M.Sc. On Campus

Nursing (Older Person)

24 months
11968 EUR/year
4844 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The overall aim of the Nursing (Older Person) at University of Limerick 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 older person nursing.


About Nursing (Older Person) at University of Limerick

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 Nursing (Older Person) programme at University of Limerick 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 in older person nursing.

On completion of the programme the student will:

  • Critically examine evidence that informs best practice in the care of the older person in the context of gerontological care
  • Critically explore the philosophy of gerontological care and biopsychosocial perspectives on ageing, current trends and issues in ageing, complexities and challenges of nursing older people, person centred approaches to care, promotion of positive ageing
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of models of gerontology assessment and therapeutic interventions currently used in care of older persons
  • Apply critical thinking skills and ethical decision making required in practice
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written, verbal, and digital communication skills, at individual and collaborative levels
  • Critically examine the value of interdisciplinary collaboration in the provision of quality evidenced based care
  • Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in 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 gerontological practice
  • Apply critical thinking and reflective skills in promoting and advancing practice in gerontology
  • Appreciate the contribution of research in informing and advancing practice in gerontology


Successful completion of year one of the Masters in Nursing (Older Person) 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Health Research – Methods and Methodology             
  • Philosophical Underpinnings of Gerontology care 
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Promoting Quality and Safety in Health Care 
  • Managing and Co-ordinating of Gerontology Care 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

EU Applicants: Early application is advisable.


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A registered nurse on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  • Be engaged in practice as a registered nurse for at least one year
  • Students would normally possess a primary degree (Minimum 2H2) or show evidence of  recognized prior learning  (RPL) as outlined in  the (RPL) policy of the University and Department of Nursing and Midwifery - For information on RPL click here
  • Students are required to be working in an older person setting for the duration of the programme
  • Copy of birth certificate/passport
  • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
  • English language competency certificate
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland current registration certificate

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11968 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11968 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4844 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4844 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Limerick

850 - 1150 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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