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Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Professional Nursing

Course Points
Course Duration
2 years
Course Level
Level 9
Course Places
10 Places
Course Start Date
27th September 2022

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • Stepping stone for career progression
  • Allows nursing professionals to gain a recognised postgraduate qualification
  • Specific topics relevant to nurses in today’s health care settings

Course Summary

The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Professional Nursing blended learning 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 graduates of the programme will develop an advanced level of theoretical knowledge and innovative practice to practice at a higher level of capability as independent, autonomous and expert nurses.

On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Professional Nursing, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Generate an advanced level of theoretical knowledge and attributes for delivering evidence based expanded professional practice.
  2. Develop autonomy, leadership and negotiation skills in order to advance clinical, risk and ethical decisions at advanced professional practice level.
  3. Critically evaluate knowledge and nursing science that will actively contribute to the professional body of knowledge.
  4. Critically utilise e-technology and e-health platforms to inform all aspects of personal and professional development.
  5. Develop leadership capacity in the context of current structural and professional change in the Irish health service

This programme will be delivered predominately online with live online lectures on Thursdays from 9am to 4.30pm.

In addition, students will be required to attend for face-to-face classes on the DkIT campus, on one full day per month (possibly Thursdays, 9am to 4.30pm).

Those graduating from the PostGraduate Diploma in professional nursing will have opportunities to advance a career in clinical or management posts.

Students may progress to the MSc in Science in Nursing Practice (90 ECTS)

To be eligible for this programme applicants must:

  • Be a 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.  Applicants may be interviewed

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

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Part time Section, School of Health and Science)
Phone: +353 42 9370200

Course ID TBC
Course Type Flexible & Professional, Postgraduate
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 9
Duration 2 years
Fees €7,200
Starting Date 27th September 2022
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Credits 60
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Apply to DkIT
Delivery Method Blended

How to Apply

Open for online applications in Autumn 2022

You should apply using the DkIT Postgraduate Application form below. Applicants should include an up-to-date CV and a copy of professional body registration.

Postgraduate Application Form

Please submit the following documents with your application and email them to

Completed Application Form

An up-to-date CV

Copy of Professional Body Registration