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

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing/MSc in Operating Department Nursing (Beaumont Hospital)

(NFQ Level 9 Major Award)

Programme overview:
The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Operating Theatre Nursing) offers nurses an opportunity to develop and enhance their professional knowledge and skills in this specialist area of practice. Through a blend of clinical and classroom learning experiences, students undertaking this programme will explore aspects of theory and its application to practice in the clinical setting.

Students will gain valuable clinical exposure in a variety of specialist theatres (e.g. neurosurgery, emergency, colorectal, breast) with an option to specialise in Operating, Anaesthesia or Post Anaesthesia Nursing. These clinical practice placements will not only further develop the students' knowledge base, but provide an opportunity to engage in reflective practice, problem solving, and clinical decision making within a supportive learning environment.

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

  • Collaboratively manage and coordinate all phases of the perioperative experience of the surgical patient.
  • Critically explore the principles of peri-operative nursing and the role of the nurse in providing care, based on standards of practice to the pre, intra & post-operative setting.
  • Critically explore the disease process, surgical intervention & treatment options in the management of the surgical patient.
  • Critically discuss the anatomy and physiology of the human body and the response to surgical intervention and anaesthesia.
  • Critically discuss nursing theories in relation to clinical practice and the standards, protocols, and guidelines that support and guide evidence based practice.
  • Critically evaluate and apply specialist evidence based nursing knowledge and clinical skills to clinical practice within the specialist area.
Programme structure:

This programme is delivered by Blended Learning, students experience both in-class and online learning throughout the duration of the programme. Classes take place approximately once a week alternating between online and RCSI based sessions.

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 in Perioperative Nursing 10 Examination
Foundation Knowledge & Skills in Perioperative Practice 10 Assignment
Advanced Practice in Operating Nursing (Optional) 10 Presentation & Assignment
Advanced Practice in Anaesthesia and Post Anaesthesia Care Nursing (Optional) 10 Assignment and poster presentation 

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