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

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

(NFQ Level 9 Major Award)

Programme overview:
The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Gerontological Nursing) is a year-long course run in conjunction with Beaumont Hospital. This course offers the student both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills necessary to provide evidence based, quality care to our older population, whether in the acute setting, residential care or rehabilitation. The programme uses a blended learning approach including lectures (provided on site in Beaumont hospital), reflective practice, on line learning and clinical placement.

Students will gain valuable clinical exposure to rehabilitation of the older person (St Joseph's Rehab, Raheny), the acute care setting (Whitworth ward, Beaumont Hospital) and residential care (Raheny Community Nursing Unit, Raheny). Assessment is carried out by means of assignments, exam and a competency document assessing your practical application of theoretical knowledge in the clinical setting.

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

  • Critically discuss the older person and living with chronic illness and disability.
  • Critically discuss the importance of the social approach to care in the extended care setting.
  • Critically evaluate emerging health and social policy in relation to older adults from a national and international perspective.
  • Critically evaluate the available demographic information on older adults and its influence on policy formation.
  • Critically discuss person-centred care for older persons in the acute care setting based on knowledge that reflects the unique characteristic, needs and responses for older people.
  • Critically discuss and demonstrate an understanding of multiple co-morbidities and the older adult.

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
Contemporary Issues in Gerontological Nursing  10 Assignment
Therapeutic Interventions in the Acute Care Setting 10 Examination 
Community and Continuing Care Settings and the Older Person 10 Assignment

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