UCC Undergraduate courses

Nursing Studies

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Nursing Studies

  • Code

    N/A

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time

  • Qualifications

    BSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    EU student: To be confirmed See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Registered Nurse or Midwife recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Outside Ireland - active registration as nurse in the professional register of their country of residence. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Application is now open

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    To be confirmed

Course Outline

The BSc Nursing Studies is a post-registration degree for registered nurses, set at level eight of the National Framework of Qualifications (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland, 2003).

On successful completion of this course, which is offered annually, you will be awarded a National University of Ireland Bachelor of Science (BSc) Nursing Studies degree.

The course is aimed at building on the foundations provided by pre-registration programmes and professional experience. It should appeal to students from a number of clinical areas and from management positions. It will provide an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge applicable to current practice in general and specialist areas. 

You can choose to complete the BSc Nursing Studies programme over one academic year (60 credits) or over two academic years (30 credits per year).

If you have completed flexi-option modules (at level 8 or above), you may also be eligible for exemption from some modules. Application for exemptions must be made at the time of application.

1-Year programme option (full-time)

The following modules (totalling 60 credits) must be completed:

NU4001 Nursing Theory and Science informing professional practice (10 Credits)

NU4016 Evidence-based Nursing Practice (10 Credits)

NU4108 Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Nursing and Healthcare (10 Credits)

NU4111 Leadership, management, ethical and legal accountability in nursing (10 credits)

NU4112 Nursing people with communicable and non-communicable diseases (10 Credits)

NU4113 Primary Health Care for Population Health (10 credits)

2-Year programme option (part-time)

You will take modules to the value of 60 credits over two years (30 credits per year).

Year 1 modules:

You will take modules to the value of 30 credits.

Core:

NU4016 Evidence-based Nursing Practice (10 credits)

Electives (to the value of 20 credits) from the following:

NU4001 Nursing Theory and Science informing professional practice (10 Credits)

NU4108 Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Nursing and Healthcare (10 Credits)

NU4111 Leadership, management, ethical and legal accountability in nursing (10 credits)

NU4112 Nursing people with communicable and non-communicable diseases (10 Credits)

NU4113 Primary Health Care for Population Health (10 credits)

Year 2 modules:

You will take modules to the value of 30 credits from the remaining elective modules from year 1.

See College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on the modules.

Course Practicalities

This course is designed to allow nurses and midwives to work and attend university simultaneously, to suit service, personal and academic requirements. However, some students allow themselves protected university time by taking unpaid study leave.

Students taking the one-year option will attend university for approximately 40 days in one academic year, with lectures given over three block weeks and a one-day-per-week release for the remaining time.

Students taking the two-year option will attend college depending on the core and elective modules selected to study in Years 1 and 2.

Assessment

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment including essays, critical literature reviews, in-class tests, a community project, a research project and a written paper.

Who teaches this course

  • Ms Michele Barry, College Lecturer
  • Dr Margaret Landers, College Lecturer
  • Dr Joan McCarthy, College Lecturer
  • Dr Vera McCarthy, College Lecturer
  • Dr Mairin O’Mahony, College Lecturer
  • Mr Lloyd Frank Philpott, College Lecturer
  • Dr Mohamad Saab, College Lecturer

Why Choose This Course

The course can be undertaken over a one- or two-year period while continuing to work in clinical practice. A wide range of teaching and learning strategies, including blended learning, are used. A variety of support networks are available to assist students in continuing their education at third level.

This course aims to build on the foundations provided by pre-registration nursing courses and professional experience. It fosters analytical and critical thinking skills, enabling qualified nurses to become more effective in clinical practice.

It promotes the idea of evidence-based practice by providing nurses with an awareness of nursing research and relevant research methodologies. The course will help you to develop self-directed learning skills and provide an opportunity for personal growth and development.

Skills and Careers Information

The course provides an opportunity for you to enhance and develop your knowledge of nursing and the science and theory supporting nursing practice. On completion of the course, you will be in a position to apply for further postgraduate education courses at certificate/postgraduate diploma or MSc level. For more details see here.

Requirements

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be Registered Nurses or Midwives recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Applicants from outside Ireland must hold active registration as a nurse in the professional register of their country of residence.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

The fee for the BSc Nursing Studies 1-Year programme in 2020 is to be confirmed. The fee for the 2-Year programme in 2020 is to be confirmed.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU applicants

Application is currently open. BSc Nursing 2020-21 Application form

Please return application form and all related documents by email to Richard.barry@ucc.ie 

Scanned copies of documents will suffice for now and we can verify these documents once the campus reopens.

Please do not post documents as staff will not have access to Campus for the foreseeable future due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

Non-EU applicants

Please visit the International Education Office website to apply.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

 

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

The closing date for non-EU applications is To be confirmed

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact

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