Course Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Emergency Care) is designed for registered nurses who wish to pursue a specialism in Emergency Nursing.

Students are required to undertake their clinical practice in an approved clinical practice setting within Ireland, normally within the students' own work setting. Students may also be required to undertake additional placement(s) in order to meet the programme’s learning outcomes.

The programme is offered full-time over two calendar years via blended learning which is a combination of on-line learning and face-to-face workshops. On completion of Year 1 students have the option of being awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or (if they have achieved the minimum 60% average mark across these modules) may progress onto the second year to complete the MSc programme.

A blended learning approach is adopted in the delivery of this programme. Students are required to attend face to face workshops for a total of 12 days across the programme. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours before completing this programme.


The course has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills. The programme is offered through a blended learning format—a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching. Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying. This course is currently undergoing approval by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

See full staff list here.

  • Yvonne Conway MSc, BNS, RNT, RGN, Cert. Emergency
  • Deirdre Fitzgerald BNS, RGN, RSCN

Requirements and Assessment

Modules are assessed using a combination of coursework and teaching assessments.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  1. Be a registered nurse on the General Nurse division of the Register maintained by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  2. Have a minimum of one year post-registration experience (exclusive of post-registration courses). 
  3. Currently employed as a nurse in an Emergency Department Setting.  Applicants must have as a minimum six months clinical experience in this specialist area. 
  4. Students must work in the clinical area for the duration of the programme. Clinical requirements for completion of the programme are to pass two clinical competencies and complete a minimum of 1000 hours in an emergency department setting.
  5. Have an Honours Bachelor’s degree at NFQ Level 8 in nursing or a comparable qualification. Applicants who do not hold an Honours degree or Higher Diploma (Level 8) may apply but must clearly demonstrate their capacity to complete a programme at this level. In addition are required to submit a 1,000 word literature based essay on a topic relevant to emergency nursing. To be considered for admission, this essay must be at the level expected of an honours degree candidate (Level 8).
  6. Provide written support from their employer that they will be able to access this client group across the programme.
  7. Students must work in the clinical area for the duration of the programme. 

Top Up: (PAC code: GYM82)

Applicants who have completed a specialist nursing PGDip and who have attained at least 60%  in their final mark are eligible to apply for year two of our specialist masters programmes via the link below.  Please contact the programme leader directly to discuss your eligibility (additional requirements may apply).

Additional Requirements


2 years, full-time (option to leave with PDip after 1 year)

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Blended learning & workshops.

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

Students will complete 3 core and 3 specialist modules in the 1st year (60 ECTS). Eligible students will then complete a research dissertation (30 ECTS) in the 2nd year.


  • Service Improvement (10 credits—core) 
  • Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice (10 credits—core)
  • Advanced Research Methods (10 credits—core) 
  • Clinical Assessment 1
  • Clinical Assessment 2
  • Specialist Module 1 (Medical Emergencies) (10 credits—specialist)
  • Specialist Module 2 (Major Trauma and Surgical Emergencies) (10 credits—specialist) 
  • Specialist Module 3 (Special Patient Populations) ) (10 credits—specialist)

Module details for GYM13—full-time
Module details for GYM82—top-up

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment in the health services, and in private hospitals and clinics.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,500 (Yr 1) & €3,250 (Yr 2) 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€6,276 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

EU fees Year 1 (1PEC1):  €6,500 and Year 2 (2PEC2):  €3,250.

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