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Nursing Studies BSc (Hons)

Nursing Studies BSc (Hons)

University College Cork, Ireland

About This Program

The Bachelor of Science Nursing Studies (BSc Nursing Studies) for non-EU applicants is a full-time, post-registration degree for Registered Nurses.

If you are interested to improve your credentials, you'll be pleased to know that the programme will build on the foundations provided by your nursing program and professional experience. On successful completion of this course, which is offered annually, you will be awarded a National University of Ireland Bachelor of Science (BSc Nursing Studies) degree. 

This program should appeal to you ff you've already accumulated experience from a number of clinical areas and management positions as it aims to:

  • Foster analytical and critical thinking skills, enabling qualified nurses to become more effective in clinical practice;
  • Promote the idea of evidence-based practice by providing nurses with an awareness of nursing research and relevant research methodologies;
  • Help you to develop self-directed learning skills and provide an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge applicable to current practice in general and specialist areas.


Consider studying in Ireland

Course Delivery

You will be completing the BSc Nursing Studies degree (60 credits) over one academic year. If you are a Non-EU student, you will be scheduled for at least 15 hours of organized classroom instruction each week.

  • A wide range of teaching and learning strategies, including blended learning, are used. A variety of support networks are available to assist students in continuing their education at third level.
  • Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. 

If you don't have great test-taking skills, you'll be happy to know that not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment including:

  • Essays; 
  • Critical literature reviews;
  • In-class tests; 
  • A community project; 
  • A research project and;
  • A written paper.



This is a NFQ Level 8 programme and you may apply to remain in Ireland after course completion.  You may also choose to return to your home country with a degree that is recognized globally. 

The course provides an opportunity for you to enhance and develop your knowledge of nursing and the science and theory supporting nursing practice. Therefore on completion of the course, you will be in a position to apply for further postgraduate education courses at certificate/postgraduate diploma or MSc level.

You are permitted to work part-time during the regular semester while you study in Ireland.

After you finish, you may apply to stay for one additional year in the country to look for a job under the Third Level Graduate Scheme. This has been proven to be very popular with non-EU students at UCC.

*  A Registered Nurse (RN) earns an average salary of €30,555 per year. A skill in Hospice is associated with high pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.  â€‹Source is www.payscale.com

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, you will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to critically review nursing or midwifery literature.
  • Critically evaluate the role of theory, research and organisational systems in the development and improvement of nursing or midwifery practice and patient outcomes.
  • Appraise the robustness of research designs and methodologies and their appropriateness to research questions in clinical settings.
  • Critically discuss best practice in relation to the professional, ethical and resource challenges that arise in healthcare settings.
  • Explain challenges relating to nursing or midwifery in the context of multidisciplinary working with different client groups.


Course Outline

As an international applicant, you will be completing the BSc Nursing Studies programme over one academic year (60 credits).  These include:

  • NU4001  Nursing Science (10 credits);
  • NU4002  Introduction to Nursing & Midwifery Research (10 credits);
  • NU4003  Management in Nursing (5 credits);
  • NU4016  Research for Nursing & Midwifery Practice (10 credits);
  • EC4301  Economics of Health Organisations (5 credits);
  • NU4027  Nursing Ethics (5 credits);
  • NU4007  Nursing in the Community (5 credits)*;
  • NU4008  Cancer Nursing (5 credits)*;
  • NU4009  Care of the Older Adult (5 credits)*

*Students who have successfully completed a CPD module from the existing suite of CPD Modules or other modules of similar level and credit weighting, may apply for an exemption from taking one of the above 5-credit modules (denoted by*). Exemption forms are available from the School of Nursing & Midwifery, UCC


Course Info

Course Code : NA

College : Medicine and Health

Duration : 1 Year

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 8

Fees :

Please note that all fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee


Tuition Fee if your application is submitted before March 31, 2016 *


Medicover Standard (O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance)


* The regular tuition fee is €10,500 but you may be eligible for a partial scholarship if we submit your application before March 31, 2017 and you meet academic requirements.  Your tuition fee will therefore be €6,825 (discounted 35%)

The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable tuition fees Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials,

Intake Dates :

The  next intake date is in September 2017.

IVC however, will be accepting application only until FEBRUARY 28, 2017.  This 7-month preparation period includes:

  • Review by the School of Nursing for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

Make sure you apply early!  We allow two months to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation and insurance and ensure your eligibility for the partial scholarship. The next five months is reserved for the visa application process.

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of University College Cork.  As an international student, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Hold active registration as a nurse in the professional register of your country of residence; 
  • Have at least two years work experience as Registered Nurse.

If you are under 23 years of age, you must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for the degrees in Nursing which are: 

  • HC3 in two subjects and;
  • Passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics; 
  • One Laboratory Science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and; 
  • Two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

You must be able to demonstrate competence in the use of the English language.  If English is not your native language, you must meet UCC's minimum standards of English language proficiency.  Results from ANY of the following English language exams  are accepted:

  • IELTS (Academic Test): 6.0 Overall band score, 5.5 Minimum band per individual section
  • TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE Equivalent

Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.

You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the Postgraduate Admissions Office, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic transcripts
  • College diploma
  • Professional references
  • Professional registration details
  • Curriculum Vitae and
  • Identity documents.

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