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

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

(NFQ Level 9 Major Award)

Programme overview:
The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Neuroscience) offers suitably qualified nurses the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills in the exciting and often fascinating area of Neurosciences. Students undertaking this course will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice during clinical placements in the areas of Neuroscience Intensive Care, neuromedicine and neurosurgery. Through this mix of clinical and classroom learning experiences, students will develop as critical and reflective practitioners with the clinical judgement, problem solving, communication and team skills necessary to care for patients with complex neuroscience conditions.

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

  • Critically discuss the advanced nursing management of the neuroscience patient with altered respiratory and cardiovascular status.
  • Critically review and reflect upon the ongoing management and nursing interventions of patients with regard to the following neurological conditions: 
    • Cerebrovascular disorders.
    • Neuroendocrine disorders.
    • Traumatic head injury and intracranial pressure monitoring.
    • Central Nervous System Infections. 
  • Critically discuss the ongoing management and nursing interventions of patients with specific chronic neurological disorders (e.g. multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis).
  • Critically discuss the interdisciplinary management of patients in the post-acute phase of a neuroscience illness. 
  • Critically discuss the concept of clinical learning environment learning.
  • Critically discuss the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system.
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 neuroscience nursing 10 Assignment
Care of patients with acute, complex neuroscience conditions 10 Examination 
Consolidating practice within the neuroscience setting 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 Ruth Kelly (ruthkelly@rcsi.ie)
Programme Director: Ms Mary O'Neill (moneill3@rcsi.ie)
Hospital Contact: Mr Paul Mahon (paulmahon@beaumont.ie)

How to apply?

Applications for this programme are no longer available online, please contact nursing@rcsi.ie for further information  

Course fees €5,645 (EU Fees)
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.