Master of Science/Post Graduate Diploma Nursing in Leadership and Quality Healthcare

MSc/PgDip Nursing in Leadership and Quality Healthcare

Course Overview

  • 1


  • 2

    Years P/T

  • 9


Why take this course?

This programme aims to:

1. Provide a stimulating and challenging academic and scholarly environment for students who wish to advance their academic and professional development.

2. Enable students to develop a mastery of complex and specialised knowledge, with a critical awareness of issues at the forefront of nursing.

3. Develop conceptual knowledge and advanced understanding of how techniques of enquiry enable the critical and objective analysis, interpretation and application of research and scholarly evidence.

4. Through completion of a dissertation, challenge existing knowledge and facilitate the development of new ideas and ways of thinking.

What will I experience?

The teaching strategies employed in this Masters of Nursing programme will reflect the move from a teacher-centred approach to a learner-centred one. This programme is designed to:

  • be dynamic and challenging leadership skills using scenario and case studyapproaches
  • stimulate the learner to become active in his/her own learning through reflection and debate.

The learning environments created espouse for the student to:

  • feel safe,
  • respected and supported
  • allowing the student to become an active participant in their learning.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Graduates from this MSc or the embedded awards - certificate/postgraduate diploma - have the potential for employment in multiple domains of practice. There are multiple areas for career advancement, both nationally and internationally with MSc identified as an essential requirement for career progression and promotion in both administrative and clinical managerial posts. Alternatively, graduates would be ideally positioned to continue in PhD programmes

Additional Information

For more information, please contact:

Dr Lisa Kerr,

Programme Director,

Department of Nursing and Healthcare


Tel: (090) 644 2525

Assessment Information

Assessment is a continuous process which aims to measure the achievement of students in relation to the learning outcomes. It is combined with appropriate feedback, to assist students in improving their performance in relation to set criteria for progression towards, or for the award of the degree. Assessment can be practical or theoretical, formative and/or summative, and administered by lecturers, students themselves or their peers. The use of self and peer-assessment is used regularly as a formative strategy to develop students’ skills in gauging and evaluating their own performance and that of their fellow colleagues.

Assessment strategies are focused on the measurement of outcomes and competencies as identified in this programme. At the beginning of each academic year all students are given an Assessment Schedule so that they can plan and organise their work. Each module has clear marking criteria that is available to students and external examiners when they are reviewing the work. All of the assessments are based on the premise of the integration and application of theory to practice, whilst also achieving and demonstrating the various competencies’ appropriate to students completing a Level 9 programme.

Course Details

Course Fees:
€10,000 EU students; €18,000 Non-EU students *Fees subject to change
Course Duration:
1 Year
Course Duration:
2 Years P/T
Registration Closing Date:

How to apply to this programme at TUS Athlone Campus:


Course Award:
Master of Science/Post Graduate Diploma
Course NFQ Level:
Level 9
Dept of Nursing & Healthcare
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Level 8) 2:1 or equivalent qualification will be required for entry to this programme.

Non-EU applicants must provide evidence of ability to follow classes in English (IELTS 6.5, or equivalent). Applicants may be required to attend AIT for an interview. Skype interview may be arranged for international students

Lecturer Testimonial

Dr Des Cawley, Head of Department, Nursing and Healthcare  Profile Image

Dr Des Cawley, Head of Department, Nursing and Healthcare

"Our students get extensive practical experience over their time with us; however, they will also explore important aspects of values, ethics, research, physiology and social policy to ensure that they are ready for the world of work after graduating."

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