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UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems

Scoil an Altranais, an Cnáimhseachais agus na gCóras Sláinte UCD

MSc Nursing (Applied Healthcare Management)

Who is the programme for?
This programme is aimed at all nurses and midwives currently in employment in either the private or public health sector. This includes areas such as management, practice development, education and clinical practice. This programme is designed to enable students to further develop their Nursing/Midwifery management knowledge and skills. Students must have recent experience in nursing/midwifery or health care management or be engaged in nursing/midwifery or health care management while undertaking the programme.

What is the programme about?
The provision of in-depth up to date knowledge and debate about key issues in nursing/midwifery management, leadership, partnership, research, quality and safety and health outcomes in acute, chronic and community care.  This MSc in Nursing (AHM) gives you an understanding of the leadership and management skills essential for working in a twenty first century health system.

Programme aims
This programme aims to furnish you with a comprehensive knowledge of managing and leading with a health care environment, develop creative and critical thinking abilities in relation to the challenges facing health systems at micro, meso and macro level.

What will I learn?
The MSc in Nursing (AHCM) programme covers the fundamentals of professional nursing management, leadership, partnership, research and quality improvement taking into account safety and patient, nurse/midwife, and organizational outcomes.

How will I benefit?
You will be able to enhance your contribution to your organization and develop your career more strategically.

Teaching methods/Information technology
A wide a range of diverse and student-centered teaching methods are used. Blackboard a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching is used extensively. Students attend multidisciplinary lectures and tutorials. The programme is focused on nursing/midwife as professional discipline and research skills to enable students to be even more effective nurses/midwives, change agents and leaders in the workplace.

Programme structure
This is a two (academic) year part time programme, broken down into two semesters in year one and three semesters in year two. Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation/practical examination) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the semesters.

Core modules & European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
Leadership and Health Systems Dynamics- 7.5 ECTS
Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes- 7.5 ECTS
Leading and Management Practice for Healthcare: A MDT Imperative - 7.5 ECTS
Theoretical bases of nursing- 15 ECTS
Research Methodologies-15 ECTS
Research Methods- 7.5 ECTS
Dissertation Proposal- 30 ECTS
Total = 90

Careers/where can I go?
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

General requirements:

  • Applicants must be registered as a professional nurse/ midwife on the active register
  • Applicants must be employed in clinical practice/management while undertaking the programme
  • Experience in management is desirable

Documents to be submitted with your application:

  • Academic Transcripts including date and grading of Degree award (non UCD only)
  • Current photocopy of Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration and pin
  • Copy of Birth Cert or Personal Pages of Passport (non UCD only)
  • Professional Reference Form
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)


Duration: 2 years part-time
Next intake: September 2014

Bernadette Manley
Tel: +353 1 716 6499

Dr Phil Halligan
Tel: +353 1 716 6420

How to Apply