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

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing/MSc in Intensive Therapy Nursing (Beaumont Hospital)

(NFQ Level 9 Major Award)

Programme overview:
The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Intensive Care) offers the student the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, experience and clinical expertise in the challenging and dynamic environment that is critical care. The role of the nurse as clinician, patient advocate, researcher, educator and innovator are all developed to meet the multiple and complex needs of the patient with critical illness. The programme takes place over one year and uses a blended learning approach to the delivery of theoretical content. Assessment is carried out using a combination of written and practical assignments.

Learning outcomes/aims:
On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Critically discuss, evaluate & demonstrate the management of patients who require advanced cardiac life support. 
  • Critically evaluate the inter facility and inter / intra hospital transportation of critically ill patients.
  • Critically evaluate and demonstrate the holistic assessment of the patient presenting with organ failure
  • Critically explore the aetiology and path physiology of organ failure in critical illness
  • Critically evaluate and demonstrate nursing practice & interventions in the management of critically ill patients.
  • Critically evaluate the nursing management of critically ill patients post major surgery.
Programme structure:

This programme is delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital. The first three modules are delivered in the RCSI with the remaining three 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
Foundation Knowledge and Core Skills of Intensive Care Nursing 10 Assignment 
Fundamental Concepts of Critical Care Nursing 10 Examination 
Advanced Critical Care Nursing  10 Assignment 

What next?
On successful completion a student may progress to the 2nd year of the MSc Nursing, gaining an MSc Respiratory Care in Nursing Practice. 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 for this programme will open in March 2019

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.