Course Overview

This programme is designed for registered nurses who wish to pursue a specialism in Intensive  Care Nursing. This programme is offered full-time over two calendar years. Taught components of the programme are delivered in a blended learning format. Blended learning is an innovative teaching strategy which involves a combination of face-to-face and on-line learning. This means that most learning/teaching will be delivered on-line through Blackboard, an interactive learning system which connects directly to the University from your own home computer. Students are required to attend face to face workshops for a total of 12 days across the programme. The programme is comprised of six theory /practice modules. In all modules there is an emphasis on exploring the relevance of module content to practice, similarly, practice placements allow students to explore “new” knowledge in practice, enabling them an opportunity to integrate theory and practice.

Students are required to undertake their clinical practice in an approved clinical practice setting within Ireland normally within the students own work setting. Where the environment does not provide sufficient opportunities to meet the learning outcomes of the programme additional placements will be required by t he student in sites which will provide t he experience needed. A minimum  of 1,000 clinical hours need to be completed in the specialist area while undertaking the programme.


The course is approved by An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann and 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.

Applications and Selections

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

Who Teaches this Course

  • Frances Farrelly, M.Sc., BNS, RGN, RNT
  • Christine Sheehan BSN ,CCRN, MSc.
  • Ann Sheehan MSc , MHSc, MSc (Education), BSN, RNT, Certificate (Intensive Care Nursing) , RM,RGN
  • Bernard McCarthy, Dip.Nurse Mgt. (RCSI), Cert. Adult. Ed. (City & Guilds), B.Sc. (South Bank), C.Q.A.M. (GMIT), M.Sc. (Dub.)
  • Sinead Hahessy, RGN, B.A., M.A. (Soc.Sc). Pg Cert in Teaching and Learning

See full staff list here.

Requirements and Assessment

Modules are assessed using a combination of coursework and examinations.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  1. Be a registered nurse on the General division of the Register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann.
  2.  Have a minimum of six months post-registration experience (exclusive of post-registration courses);
  3.  Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., Intensive Care, and have as a minimum six months clinical experience in this specialist area.
  4. Have an honours degree or equivalent (Level 8).

Applicants who hold neither an honours degree nor higher diploma (Level 8) may apply but must clearly demonstrated their capacity to undertake a programme at this level. In addition to the requirements outlined above these applicants are expected to submit a 1,000-word literature based essay on a topic relevant to their specialist area. To be considered for admission this essay must be judged equivalent to an honours degree (Level 8).


Top Up: (PAC code: GYM90)


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

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

10 (minimum)

Closing Date

Please see the review/closing dates for further information.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Blended learning & workshops.

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline


  • Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice (10 credits core)
  • Advanced Research Methods (10 credits)
  • Intensive Care  Nursing 1: (10 credits)
  • Intensive Care Nursing 2: (10 credits)
  • Intensive Care Nursing 3:  (10 credits)
  • Service Improvement: (10 credits)
  • Clinical Assessment  1
  • Clinical Assessment  2

Module details for GYM16—full-time
Module details for GYM90—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 p.a. 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
GYM90 (1MDI3) Top-up EU Fee €3,250 p.a.; NON EU Fee €13,750 p.a.
GYM16 (1MDI1) EU Fee €6,500 p.a.; NON EU Fee €13,750 p.a.

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