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Master of Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies) Level 9
Course Code: INT32

Master of Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies)

Entry Requirements:


Applicants will normally have gained:


  • A Post Graduate Diploma: for 90 ECTs at Level 9 in health/disability/social related studies or evidence of equivalent academic credits achieving an overall mark of 60%;


  • Have successfully completed a postgraduate level 9 research module (or equivalent learning) and have achieved an assessment grade of 60% on this module specifically;



  • Be a registered nurse/midwife on the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland;


  • Be registered on another allied healthcare professional register* as appropriate;


  • Be currently employed in some aspect of health/disability or social care delivery e.g. care delivery, education, policy development, management, and associated support services.
  • International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. A score of 6.5 in the IELTS Exam ( for information on IELTS tests) is required. This equates to a score of 570 in TOEFL



One Calendar Year/part-time

Fees (euro):


Application Process:

Closing date Friday 9th June 2018 - late applications may be accepted
Download Application form and return to:
Louise McMonagle
Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies
St Angela's College
Lough Gill
T: 071-9135612

Next Intake:

September 2018

Closing Date: 2018-06-09

Programme Overview

The Master of Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies) a multidisciplinary, 120 ECT programme, delivered part time, over one calendar year, commencing in September.  It is appropriate for students who have already undertaken a Postgraduate Diploma (health science related) programme at level 9 or equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Students apply for accreditation of prior learning for 90 ECTs for their Postgraduate Diploma qualification and then proceed for a further 90 ECTs at level 9 toward the award of Master of Health Sciences award. 

Students who are nurses and already hold a Postgraduate Diploma in a nursing studies/nursing specialist area (such as: Nursing Studies/Oncology Nursing; Intensive Care Nursing; Community Mental Health Nursing), on successful completion of the programme will receive the award of Master of Health Sciences (Nursing). Students who non-nurses and hold a Postgraduate Diploma in health/disability/social studies or sciences (such as Professional Studies or Healthcare Quality Studies), on successful completion of the programme will receive the award of Master of Health Sciences (Professional Studies).

Each student will undertake one module: Research Dissertation Practicum. This module will run over one calendar year commencing in September.  In total the programme will be worth 120 ECTS.

Induction Day: Thurdsay 6th September 2018

Attendance at college on the following dates:

Friday 14th September 2018

Friday 28th September 2018

Friday 12th October 2018

Friday 23rd November 2018

Friday 22nd January 2019

Friday 22nd February 2019

Friday 29th March 2019

Friday 31st May 2019



Dissertation Practicum



The aim of this module is to support and guide students in the practicalities of undertaking an original research study so that their research question is answered in a rigorous succinct manner and that can contribute to the body of knowledge in their chosen subject area. It will provide students with a forum to explore their own and other students approach to the research endeavour and will address through group work and individual supervision the challenges of conducting research at Master's level. The module will culminate in the undertaking of an independent research study.



Development of a Research Dissertation (30,000 Words). Students will be provided with individual supervision towards the development of the dissertation.


Dates for Module

This module is delivered over a 5 month period between January and June in semester two of the programme. Workshops will be run in relation to aspects of the dissertation and students can choose the workshops that best suit them for their chosen research methodology.

Friday, 20th January 2017

Friday, 27th January 2017

Friday, 24th February 2017

Friday, 28th April 2017

Friday, 12th May 2017

Friday, 2nd June 2017


Application Process

Please see the downloads section for application details or you can contact:

Postgraduate Administrator

Louise McMonagle

T: 071-9135612



Further Information:
Dympna O'Connell
T:  071 91 35 611

Career Opportunities

The completion of the MHSc will provide the student with a Masters qualification that will support many employment opportunities and promotion within nursing practice, management, education, research, and specialism including a pathway to advanced practice.

Contact Details

Ms Dympna O'Connell
Department of Nursing & Health Studies
St Angela’s College
Lough Gill
T: 071 9135611
E: Dympna O'Connell:

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