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MSc in Professional Nursing

Course Duration
2 Years (Part-time)
Course Level
Level 9
Course Places
10 Places
Course Start Date
September 2023

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • Gain greater knowledge with a practice orientated programme.
  • This programme is delivered via a blend of online and face-to-face delivery to allow greater flexibility to learners.
  • Completion of this programme will enhance your career opportunities allowing greater potential for career progression.

Course Summary

The aim of this programme is to provide an accessible, innovative, flexible and practice-orientated sustainable programme that will attract and retain nurses who will continue to work as Nurses within an integrated health service. The programme will enhance professional practice, patient safety and the education, administration and research capacity of the learner.

Important notice about this course


If you have any questions about this programme, please use the 'Enquire about the course' button below.

The Masters of Science in Professional Nursing will be offered to qualified, experienced nurses who wish to develop their knowledge, skills and competencies. The programme provides the nurse with a broad based educational experience to practice at an advanced level incorporating key concepts such as advanced decision making, professional leadership, evidence based practice, professional ethics, research knowledge and skills.

This programme was developed in partnership with educational institutions, health care service providers and learners nationally. This was achieved by the Dundalk Institute of Technology working in collaboration and partnership with representatives from Departments of Nursing within each of the Institutes of Technology in Ireland namely Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LKIT), Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).


This programme will be delivered predominantly online with live online lectures on Thursdays from 09.00hrs to 13.30hrs.

In the afternoons students will be given directed study, which students can undertake at a time suitable to them.

Students are required to attend the DkIT campus, from 09.00hrs to 16.30 hrs, for 3 days (approx.) in each semester

Please note this timetable is subject to change


The programme provides the nurse with a broad based educational experience to practice at an advanced level.

Graduates of this Programme will be able to progress to level 10 (PhD) programmes. In addition, they may avail of Level 10 research opportunities in DkIT.

The fees for this programme are €5,400 per annum. Questions relating to fees for this programme should be directed to (Tel: +353(0)429370200 Ext 2736)

To be eligible for this programme applicants must:

  • Be registered Nurse with NMBI
  • Be currently employed in health care provision
  • Hold a level 8 qualification

*Applicants who do not have a level 8 qualification may apply for entry to the programme in accordance with the procedures outlined in the DkIT Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

Due to the blended learning delivery within this course students should have access to a PC / Mac, a headset with a mic, and a broadband internet connection from home, so as to be able to fully participate in the course.

  • Basic IT skills are essential to complete this programme.
  • Applicants may be interviewed.

Dr. Geraldine O'Connor (School of Health & Science)
Phone: +353 (0)42 937 0200 Ext 2736

Course ID DK977
Course Type Postgraduate
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 9
Duration 2 Years (Part-time)
Fees €10,800
Starting Date September 2023
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method Blended

How To Apply

Apply Directly to DkIT

Apply directly to DkIT using our online applications system. Please remember to upload the required documentation (copies of your existing qualification(s), your CV, any other support documents etc) with your online application to expedite your application. To avoid disappointment early registration is recommended.

Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).