Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing/MSc in Cancer Nursing (Beaumont Hospital)

(NFQ Level 9 Major Award)

Programme overview:

Specialist knowledge and skills are an essential component in the multidisciplinary management of oncology patients. This major programme is for nurses working in an oncology setting to develop their clinical knowledge, judgement and practice to an advanced level.

This one-year programme uses a blended learning approach utilising lectures, clinical placements, reflections, moodle and self-directed learning. The programme at level 9 consists of three core modules and three specialist oncology modules. Assessments will occur throughout the year consisting of assignments, examination, presentation and competency document.

Learning outcomes/aims:

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:
• Critically discuss and demonstrate advanced decision making skills relating to leadership and management in the cancer setting.
• Critically evaluate and utilise advanced knowledge and critical thinking skills relating to the nursing management of the major cancer diseases and side effects.
• Critically discuss and demonstrate advanced clinical decision-making skills to manage patient caseload incorporating nursing interventions and psychosocial aspects.
• Critically discuss and evaluate the nurses role in education and dissemination of knowledge to patients/relatives/staff.
• Critically evaluate the role of the nurse in the primary and secondary prevention of cancer disease incorporating best evidence based practice.
• Critically evaluate and utilise advanced knowledge and critical thinking skills relating to the path physiology/epidemiology/genetic and other risk factors associated with cancer.

Programme structure:
This programme is delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital. The first three modules are delivered in the RCSI with the remaining 3 modules and clinical component delivered in Beaumont Hospital. The programme is offered part-time with an entry point each September. Students may be interviewed for positions on this programme.

Module name  ECTS credits  Assessment method 
Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment
Advanced Leadership, Professional & Clinical  10 Assignment
Clinical Practicum - Advanced Refection and Competence  10 Assignment and clinical portfolio
Fundamental Concepts of Cancer Nursing 10 Assignment
Major Adult Cancers -or- Breast Disease -or- Colorectal Disease 10 Examination 
Psycho Oncology 10 Case study and poster presentation

What next?
On successful completion a student may progress to the 2nd year of the MSc Nursing, gaining an MSc Cancer Nursing. Recommended: MSc Nursing Year 2.

Entry requirements?
Students who wish to join this programme must be active on the NMBI register and have a level 8 qualification. Applicants who do not hold a level 8 qualification may still be eligable to join them programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route.

More information:
If you would like further information on this programme please contact:

Programme Coordinator: Ms Cassandra Kelly (
Programme Director: Ms Rosemarie Derwin (
Hospital Contact: Mr Paul Mahon (

How to apply?

Applications can be submitted online below until June 28th. During your application you will be asked to upload your transcripts and submit a non-refundable deposit of 50 euro to complete your applciation. 

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Course fees Current fee information can be found here: Nursing Student Fee Information
Application forms Applications are accepted via the link above. A €50 application fee is required when applying. You will also be required to upload transcripts of prior education during the application process.