Course Overview

This programme is for all nurses caring for older people in acute, community or long-term care settings. The programme aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and competency to provide high quality care for older people that accords with the World Health Organisation (2003 pp.6–7) philosophy of gerontological nursing.

The programme is offered full-time over two calendar years. On completion of the six modules in 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 2nd year to complete the MSc programme.

It consists of both theoretical and clinical components. A blended learning approach is adopted in the delivery of this programme. Students are required to attend face to face workshops for an average 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, supporting students to integrate working full-time with study.

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.

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is via a combination of coursework and examinations.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

  1. Be registered as a nurse on the live register of An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hĒireann(NMBI) i.e. General, Psychiatric or Intellectual Disability Register.
  2. Be currently working in a setting that requires them to provide care for older people and have as a minimum six months clinical experience of working with this client group.
  3. Provide written evidence of support from the Director of Nursing for the duration of the programme.  
  4. Applicants who do not hold an honours degree or higher diploma (Level 8) may apply but will be required to submit a 1,000 word literature-based essay. This essay must be at the level expected of an honours degree candidate (Level 8).

 Top-up: (PAC code: GYM89)

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 and 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 Competency 1 
  • Clinical Competency 2 
  • Contemporary Issues in Gerontological Nursing  (10 credits—specialist)
  • Ageing and Older People: Biopsychosocial  Perspectives (10 credits—specialist)
  • Dementia Care: Transforming Practice  (10 credits—specialist)

Module details for GYM15—full-time
Module details for GYM89—top-up

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment and promotion opportunities nationally and internationally.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,500 (Yr1) & €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

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19
 EU Fees year 1: €6,500 and Year 2: €3,250.

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