In response to the changing needs of educational provision in healthcare practice and stakeholder consultation, the School of Nursing has developed a postgraduate educational framework for nurses and other healthcare practitioners.
The programme includes modules predominantly focused on practice embedded elements. It is anticipated that students will normally be working in an area related to their intended focus of study, e.g recovery oriented practice, the management of long term illness, community/primary care, intellectual disability & concurrent mental health problems, care of the older person or care of the child and adolescent.
This programme will further develop your analytical skills, and provide an educational framework to deliver optimum care to individuals, families and communities, as well as improving the quality of healthcare practice in the Irish healthcare system.
Aims and Objectives:
- To initiate and lead practice developments in your area.
- To demonstrate clinically effective practice through critical engagement.
- To demonstrate advanced research skills, which enable you to appraise research design and effective practice, and develop the requisite research knowledge and skills to implement best practice.
- To engage in effective intra and inter professional working with healthcare colleagues.
- To advance practice in your profession and designated area through effective leadership and innovation.
- To demonstrate a critical engagement with decision-making frameworks and processes in health and social care contexts.
- For those continuing to M.Sc., it is expected that you will be able to plan, undertake and disseminate an original piece of healthcare practice research.
The programme, at Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications, will allow students to obtain a Masters Degree over a two year period, with the option of exiting after eighteen months with a Graduate Diploma.
The programme incorporates a framework of eight specific awards, as follows:
- M.Sc. in Child and Adolescent Nursing Practice (DC701)
- M.Sc. in Child and Adolescent Health Care Practice (DC707)
- M.Sc. in General Nursing Practice (DC708
- M.Sc. in General Health Care Practice (DC709)
- M.Sc. in Mental Health Nursing Practice (DC711)
- M.Sc. in Mental Health Care Practice (DC710)
- M.Sc. in Intellectual Disability Health Care Practice (DC713)
- M.Sc. in Intellectual Disability Nursing Practice (DC712)
This two year, part-time programme allows students to take four core modules, worth 10 credits each. Students also choose from optional modules available through the School of Nursing and, occasionally, options outside DCU. You will attend one day a week, and students complete a core research dissertation module in the final semester, as they try to achieve a maximum of 90 credits. A more flexible four-year period is available. For students exiting with a Graduate Diploma the normal timeframe is eighteen months, over three academic semesters.
Each student has a designated practice supervisor and, for the dissertation, a research supervisor.
View the subjects currently taught on this course (2013 - 2014)
- The unique tri-partite model of practice, supervision and assessment focuses on the development of practice with modular learning and expected outcomes directly embedded in your practice environment.
- You will have the capacity to specialise in your chosen area and tailor the programme to your needs.
- Each programme is delivered within a blended learning framework, which ensures there is a mixture of online, face to face, and practice based learning.
- Students are allocated a practice/clinical supervisor from their practice area, to provide support and guidance.
This programme will support healthcare professionals who wish to further their career in a particular area of practice, e.g. where there are opportunities for developing new services, models and roles, or for specialist and advanced practitioner roles in healthcare provision. It will also help professionals gain valuable postgraduate clinical/practice education, thereby helping you to progress in your chosen career.
Direct entry to the programme will be considered for candidates who hold a primary degree, with a minimum of second-class honours, grade two, in a relevant discipline. A candidate who does not hold such a degree will be considered for admission on the basis of AP(E)L and/or on the basis of completion of one or more Access modules.Candidates will normally be expected to be working in the area of practice which they hope to study over the course of the programme. The programme will incorporate a separate external practice placement.
Dates for Submission of Applications 2012
Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (http://www.pac.ie/dcu) by 13th August 2012.
Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (http://www.pac.ie/dcu) by 13th July 2012. Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.
Applying through the Postgraduate Applications Centre
http://www.pac.ie/dcu/a>) When applying for this programme use the PAC code DC709.
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