GradDip Emergency Nursing (Children)

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems In partnership with Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and the Children’s University Hospital.

The Graduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing(Children) programme runs in partnership with UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, and Children Health Ireland. This programme aims to build upon and advance the emergency nurse’s repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and professional values. This programme will build on your existing knowledge and skills in caring for infants, children and young people within the paediatric emergency care settings. This training will enhance advanced knowledge of the nursing staff working in the paediatric emergency settings and enable them to utilise a range of therapeutic interventions and enhance their ability to review differing approaches and trends in the care and treatment of infants, children, young people and their families in paediatric emergency settings.

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

The Graduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing(Children) is either one-year(full-time) or 2 years (part-time), which is designed to meet the professional educational needs of registered nurses caring for children and adolescents within the emergency department setting. It aims to advance your professional awareness, commitment, responsibility, and accountability in paediatric emergency care nursing. 

  • It will build on your existing knowledge and skills in caring for acutely ill or injured children who present to the emergency department
  • It will provide you with the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and professional values for the advancement of your role in the care of children and their families in emergency care, including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making, and communication

This programme's primary purpose is to support graduate students in enhancing their existing knowledge, skills and behaviours, in order to respond effectively to current and emerginh Irish emergency department attendees' urgent/unscheduled healthcare needs. The programme promotes an integrated, flexible, student-centred, patient-focused, and dynamic approach to learning, in order to enrich students' continuous professional and societal contribution, and their personal development; it has sound, cohesive, academic and clinical foundations, augmented by expert and enthusiastic discipline-specific educators, in a positive and beneficial partnership with affiliated diverse clinical sites. This programme actively fosters informed, relevant, skilled, ethical, innovative, reflexive, careful and research-led clinical and educational practice, so as to develop 'fit-for-purpose professional practitioners and dynamic leaders in this complex and challenging field; it aspires to develop skilled, knowledgeable, aware, thoughtful, questioning and balanced practitioners, who demonstrate a clear sense of professional identity, commitment, responsibility, accountability and judicial decision-making aptitude, as well as vibrant inter-and-intra disciplinary team working capability.    

A wide variety of current, validated, pedagogical approaches and innovative, creative, technologies are integrated and utilised in this programme, to ensure excellence in all teaching and learning processes and to enhance the overall student experience; educational activities are entirely student-centred, incremental and aligned, and assessments are carefully-planned, timely and appropriate; the comprehensive engagement of our clinical partner sites in this programme's design and delivery and the resultant valuable student learning opportunities, are major strengths. Learning takes place in multiple environments across the university and clinical practice environments, and is facilitated by an established culture of respect and responsiveness, to meet current and emerging student, professional, and health systems' needs. The programme is delivered by experts in the fields of scholarship, education, practice discipline and professional standing, and patient advocacy; this ensures that learners experience a coherent, cumulative, research-based educational programme that meets all academic and professional regulatory standards and requirements, as well as societal and social justice exigencies. This is the only national graduate children's emergency nursing programme available in Ireland, with a sizeable student cohort from diverse emergency departments nation-wide, and is run continuously every year, for the past two decades.

On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Emergency Nursing from UCD’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems.  The programme is recognised nationally and internationally and is a highly regarded qualification.  With it, you will be well-positioned to work in a variety of paediatric emergency care settings both nationally and internationally. Many of our graduates are now working in diverse roles such as nurse managers, educators, researchers and advanced practitioners.

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The course may be taken over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation/practical examination/online discussion boards) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters. Students will attend college one day per week and learning experiences are also undertaken in planned block weeks of study, at local hospital sites.


You will complete six modules in total, including two core modules and four specialist modules.

Core Modules:

NMHS42230  - Leadership and Organisational Dynamics (Autumn Trimester)

NMHS43270  - Research Methods Applied to Healthcare (Spring Trimester)

Specialist Modules:

NMHS42470 Acutely Ill Child (Autumn Trimester)

NMHS42430 Acutely Injured Child (Spring Trimester)

NMHS42470 Child with Specific Needs (Spring Trimester)

NMHS42480 Clinical Practicum (Paed EN) (Autumn and Spring Trimester)

GradDip Emergency Nursing (Children) (X615) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9670
nonEU    fee per year - € 18480

GradDip Emergency Nursing (Children) (X752) Part Time
EU          Year 1 - € 4990
nonEU    Year 1 - € 9380
EU          Year 2 - € 4820 aa
nonEU    Year 2 - € 9090 aa

aaSecond Year Fee applies to Students in 2nd Year in 2023 and who were a 1st Year Student on the programme in 2022/23
***Fees are subject to change


If the fees for your programme are being paid by a third party (full or partial), please ensure your funding organisation/sponsor/hospital contacts Please note this is not a student facing email address.

Student Queries

If you have any queries about your fees, please contact the Student Desk:

Application Fee

Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €50 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:


  • Registered with NMBI as a Registered General Nurse* or registered Children’s Nurse.

  • Have at least 12 month’s experience in emergency nursing care.

  • Currently employed in an ED where children also attend.

  • Other criteria include previous experience and evidence of ongoing professional development.

  • Every application is reviewed on an individual basis – extra clinical placements may be required.

  • *If you are an RGN - you must identify a Preceptor/Mentor in your own clinical site who has an RCN qualification/who has completed a Higher/Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Emergency Nursing.

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
  • Nurse applicants: Completed Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee
  • Other health care professionals: A current photocopy of registration with professional registration body
  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate or photocopy of Personal Page of Passport
  • Signed Declaration Form by Employer 
  • Completed Professional Reference Form
  • 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 Emergency Nursing (Children) FT (X615)
1 Years
Full Time
Grad Dip Emergency Nursing (Children) PT (X752)
2 Years
Part Time

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