24 months
15940 EUR/year
6950 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This Nursing - Acute Medicine programme at National University of Ireland, Galway aims to meet the educational needs of nurses working in an acute medical unit (AMU, AMAU, MAU), short stay unit or equivalent which cares for patients with acute medical conditions. 


About Nursing - Acute Medicine programme at National University of Ireland, Galway

Students are required to undertake their clinical practice in an approved clinical practice setting within Ireland, normally within the students' own work setting. Students may also be required to undertake additional placement(s) in order to meet the programme’s learning outcomes.

The full-time programme is offered full-time over two calendar years via blended learning which is a combination of on-line learning and face-to-face workshops. On completion of Year 1 students have the option of being awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or (if they have achieved the minimum 60% average mark across these modules) may progress onto the second year to complete the MSc programme.

A blended learning approach is adopted in the delivery of this programme. Students are required to attend face to face workshops for a total of 12 days across the programme. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours before completing this programme.

The Nursing - Acute Medicine course has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills. The programme is offered through a blended learning format—a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching. Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying. This course has category 2 approval by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). 


This course is particularly significant as the 2010 Report of the National Acute Medicine Programme (AMP) suggests a new approach to education and training with the development of acute medicine as a specialty for physicians, and the nursing and therapy professions. It further suggests that these nurses must consolidate and expand their knowledge and skills to meet the need for early detailed assessment and development of initial treatment plans. (HSE, 2010). In the future, there may be a demand for clinical nurse specialists and advanced nurse practitioners working in acute medicine, and graduates of this programme will be ideally placed to apply for these types of positions. 

Programme Structure

Courses include
  •  Principles & Practice of Acute Medical Nursing
  •  Recognising & Responding to Client Deterioration
  •  Service Improvement
  •  Clinical Competence 
  •  Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice
  •  Essential Physical Assessment Skills
  •  Advanced Research Methods
  •  Research Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines





Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours bachelor’s degree at NFQ Level 8 in nursing or a comparable qualification. Applicants who do not hold an honours degree or Higher Diploma (Level 8) must demonstrate that they have successfully completed (in the previous two years) a module at Level 9. Please consult the professional credit awards at Level 9;
  • Written evidence of support for the applicant from their Director of Nursing and clinical unit manager;
  • Minimum academic and/or professional qualifications and standards required, together with any equivalence that may apply;
  • Students must work in the clinical area for the duration of the programme. Clinical requirements for completion of the programme are to pass two clinical competencies and are required to complete a minimum of 500 hours (reduced from previously-published 1,000 hours, on NMBI advice) in an acute medical unit or equivalent setting as deemed by the programme director.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15940 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15940 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6950 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6950 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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