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MSc in Professional Nursing

01 September 2024
2 Years (Part-time)

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Fees (EU)


Course Capacity



2 Years (Part-time)

Work Placement




NFQ Level


Discipline Area

Nursing & Midwifery

Course Type


Study Mode


Now enrolling for autumn 2024

Course Overview

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).

Career Opportunities

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

Course Delivery and Modules

This programme will be delivered predominantly online with live online lectures on Tuesdays 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 also 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


Education Progression

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.


Fees and Funding

EU Fees:

  • Full-time (EU): €10,800 - payable in 2 stages
  • Part-time (EU): n/a

Non-EU Fees:

  • Full-time (non-EU): n/a
  • Part-time (non-EU): n/a

You may be eligible for financial support for this course through the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) system. Find out more

Questions relating to fees for this programme should be directed to


EU Fees


Entry Requirements

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.

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.

Ask us a Question

If you have a question about the MSc in Professional Nursing please ask it below and we will get back to you.

Dr. Geraldine O'Connor

School of Health & Science


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).