successful completion of year 2 (MSc) will provide students with the academic qualifications to be considered for Advanced Nursing Practice posts. The programme provides opportunities to explore research as evidence for enhancing and changing practice. The programme also provides opportunities for nurses to develop critical thinking and reflective skills at specialist and advanced practice levels. The programme will develop professional qualities and a high level of competence in the promotion of excellence and current best practice in the delivery and appraisal of advancing practice.

On completion of the programme the student will: 

  • Critically examine best practice in meeting the perioperative care needs of the surgical patient.
  • Critically evaluate philosophical concepts and evidence underpinning perioperative care.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of contemporary nursing skills in the assessment and management of patients in a perioperative environment.
  • Apply critical thinking skills and ethical decision making required for advancing practice.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written, verbal, and digital communication skills, at individual and collaborative levels.
  • Critically examine the value of multidisciplinary collaboration in the provision of safe and quality evidenced based perioperative care.
  • Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in perioperative practice.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process.
  • Demonstrate commitment to life-long learning while fostering self-development and self-evaluation.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for personal and professional development in advancing perioperative care.
  • Apply critical thinking and reflective skills in promoting and advancing perioperative practice.
  • Appreciate the contribution of research in informing and advancing practice within a perioperative setting.

This is a blended learning programme, taught both on campus and online.

For further details see: Schedule of Lectures:  Student Support - Schedule of Lectures

On successful completion of Year 1 of programme, students can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in MSc Nursing (Peri-Operative Care) 

Year 1 Autumn Semester

Year 1 Spring Semester

  • NS6038: Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare (12 credits)
  • NS6082: Managing and Co-ordinating Perioperative Nursing (9 credits)
  • NS6402: Clinical Practicum 2 (9 credits)

Year 2 Autumn Semester

Year 2 Spring Semester

  • NS6004: Dissertation 1 (9 credits)
  • NS6005: Dissertation 2 (21 credits)

(M) A MicroCred is a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking a micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award.

The programme is listed as full time but is taken on a part time basis. The 90 credit MSc in Nursing (Perioperative Care) consists of six modules in Year One (60 credits) and one research dissertation in Year 2 (30 credits). In year one students undertake two theory modules in each semester, (one specialist module in perioperative care and one core module)as well as one clinical practicum module in semesters one and two, a total of six modules in year one of the programme. As part of the clinical practicum modules students are required to fulfil 500 hours clinical practice time over the two semesters in year one, in addition to successfully completing specialist perioperative care competences. Students are required to attend in University for a total of 13 days in year one, one introductory day and 6 days lectures in the Autumn and Spring semesters.In year two students will be required to complete a small scale research project or a systematic review, or a practice based enquiry within a supported framework. Students will be required to attend for one introductory day in the Autumn semester of year 2. They will be assigned an academic supervisor and will meet as required with supervisor during completion of year 2.

  1. A registered nurse on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  2. Be engaged in practice as a registered nurse for at least one year
  3. Students would normally possess a primary degree (Minimum 2.2) or show evidence of  recognized prior learning  (RPL) as outlined in  the (RPL) policy of the University and Department of Nursing and Midwifery 
  4. Students are required to be working in a perioperative setting for the duration of the programme
  5. The MSc in Nursing (Perioperative Care) will be offered as a full-time programme but taken on a   part-time basis over two years with the option of an exit award on completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma). Students can also opt to progress to year two for the MSc award having attained a minimum QCA of 2.00 at the end of year one.

Garda Clearance is also required for this programme.

 Standard Degree Applicants/ Include with your application

  • Full degree transcript and certificates/awards
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland current registration certificate
  • Clinical Practice Environment Self-Assessment Audit Declaration
  • Copy of birth certificate or passport page
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
  • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
  • English language competency certificate

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Recognized Prior Learning Applicants/ who do not meet standard entry requirements / Include with your application

  • Copy of birth certificate( Long Document)/Passport
  • Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate
  • 1000 word typed Recognized Prior Learning  Statement
  • Copies of all certificates or diploma’s as part of prior learning to date
  • RPL Form 

Guidelines on Completing your Application
To ensure a speedy assessment of your application, please upload the above documents with your application form.
Please title appropriately any documents you are uploading with the application form, for example "Supporting Statement", "Undergraduate Transcript", "Postgraduate Transcript", "English Language Certificate" etc.

EU - €7,500 per annum*

Non- EU - €7,500 per annum*

*Please note year 2 fees are subject to change

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email

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Successful completion of year one of the Masters in Nursing (Perioperative Care) programme (Graduate Diploma award) will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for clinical nurse specialist posts. The MSc award on successful completion of year 2 will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for advanced practice posts