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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 60 ECTs at Level 9 in health 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 or social care 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:

Download Application form and return to:

Postgraduate Administrator
Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies
St Angela's College
Lough Gill

T: 071-9135612

Next Intake:

This programme is not running for the 2020/2021 academic year

Programme Overview

The Master of Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies) is 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/studies or social science/studies related) programme at level 9 or equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Students apply for accreditation of prior learning for 60 ECTs for their Postgraduate Diploma qualification and then proceed for a further 60 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 Studies). Students who are non-nurses and hold a Postgraduate Diploma in health related 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.

See Module Details tab for all the attendance dates.


Dissertation Practicum



The aim of this module is to support and guide students in the practicalities of undertaking a 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.



Development of a Research Dissertation (20,000 Words). Students will be provided with individual supervision towards the development of the dissertation.


Dates for Module

 Wednesday 9th September 2020- Induction Day

 Thursday 10th September 2020

 Thursday 17th September 2020

 Thursday 24th September 2020

 Thursday 12th November 2020

 Thursday 19th February 2021


 Thursday 18th March 2021

 Thursday 29th April 2021



Further Information:
Dympna O'Connell
T:  071 9135611

Career Opportunities

The completion of the MHSc (Nursing/Professional Studies) will provide the student with a Masters qualification that will support many employment opportunities and promotion within nursing and allied helath professional practice, management, education, research, and specialism including a pathway to clinical nurse specialist.

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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