Course Overview

Advanced Practice curriculum is reflective of contemporary trends, policy, and developments concerning the nursing profession, health care practices, legislative and regulatory requirements and the societal and demographic changes and associated healthcare needs.

Within the programme, the student initially focuses on attaining the knowledge, competencies, and skills for nurse prescribing and the core theoretical perspectives underpinning clinical decision-making, good governance, leadership, and research awareness. Standardised modules are included to support the development of core and some specialist knowledge, skills, and competencies.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

  • Catherine Meagher
  • Dr Linda Biesty
  • Dr Maura Dowling
  • Dr Catherine Houghton
  • Dr Fionnuala Jordan
  • Professor John Kelly
  • Professor Perter Cantillon
  • Dr Heike Schmidt-Felzmann

Bernard Mc Carthy

Dr Peter Carr

Dr Bróna Mooney

Requirements and Assessment

Students are assessed using a variety of methodologies including MCQ, OSCE, Assignment, Portfolio, Case Study.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

For nurses seeking admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Advanced Practice Nursing) applicants are required to: 

  1. Have a minimum of an honour’s primary degree in Nursing or equivalent.

  2. Have a master's degree in Nursing or equivalent.

  3. Hold current active registration on nursing division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

  4. Comply with current minimum entry requirements for admission to the programme of education for nurse/midwife prescribing and must have three years’ recent post-registration clinical experience in midwifery (this must be within the past five years) with the equivalent of ‘one year’ full time experience in the specific area of clinical practice.

  5. A copy of current NMBI registrations (e.g., RGN, RM, RNP, RNID, RPN, PHN, RCN as required) (NMBI 2017 & 2018).

  6. Evidence of academic achievements including copies of all academic transcripts from completed educational courses.

  7. Copies of official awards (parchments) from completed educational courses.

  8. Evidence of current clinical specialist area.

  9. A completed Site Declaration Form ‌signed by the Director of Nursing and Medical Mentor.

Provide evidence of support from an employer and completed Site Declaration Forms containing confirmation of a clinical supervisor who will provide supervision, support and learning opportunities, including shadowing opportunities to gain the required competencies and clinical competence to practice at an advanced level in midwifery (including midwife prescribing).

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

Course Modules

Year One

  • Decision Making, and Advanced Practice Professional Roles
  • Advanced Health Assessment Pharmacology and Medicinal Prescribing
  • Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues of Nurse and Midwife Prescribing
  • Pharmacology and Medicinal Prescribing
  • Clinical Practicum

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this programme are eligible to register as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RAnP) with NMBI.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,156 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€4,106 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€13,166 p.a. 2021/22


  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2023

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2023 PDF (20.6MB)