MSc Clinical Practice

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MSc Nursing (Clinical Practice) programme helps you to develop valuable knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical leadership and practical research methods that can be applied in the workplace. 

The MSc Nursing (Clinical Practice) programme helps you to develop valuable knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical leadership and practical research methods that can be applied in the workplace. 

We aim to give you a strong theoretical and practical foundation in leadership, health system dynamics and research methods, culminating in a dissertation focused on your practice context.

Careers & Employability

With your newly developed management and leadership skills, you can work in a health care environment in a number of areas including:

  • Management
  • Information Systems
  • Education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Practice Development

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

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

This programme is designed for holders of Level 9 Graduate Diploma (Specialist area) who wish to deepen and broaden their knowledge and expertise in order to act as clinical leaders in nursing.  Holders of level 8 Higher Diplomas should contact the School to discuss their options.

This programme's primary purpose is to support graduate students in enhancing their existing knowledge, skills and behaviors, in order to respond effectively to current and emerging Irish healthcare needs. This programme is designed for holders of Graduate Diplomas in Clinical Specialisms who wish to deepen and broaden their knowledge and expertise in order to act as clinical leaders in nursing or midwifery. The programme promotes an integrated, flexible, student-centered, 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 hospitals and other diverse clinical sites. This programme actively fosters informed, relevant, skilled, ethical, innovative, reflexive, careful, research-led clinical and educational practice, inorder 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-centered, 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, 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.


  • Apply best-practice care interventions, informed by accredited, evidence-based principles
  • Articulate a thorough understanding of the established principles of patient safety, leadership and quality care
  • Confirm an ability to self-appraise and to take responsibility for continuing academic and professional development
  • Consolidate and critically analyse emergency care knowledge, philosophy, behaviors’ and practice, informed by current healthcare practice, and contextualized in both health and social care
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of applied research across multiple care settings
  • Display comprehensive insight into healthcare, in the context of collaborative care delivery
  • Integrate enhanced knowledge and skills in the clinical practice arena

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This is a one (academic) year programme, delivered over 2 trimesters.


NMHS 44020 Evidence synthesis and translation (30 credit module)

MSc Clinical Practice (X701) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 5030
nonEU    fee per year - € 27720

***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:

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be registered as a  nurse on a live register

  • Applicants must be employed in clinical practice/management while undertaking the programme

  • Experience in management is desirable

  • Hold a Level 9 Graduate Diploma or Level 9 Higher Diploma in Nursing

Documents Required

  • Academic Transcripts including date and grading of Degree award (non UCD only)
  • Current photocopy of NMBI registration and PIN
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Pages of Passport (non UCD only)
  • 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:

MSc Nursing Clinical Practice PT (X701)
1 Years
Part Time

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