Course Overview

This programme is designed for registered general nurses who wish to pursue a specialism in oncology 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. 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.

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. Be currently working in an approved oncology care setting and have as a minimum six months clinical experience in this specialist area. 
  4. Satisfy the selection panel that they have the ability to complete the programme. 
  5. 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.
  6. Provide written support from their employer that they will be able to access this client group across the programme.

In addition to the other requirements outlined above, these applicants are required to submit a 1,000 word literature based essay on a topic relevant to oncology nursing. To be considered for admission, this essay must be at the level expected of an honours degree candidate (Level 8).

Top-up (PAC Code GYM85)

Applicants who have completed a specialist nursing PGDip in the previous 3 years 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 
  • Experiencing Cancer (10 credits—specialist)
  • The Cancer Trajectory (10 credits—specialist)
  • Caner Management  (10 credits—specialist)

Module details for the full time course

Module details for the top up course

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment and promotion opportunities nationally and internationally in clinical nurse specialist roles and clinical trials (oncology).

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,500 p.a. 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

 GYM19:  €6,500 year 1 and €3,250 year 2.

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