MSc Nursing - Advanced Practice (ANP)

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 110)

Please note: Since the 3rd May 2024 the one year MSc ANP programme is full. We are still accepting applications for the two year programme. 

The MSc Nursing (Advanced Practice) will prepare suitably qualified nurses to practice both autonomously and collaboratively in a defined area of advanced nursing practice. On successful completion of the programme nurses will be eligible to apply for registration as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and a Registered Nurse Prescriber (RNP) with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). This programme provides students with an opportunity to avail of an optional module in Prescription of Ionising Radiation.

Advanced Nurse Practitioners are highly skilled practitioners and clinical leaders delivering quality care to an agreed group of patients/clients. They are committed to gathering and disseminating nursing research, mentoring nurses, and sharing information in the classroom, clinical environment, on national/international stages and professional publications. Advanced Nurse Practitioners also serve as change agents who coordinate and evaluate health care, and formulate policy which advances nursing practice and improves patient/client outcomes.

Watch this useful video by Programme Director Associate Professor Mary Ryder on the application process.

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

The course is for registered nurses interested in developing advanced practice knowledge and leadership skills to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate health care, in a defined setting and role.

The aim of the programme is to enable experienced registered nurses to develop the knowledge and skills required for registration as an advanced nurse practitioner and to undertake advanced practice roles that meet the challenges and developments within the health services. The programme further aims to support the student to develop her/his role as an autonomous member of the multidisciplinary health care team within the healthcare organisation and professional leaders in their field of specialist practice. The graduate, equipped with such knowledge and advanced skills will be eligible to apply to the NMBI for registration as a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANP).

You will learn advanced nursing assessment and diagnostic skills, and sharpen your analytical and critical thinking skills to enable you to independently evaluate, develop and provide optimum patient care through caseload management of a specific patient/client group. You will also gain the knowledge and experience to become a Registered Nurse Prescriber in medication and or ionising radiation.

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This curriculum design, content, and development incorporate the key concepts which support a broad-based education experience for students and in accordance with Advanced Practice (Nursing) Standards and Requirements (NMBI 2017). The MSc in Advanced Practice (Nursing) (ANP) is available as a part-time programme completed over two academic years from the date of first registration for the programme. This is a national programme. The programme is comprised of two research modules, three prescribing modules and four specialist advanced practice modules for completion over two years.

There are a number of exit strategies depending on prior academic achievements and are discussed on an individual basis.

MSc Nursing Advanced Practice modules are as follows:

Year Trimester Module ECTS
1 1

NMHS42960 Advanced Health Assessment


NMHS43780 Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance

  1 RDGY30540 Referring for Radiological Procedures 10

NMHS32170 Pharmacology: Nurse-Mid Prescribing

  2  NMHS 33140 Prescribing Practice Context 5

NMHS43750 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals

2 1 & 2 NMHS43760 Advanced Practice Clinical Practicum 20
  1 & 2 NMHS44020 Dissertation: Evidence Translation 30

NMHS43770 Advanced Practice Decision Making


MSc Nursing - Advanced Practice (ANP) (X844) Part Time
EU/NONEU    Year 1 - € 6000
EU/NONEU    Year 2 - € 6000 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:

Applicants for the MSc in Nursing (Advanced Nursing Practice) are required to:

  1. Have a minimum of an honours primary degree in Nursing or equivalent.

  2. Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the NMBI or be eligible for such registration as required for individual pathways.

  3. Provide evidence of support from an employer and a completed Site Declaration Form, signed by the Director of Nursing/Public Health/ authorised Nurse Manager containing confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor and/or Advanced Nurse Practitioner mentor who will provide supervision, support and learning opportunities, including opportunities to practice under supervision to gain the required competencies and clinical competence to practice at an advanced level in nursing.

  4. For applicants who do not have medicinal prescribing completed:

  • A minimum of 3 years post-registration clinical experience (within the past 5 years) with at least one year in the area in which prescribing is proposed

  • Possession of competencies recognized at level 8 of the QQI framework

  • Signed Site Declaration Form 

  • Nomination and confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor

  • Support from employer to undertake programme

  • Demonstration of continuous professional development and the ability to study at level 8

  • Possess IT competencies

  • Provided documented support of a designated clinical supervisor as agreed by the Local Implementation Group

For applicants who wish to undertake the optional Ionising Radiation Prescribing module[1]   

  •  Letter of recommendation from Line Manager

  • Confirm his/her intention to practice as a nurse with authority to prescribe ionizing radiation (X-Ray) in the area of identified clinical need

  •   Signed declaration form by the Director of Nursing, Clinical Supervisor and Head of Radiology (Consultant Radiologist)

[1] This applies only to candidates taking the Ionising Radiation Prescribing module.

In addition, applicants must:

  • Provide a signed Site declaration form for prescribing modules (if you are taking the prescribing pathway) 

  • Provide a site audit form for prescribing modules (if you are taking the prescribing pathway) 

  • Nomination and confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor who will support the student in endoscopy skills training

  • Seek support from an employer to undertake the programme

  • Possess IT competencies

Documents Required

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.


We have many wonderful graduates of the MSc ANP programme and some have shared their stories with us. Please have a read of some of the inspiring alumni stories linked below:

Clare Flanagan RANP in Mental Health for Older Persons (2022 Graduate)

Jonathon O'Keeffe RANP in Gerontology (2016 Graduate)

Sarah Cosgrave RANP in Older Persons (2019 Graduate)

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Nursing - Advanced Practice (ANP) PT (X844)
2 Years
Part Time

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

Please note: Since the 3rd May 2024 the one year MSc ANP programme is full. We are still accepting applications for the two year programme.