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Nursing (Palliative Care), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Limerick, Ireland
The overall aim of the Nursing (Palliative Care) programme 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 nursing.

Overview

Program Details

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 programme also provides opportunities for nurses to develop critical thinking and reflective skills at specialist and advanced practice levels.

The Nursing (Palliative Care) programme at University of Limerick 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.

On completion of the programme the student will:

  • Critically examine best practice in meeting the palliative care needs of patients and their families.
  • Critically evaluate philosophical concepts and the evidence underpinning palliative care.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of therapeutic interventions used in a palliative care context in disease and symptom management.
  • Apply critical thinking skills and ethical decision making required for advancing practice.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written, verbal, and digital communication skills at individual and collaborative levels.
  • Critically examine the value of multidisciplinary collaboration in the provision of quality evidenced based palliative care.
  • Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in practice.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning while fostering self-development and self-evaluation.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for personal and professional development in advancing palliative care.
  • Apply critical thinking and reflective skills in promoting and advancing palliative care practice.
  • Appreciate the contribution of research in informing and advancing practice within a palliative care setting.

Graduate Profile

The programme focuses on the care and support of patients with palliative needs and their families. Critical inquiry will be encouraged into all aspects of palliative care with due regard for the context of practice and the changing needs of palliative care patients and their families.

In addition to core modules supporting the acquisition of theoretical knowledge, students will explore how a philosophy of palliative care can underpin their practice in areas such as disease and symptom management, communication, grief and loss, spirituality, sexuality. Successful completion of the first year of the programme will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for clinical nurse specialist posts.

The MSc award will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for advanced nursing practice posts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Health Research – Methods and Methodology Clinical Practicum 
  • Philosophical Concepts Underpinning Palliative Care
  • Clinical Practicum 
  • Promoting Quality and Safety in Health Care 
  • Therapeutic Interventions in Palliative Care 
  • Clinical Practicum

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

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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 2.2) or show evidence of recognized prior learning (RPL) as outlined in the (RPL) policy of the university - For information on RPL click here
  • Students are required to be working in a practice setting where there are patients with pallitive care needs, for the duration of the programme
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11392 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11392 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4611 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4611 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Limerick

  • 850 - 1150 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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