MSc/PDipSc On Campus

Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety

24 months
9000 EUR/year
5500 EUR/year
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Completing a MSc Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety at National University of Ireland, Galway encompasses manikin based training for teamworking, task trainers for procedural skills, simulated persons for communication skills and virtual /augmented reality.


About Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety at National University of Ireland, Galway

Healthcare simulation is the modern way to educate healthcare providers to achieve high performance and to improve patient safety.

By completing the Diploma, you will learn how to use simulation in your own practice to deliver better safer healthcare. You will also learn how to use healthcare simulation for quality improvement, systems and process testing and for facilities planning. By completing the Masters programme you will go on to understand how to use simulation for research and how it can support research.


The main goal of the course is to develop expertise in design and implementation of healthcare simulation. This will allow you to become a leader in education and open up opportunities in senior academic posts within healthcare. For those with an interest in patient safety, you will gain expertise in human factors and how healthcare processes can be improved. If running a simulation centre, you will develop skills in stakeholder engagement and demonstrating a return on investment allowing you to progress to senior management positions within organisations.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • simulation based education
  • Simulation with manikin and task based trainers
  • Standardised patients, virtual patients, and hybrid simulation
  • Human factors and patient safety in simulation
  • Uses of medical and healthcare simulation beyond education
  • Running an effective simulation based education programme

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS

PDipSc 60 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8 in a relevant healthcare discipline (e.g., medicine, nursing, speech and language therapy, pharmacy), although applicants with evidence of at least three years’ equivalent professional/academic experience will be considered (e.g., emergency medicine technicians, simulation technicians).
  • A demonstrated proficiency in English.
  • Previous experience, or an academic qualification, in the education and teaching of healthcare professionals.
  • A demonstrated interest in simulation.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5500 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Galway

800 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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