MSc Critical Care Nursing

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 100)

This programme is designed for UCD Graduate diplomas holders in the following specialities: Critical Care–Intensive Care, Critical Care Cardiovascular, Heart Failure Nursing, Paediatric Critical Care and Peri-Operative Nursing.

This exciting programme will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills in advanced health assessment of critically ill patients. You will also get the opportunity to explore and address research questions that arise in your clinical practice.

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. Yes

This programme is designed for holders of UCD Graduate Diplomas in the following specialities: Critical Care–Intensive Care, Critical Care-Cardiovascular, Heart Failure Nursing, Paediatric Critical Care and Peri-Operative Nursing.

Holders of Level 8 Higher Diplomas should contact the School to discuss their options.

  • Appraise their contribution to advancing nursing knowledge through the process of research activities, dissemination and utilisation.
  • Critically analyse and apply research findings informed by accredited, evidence-based principles.
  • Demonstrate the ability to formulate judgments that reflect on the wider disciplinary, scientific, professional and ethical issues linked to critical care nursing.
  • Integrate knowledge of advanced health assessment, comprehensive health history, critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills in the management of the critically ill patient.
  • On Successful completion of this programme students should be able to: Be an independent learner, recognising the value of lifelong learning and able to use critical questioning, reflection and decision making to build on personal and professional scholarship.
  • Use technology effectively to enhance personal and professional development and practice, and the delivery of safe, evidence based healthcare

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The MSc Critical Care programme consists of one module:

Autumn & Spring Trimester: NMHS44020 Master’s dissertation: Evidence Synthesis and Translation (30 credits)

MSc Critical Care Nursing (X726) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7370
nonEU    fee per year - € 14550

***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 €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 be listed on the Register of Nurses and Midwives, which is maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

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

  • Applicants must have completed a Graduate Diploma in one of the following specialities: Critical Care–Intensive Care, Critical Care-Cardiovascular, Heart Failure Nursing, Paediatric Critical Care and Peri-Operative Nursing.

Documents Required

  • Academic Transcripts including date and grading of Degree award (non UCD only)
  • Nurse applicants must provide copy of current registration and Pin with An Bord Altranais
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Pages of Passport (non UCD only)
  • Professional Reference Form

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 Critical Care Nursing FT (X726)
1 Years
Full Time

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