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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Professional Studies/Nursing Studies) Level 9
Course Code: INT33

Post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies) Level 9


Entry Requirements:
  • Be a registered nurse on the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.


  • Be registered on the appropriate allied health professional Register*


  • Be currently employed in healthcare or social care either in: clinical or social care practice/management/ research /education. Some modules may only be undertaken while working in a specific discipline related area such as nursing. This is specified in modules descriptions.

        Applicants will normally have gained:

  • A primary degree (health science/studies or social science/studies related) level 8 or evidence of equivalent academic credits. Students who do not have the aforementioned will be required to compile a portfolio to provide evidence of their ability to study at post-graduate level.
  • International students will require a degree of fluency in the English language. An overall score of 7 in the IELTS Exam ( for information on IELTS tests) is required.


*For those required to register with a professional body

If you have not undertaken formal study for some time and are concerned regarding your academic study and writing skills, you are strongly advised to  undertake the access module (Academic Writing and Learning Skills Module-available through the Centre for Lifelong Learning) prior to attempting any standalone modules.

Credits from standalone modules can be accrued towards the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing Studies/Professional Studies).

Some of our standalone modules are delivered through blended learning/e-learning allowing you the option of studying at your own pace in your own home.


All programme content must be completed within two to three years

Fees (euro):

Please see fees for individual modules.

Application Process:

To receive an Application Form please contact the Postgraduate Administrator below.

Kelly Baker
Department of Nursing, Health Sciences, and Disability Studies
St Angela's College
Lough Gill, Sligo

T: 071 9135612 E: 

Alternatively, you may download an Application Form from the Downloads tab.

Next Intake:

Programme modules commence at various times during the academic year. See individual modules for start dates and attendance dates. Please note: late applications will be considered and all modules run depending on sufficient numbers.



Closing Date: 2020-06-19

Programme Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing Studies/Professional Studies) programme.  It is a multidisciplinary programme, delivered on a part-time basis. This programme is appropriate for students who have already undertaken a primary degree or higher diploma (health science/studies or social science/studies related) at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, 2003). Students undertake a total of six modules at level 9 on the NFQ to gain a Postgraduate Diploma.

The model of delivery will allow potential students to study 2 modules (or more) per year on a standalone basis. Students who complete up to 6 modules within a 2-3-year timeframe will be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing Studies) if the student is a registered nurse, or Post Graduate Dipoma in Health Sciences (Professional Studies) if the student is an allied health care or social care professional. Students undertake the first 4 modules on a standalone basis and having completed 4 modules successfully they register for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing Studies/Professional Studies). Once students complete 6 modules within the 2-3-year timeframe, they gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing Studies/Professional Studies).

Many of our stand-alone modules are delivered through blended learning/e-learning allowing you the option of studying at your own pace in your own home.

Quality And Healthcare Management
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Therapeutic Communication
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Advanced Research Skills
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Behaviours that Challenge
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Healthcare Ethics
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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Health Sciences
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Advanced Wound Care Management
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Eating Disorders in Adults and Adolescents
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Assessing and Managing Clients Presenting Following Self-Harm
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Early Intervention for People Developing First Episode Psychosis
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Patient Safety in the Healthcare Setting
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Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
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Fundamentals of the Coaching Relationship
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Historical Perspectives in Disability Studies
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Principles of Healthcare Leadership
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Career Opportunities

Students are empowered to respond proactively to changes in their practice and work environment and become key drivers in the development of their professional practice. This programme provides a pathway to Masters level education required for multiple specialist roles including Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Contact Details

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