GradDip Nursing ICU

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

Critical care nursing requires an advanced knowledge base, skilled assessment, prompt intervention, and ongoing evaluation to care for the critically ill with complex needs. This course will provide the nurse with an opportunity to develop, enhance and maintain these specialist skills that are required to care for the critically ill.

Major Strengths

UCD has a long history of producing high-quality graduates

This programme enables graduates to be even more effective clinicians, change agents and clinical leaders in Critical Care

Access to clinical and university-based lecturers with national and international expertise from clinical, research and educational perspectives

The Programme employs a variety of innovative assessment strategies with a strong clinical focus

Extensive use of IT in supporting the teaching environment of the programme

Access to excellent facilities for lectures

Careers & Employability

The Graduate Diploma Critical Care Nursing: Intensive Care provides you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for caring for the critically ill. The key knowledge and skills gained on this Programme will also enable you to innovate and lead in your area of practice in Critical Care.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This programme is aimed at advancing the registered nurse’s repertoire of knowledge and skills for professional practice in the care of patients within the critical care environment.

  • Develop a greater understanding of the holistic principles which underpin the various aspects of critical care nursing particularly in relation to intensive care
  • Augment students' knowledge and appreciation of nursing theory and biopsychosocial sciences which underpin critical care nursing practice in intensive care
  • Provide students with an opportunity for personal growth and professional development
  • Develop skills to enhance their professional practice, including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication skills

View All Modules Here

The Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing – Intensive Care is a 60 ECTS programme offered over1-year full time (X547) or two years part-time (X745).

Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation/practical examination) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters.

There are two Core Modules (& year one of X745):

NMHS43260 Nursing Knowledge Philosophy and Practice (Autumn Trimester, 10 ECTS)

NMHS43270 Research Methods Applied to Healthcare (Spring Trimester, 10 ECTS)

Four Specialist Modules (& year two of X745):

NMHS 32440/42630 Core Concepts of ICU Nursing (Autumn Trimester, 10 ECTS) *

NMHS42770 Complex Critically Ill Patient (Spring Trimester, 10 ECTS)

NMHS42780 Chronically Critically Ill (Spring Trimester, 10 ECTS)

NMHS42520 Clinical Practicum (ICU) (Year Long Module, 10 ECTS)

*Please note that students are eligible to apply for exemption from NMHS 32440 based on successful completion of the following modules.

NMHS 32770: National Foundation Module in Critical Care Nursing

NMHS 31820 Foundation Intensive Care Nursing MMUH

NMHS32830 Foundation Intensive Care Nursing SVUH

GradDip Nursing ICU (X547) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 10150
nonEU    fee per year - € 19400

GradDip Nursing (X745) Part Time
EU          Year 1 - € 5240
nonEU    Year 1 - € 9850
EU          Year 2 - € 5060 aa
nonEU    Year 2 - € 9540 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2024 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2023/24
***Fees are subject to change


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Student Queries

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Application Fee

Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €60 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

More information about fees is available on the UCD website at the link below:


  • All applicants must hold a primary degree in Nursing (or equivalent in a related discipline)/RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) consideration if no degree

  • All applicants must be listed on the Register of Nurses and Midwives, which is maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

  • All applicants must have at least one year’s post-registration experience at the time of application

  • All applicants must be employed in intensive care nursing for the duration of the programme and work a minimum of 75 hours per month

  • Also, each student must provide documented evidence from the Director of Nursing in the clinical practice area, which guarantees ICU placement for the duration of the programme

Documents Required

  • Transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
  • Nurse applicants: A current photocopy of NMBI registration
  • Other health care professionals: A current photocopy of registration with professional registration body
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
  • Signed Declaration Form from Employer (original form)
  • Completed Professional Reference Form (original form)
  • Nurse applicants: Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL may be granted in respect of individual modules if applicants can demonstrate that the modules' learning outcomes have been achieved through prior credentialled or experiential learning. In some cases, where an applicant does not meet the prerequisites for entry to a programme, an RPL application may be considered. Further information can be found in respect of this here.



The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Nursing ICU FT (X547)
1 Years
Full Time
Grad Dip Nursing ICU PT (X745)
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised