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Nursing Education (Master of Health Sciences)
The Master of Health Sciences (Nursing Education) [formerly Nursing/Midwifery Education (Masters)] aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become effective teachers/facilitators of student/client learning in both higher education and clinical settings. Theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of nursing practice; research methodology; practice development and conduct of research form the framework for reflection on practice and exploration of aspects of practice. Specialist modules address teaching methods, facilitating learning, assessment strategies and curriculum development.
The programme is part-time over two years and is 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 learning/teaching is delivered on-line through Blackboard, an interactive learning system which connects directly to the University from your home computer. Face-to-face learning/teaching takes the form of two or three workshops (depending on the module) each semester. Students will therefore attend for two or three days a semester, plus and Orientation Day prior to the commencement of the first year.
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Applications and Selections
Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Who Teaches this Course
School of Nursing and Midwifery
School of Nursing & Midwifery
National University of Ireland, Galway
Requirements and Assessment
Modules are assessed using a combination of course-work and teaching assessments.
All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- 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) must demonstrate that they have successfully completed (in the previous two years) a module at Level 9. Please consult the professional credit awards at Level 9 at: www.universityofgalway.ie/pca/pca.html;
- Be a registered nurse on the General, Mental Health, or Learning Disability Nurse divisions of the active register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland; or hold a professional nursing qualification deemed to be equivalent by University of Galway;
- Have practised as a nurse for three years post-registration (exclusive of post-registration/educational programmes);
- Have negotiated a Teaching placement in a third-level School/Department of Nursing Education or Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education establishment which will provide the opportunity to meet the teaching practice requirements of this programme.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
2 years, part-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes
31 May 2024
Mode of study
- Theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of nursing practice; research methodology and evidence based practice; practice development and conduct of research form the framework for reflection on practice and exploration of aspects of practice.
- Specialist modules address teaching methods, facilitating learning, assessment strategies and curriculum development.
- 100 hours of teaching practice is completed over the two years and is an integral part of the programme.
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (40 Credits)Optional RPL020: Recognised Prior Learning - 20 Credits - Semester 1
Required NU6507: Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required NU625: Teaching Effectively - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional RPL010: Recognised Prior Learning - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required NU644: Student-centred Teaching & Learning: Active Engagement Strategies - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Required NU332: Teaching Assessment I - 0 Credits - Semester 1
Required NU502: Advanced Research Methods - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (50 Credits)Required NU643: Teaching e-Portfolio - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Required NU6515: Research Dissertation - 30 Credits - Semester 3
Required NU597: Designing for Learning - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional RPL010: Recognised Prior Learning - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional RPL020: Recognised Prior Learning - 20 Credits - Semester 3
Optional RPL030: Recognised Prior Learning - 30 Credits - Semester 3
Required NU543: Teaching Assessment II - 0 Credits - Semester 3
Required NU544: Teaching Assessment III - 0 Credits - Semester 4
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates of this programme of study have found employment in various health service settings, 3rd level institutions of education, Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Education, Nursing Midwifery Practice Development Units and the private sector.
Who’s Suited to This Course
Transferable Skills Employers Value
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Student levy €105—payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here.
What Our Graduates Say
Smitha Joy | Graduate
This course is an excellent choice for students with an interest in a teaching career, as it offers a wide range of career opportunities in both higher education and clinical settings. After completing this course, I can confidently say that it successfully prepared me as a competent teacher and facilitator, as well as enhanced my personal & professional development. While the academic modules successfully prepare you to become an effective teacher to facilitate student-centred teaching & learning, the 100 hours of teaching practice give you opportunities to make use of different teaching methodologies including innovative technologies in clinical and higher education settings. This is my second course at NUI Galway, as I always enjoyed the student-friendly campus with excellent facilities. The faculties are always approachable and fully dedicated to students' needs. This year was completely different due to the covid pandemic, however, the support of our lecturers was invaluable to creating a safe & caring learning environment, which helped us to engage thoroughly throughout the programme. I had a great time and would highly recommend NUI Galway if you are considering this course.