The Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, Ireland offer one calendar year, level 8, intense full time, BSc Nursing Studies programme, for international students who are registered nurses. University of Limerick prides itself in offering the best student experience, outstanding student support structures and state of the art learning and teaching resources. The University of Limerick fosters a learning environment that is committed to developing graduates with the attributes to be knowledgeable, creative, articulate and responsive. The theoretical programme is designed to build upon students' existing knowledge and experience 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 a local and global level.  The programme aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding for students in progressing from diploma to degree level. The professional attributes of responsibility, accountability and commitment to quality improvement, research awareness, reflection and continuous professional development underpin the programme.

In recognising the importance of integration and intercultural learning, some modules are co-scheduled with students studying on other BSc Nursing programmes, while at the same time supporting individual learning needs. The curriculum reflects current evidence, research-based education theory and healthcare practice and is designed to be dynamic and flexible to respond to change affecting professional, educational, health, social-economic issues and global issues.  A full range of interactive learning and teaching strategies are used across the delivery of the full-time programme. Students are expected to attend all scheduled taught sessions, which equate to approximately 20 hours of contact per week as well as engage in directed and self-directed learning activities.  The programme also recognises the need to ensure that adequate support structures and learning and teaching resources are in place to ensure the student is adequately supported in their personal, academic and professional development. For example; weekly sessions in academic reading and writing, academic writing sessions facilitated by the Academic Writing Centre, English Language sessions facilitated by the University of Limerick Language Centre, study skills, presentation and digital skills are scheduled.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3

NM4011 Principles for Contemporary Nursing Studies (6)

NM4161 Communication and Interpersonal relationships in Nursing and Midwifery (6)

BN4077 Leading and Managing n Quality Practice (6)

NM4091 Philosophies underpinning person centred Nursing 93)

AW6001 Academic Literacies (3)

NM4092 Introduction to Health and Health Promotion

NM4104 Law and Ethics for Nurses and Midwifery Practice (6)

NS4082 Nursing Research Project 1 (6)

NS4083 Nursing Research Project 2 (12)

For entry to the BSc Nursing Studies programme all candidates must:

  • be in possession of a Diploma in Nursing (at level 7 or equivalent) from a recognised institution
  • be a registered nurse and provide evidence of registration with an appropriate Nursing/Midwifery Registration Board.
English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

  • Students must hold 65% or above in English in Standard X and XII secondary examinations and Diploma transcripts must state English OR is the medium of instruction throughout Diploma.


  • If a student does not satisfy this they must hold either: - IELTS of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any component OR Internet Based TOEFL of 80 or above or Paper Based TOEFL of 550 or above

Please contact the International Education Division to request an application form. All completed application forms must be returned to the International Education Division, together with:

  • Diploma transcripts for each year of study,
  • Evidence of current nursing registration
  • Evidence of meeting the English language requirements.

The closing date for receiving applications is July 1st.

Tuition Fee:
For current tuition fees please visit the Tuition Fees webpage.
For further details please contact the Fees Office at

Scholarship opportunities:
Scholarship opportunities may be available for prospective students. These scholarships will be based on student academic merit.

Dr Kathleen Markey

Course Director, International Programmes
Department of Nursing & Midwifery,
Faculty of Education & Health Sciences,
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
T: 00353-61-234355

BSc Nursing Studies (for International Students)

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