The Master of Science is suitable for nurses who wish to complement their previous learning and build their academic and clinical profile within a specialist clinical field. The programme aims to empower the student to further enhance their acquired specialist knowledge and prepare them to act in more advanced clinical and leadership roles in the chosen clinical field, as service needs require. Students must register to undertake the Master of Science in Nursing within one of the seven areas of nursing as outlined by the Commission of Nursing (1998):
WD531: High Dependency Nursing (may be suitable for those working in areas such as coronary care, intensive therapy (psychiatry), neonatal intensive care nursing, renal nursing)
WD532: Rehabilitation and Habilitation Nursing (may be suitable for those working in areas such as care of the older adult, spinal injuries and palliative care nursing)
WD533: Medical Surgical Nursing (may be suitable for those working in areas such as oncology, infection control, stoma care, neurosciences and anesthesia nursing)
WD534: Maternal and Child Health Nursing (may be suitable for those working in areas such as parent craft, ultrasonography, paediatric cardiology and paediatric oncology nursing)
WD535: Community Health Nursing (may be suitable for those working in areas such as health education and health promotion, family development and community mental health services)
WD536: Mental Health Nursing (may be suitable for those working in areas such as addiction counselling and behaviour therapy)
WD537: Intellectual Disability Nursing (may be suitable for those working in areas such as sensory stimulation and challenging behaviour).
(Please note that these areas have separate course codes and applicants should ensure they use the correct code when applying).
The Master of Science in Nursing is a Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Category 2 approved programme. The Irish/EU fee for the Master of Science in Nursing is €3,450. Applicants may be eligible to apply for funding from the Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit (NMPDU). Further information regarding funding can be obtained from the NMPDU office Tel: 056-7785565 or 051-848691.
How to Apply
Applications for this programme can be submitted online at www.pac.ie
The programme form consists of two modules, equating to 60 credits at Level 9.
Research Project I (30 credits): The aim of this module is to prepare the student to undertake a systematic investigation of a clinical/practice issue in their chosen clinical field.
Research Project II (30 credits): The aim of this module is to enable the student to undertake a systematic investigation of a clinical/practice issue in their chosen clinical field (identified in Research Project I) and submit a research-based dissertation.
The Master of Science in Nursing programme is delivered on a fortnightly basis (Thursdays). Class time will be less than the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing programme, as research supervision and peer group sessions will be the predominant method of learning support.
Entry requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing:
Registered nurse/midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
Have successfully completed the requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma curriculum (60 credits level 9) at Merit 1/Second Class Honours (60%) or equivalent qualification from another Higher Education Institution (HEI).
A minimum of two years post registration experience. This must include no less than one year’s engagement (whole time equivalent) in the specialist area they choose to study.
Currently engaged in clinical practice - a minimum of 20 hours per week.
Support from their Director of Nursing and Clinical Nurse Manager.
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.
Confirmation of support & nomination of a Clinical Supervisor
A learning approach that is work located means it is important that we ensure students are supported in the practice area. Students will be required to obtain confirmation from their service manager that they will be supported in their chosen clinical field. It is also an expectation of the course that the student will nominate and obtain the consent of a senior clinician to act in the role of Clinical Supervisor.
Criteria for selection of a Clinical Supervisor:
Be willing to take on the role of clinical supervisor.
Have substantive experience at a senior clinical level in the student's chosen specialist clinical field.
Have completed a preceptorship course or have an equivalent qualification/recognised experience in teaching and assessing.
Have a recognised Level 9 postgraduate qualification in the student's specialist field.
‘Returning to academic studies after nine years as a working mother of four children, I needed to find a college course that would benefit my work/career, a college with good facilities and be accessible in terms of travel, In WIT, I found all three! While I found the Postgraduate Diploma in nursing challenging in many ways, completing the course provided me with the building blocks and confidence to pursue my area of interest to Masters level. The Masters programme in comparison was less challenging due to the programme schedule. By far the most valuable resource WIT has is its academic staff without whose support, guidance and friendship I would certainly not have succeeded or enjoyed the programmes as much. Overall I would say that studying at WIT has been really beneficial to me in many ways and would recommend it to any busy prospective student!’
Yvonne Murphy, Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing/Master of Science in Nursing (Mental Health Nursing)
‘The MSc in Nursing – Maternal and Child Health has equipped me with the skills, confidence and competence to research, develop and implement evidence based care within my practice area. The postgraduate course has allowed and encouraged me to identify a specific area for development within my chosen speciality. It has enabled and facilitated me to source and utilise quality literature, to interact with key professionals, to undertake a piece of research and therefore facilitate the successful implementation of updated and quality care in practice. Although requiring dedication and commitment the MSc Nursing course has provided me with an excellent foundation for developing both my academic and professional position and ultimately the provision of a meaningful and valuable contribution to both the patient and the clinical area’.