24 months
15366 EUR/year
4941 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This Obesity (Nursing) programme at University of Galway for nurses provides a broad and comprehensive curriculum that is clinically relevant and that also has a strong theoretical basis. It has been developed in parallel with the MSc in Obesity, but has been adapted to meet the needs of nurses seeking to specialise in obesity care and is delivered through the School of Nursing.


Obesity is a major health problem, both for affected individuals and for society. There is a growing awareness of the need to provide effective treatments and prevention strategies. Our motivation in developing this programme at NUI Galway is two-fold: To inform better, evidence-based, compassionate and dignified nursing care to patients affected by obesity and related disorders and secondly to inform better population level strategies to mitigate the obesity epidemic.

This “two-pronged” approach is a strong theme throughout the programme, reflected in the two distinct obesity modules that form part of the core learning. Our students at Obesity (Nursing) programme at University of Galway will develop in-depth knowledge of the various therapeutic strategies available to patients and will understand the factors underlying variations in the obesity phenotype. Students will also appreciate the potential benefits and disadvantages of various population level strategies that can be formulated to address the obesity crisis, and the societal, political and legislative challenges faced in deploying these.


On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma / Masters of Health Sciences Obesity, which are Level 9 NFQ awards, a registered nurse would be eligible to apply for clinical nurse specialist roles in obesity care in the primary care or hospital setting, in line with HSE strategic priorities to develop a comprehensive clinical programme for obesity. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Obesity in the Population
  • Obesity in the Patient
  • Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice
  • Clinical Competence
  • Service Improvement
  • Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Prevention

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

To be considered for entry to the programme applicants must have a 2.1 degree and meet the following entry requirements:

  • be registered as a general nurse
  • hold an active general nursing registration
  • have a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience

However, there will be special consideration for cases where applicants have demonstrated aptitude for the course material through three years of high-level experience in an obesity-related field (relevant to their background). 

Candidates coming to Ireland from abroad, or who do not have a degree from Ireland or the UK, will be asked to provide evidence of an acceptable result in one of the recognised English language proficiency tests, e.g., IELTS total score of 6.5.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15366 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 15366 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4941 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 4941 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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