Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Address: Faculty of Education & Health Sciences Email: Telephone: +353 61 202271
Name: Anna Chatzi

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Brief Description

The programme aims to foster learning to practice both autonomously and collaboratively in a defined area of advanced practice, meeting national health policy reform in addressing population healthcare needs.

The programme provides a pathway, for registered nurses acknowledging academic achievements and clinical experiences of applicants to expand knowledge and skills personally and professionally. Theory and practice are integrated throughout the overall programme structure. The programme is student-centred, relevant, responsive and offers an innovative learning experience in realising the university’s vision of producing graduates who are ‘knowledgeable, proactive, creative, responsible, collaborative and articulate’ (UL graduate attributes) 

NM6011 and NM6001 programme specific modules support the development of an advanced practitioner, who is innovative at assessing and managing risk; has responsibility for decisions made, is person centred, an interconnected team worker collaborates with colleagues has leadership abilities and is a patient advocate. NM6013 and NM6014 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum 1 and 2 modules whereby students are practice based, as part of the normal working week and supervised by mentors as agreed in a service led agreement with HSE partners.

Semester 1 (21 ECTS credits)

Semester 2 (36 ECTS credits)

  • NM6001: Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance (9 Credits)
  • NM6011: Advanced Practice Decision Making for Health Professionals (12 Credits)


  • NS5251: Professional, Ethical, Legal and Interprofessional Dimensions to Nurse/Midwife Prescribing and practicum (9 credits)
  • NS5261: Drug Action and Prescribing and practicum (9 credits)
  • NM6002: Advanced Health Assessment (9 credits)
  • NS5281 & NS5282: Clinical Practicum 1 & 2 In Nurse/Midwife Prescribing (9 credits)

Year 2 (21 ECTS credits)

Semester 1 (9 ECTS credits)

Semester 2 (12 ECTS credits)

  • NM6013: Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Nursing) 1 (9 credits)
  • NM6014: Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum (Nursing) 2 (12 credits)

The PGD in Advanced practice (Nursing), meets the educational pathway as laid down by the Department of Health, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Advanced Practice (Nursing) Standards and Requirements (NMBI 2017) and University of Limerick curriculum regulations. This approach supports credentialing towards registration as an Advanced Practitioner

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a minimum of an MSc degree in Nursing. 
  2. Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the NMBI.  
  3.  Provide evidence of support from an employer  
  4. Must provide nomination and confirmation of a clinical supervisor (consultant or Advance Practice Nurse) (completed Site Declaration Forms in below section). 

    The Professional Mentor form should be filled out by an Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) or higher.

    The Clinical Mentor form should be filled out by a Consultant Doctor or Advanced Practice Nurse.

    The Director of Nursing Support form should be filled out by the Director of Nursing (DON)

  5. 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 (this must be within the past five years) with the equivalent of one year full-time experience in the specific area of practice Post Registration Clinical Experience (please complete and upload with your application).
  6. RPL Form

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • Completed Post Registration Clinical Experience Form
  • Your Site Declaration Forms x 3: Professional Mentor AgreementClinical Mentor Agreement,  Director of Nursing Support
  • 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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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.


Year 1 fees:

EU - €6,002 per annum

Non- EU - €6,002 per annum

Year 2 fees:

EU - €6,002 Per annum

Non- EU - €6,002 Per annum

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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