Nursing (Children’s & General)

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

Are you drawn towards caring for children and adults, and making a difference to their lives while they’re ill? Are you interested in promoting health and wellbeing? Are you caring, compassionate, resilient, reliable, a good communicator and enjoy working within a team? Do you have an analytical, problemsolving mind? If so, Children’s and General Nursing is the ideal career choice for you. This course provides you with transferable skills that will support your personal growth and professional development.

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What Will I Study

* You will undertake modules of theory delivered through lectures, workshops and tutorials in our state-of-the art facilities on Belfield campus. Our innovative degree course is taught by experienced lecturers in a friendly and supportive environment. It prepares you to become a professional nurse who can competently manage the complex healthcare needs of the adult and child population both nationally and internationally.

First Year

  • Scholarship of Enquiry
  • Scientific Principles
  • Foundations of Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Practice experience in a hospital setting for approximately 11 weeks

Second & Third Year

  • Caring for Children and Adults with Medical-Surgical Problems
  • Pharmacology
  • Applied Social Science
  • Patient Safety & Microbiology
  • Core and Specialist Practice Placements include Maternity Care and Care for People with an Intellectual Disability

Fourth Year

  • Health and well-being – a Sociological Context for Nursing
  • Leadership, Management & Quality Improvement
  • Preparation for Professional Role
  • Practice placement/internship

Assessment is through a combination of end-of-trimester exams and continuous assessment, including assessment of performance on clinical placements.

Please Note: Curriculum may be subject to change in line with NMBI Nurse Registration Programmes Standards and Requirements.

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International Study Opportunities

You may have the opportunity to study in a choice of European locations for a trimester between stages 2 and 4.


Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Completing this degree qualifies you as both a Registered General Nurse and a Registered Children’s Nurse. Your future professional role can extend beyond clinical practice to encompass education, research and management. There are also excellent work and travel opportunities in Ireland and throughout Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. Your continuing professional education may also include studies at higher diploma, graduate diploma, Master’s and PhD level.

Professional Work Experience

The majority of practice learning takes place in our affiliated partner hospitals, allof which are national specialist centres of clinical excellence: Children’s Health Ireland (CHI)*, the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and St Vincent’s Healthcare Group. Students may be placed in any IEHG site on one or multiple occasions during their course to enable them to achieve the necessary clinical learning outcomes.

*During practice placements, students may be placed in any of the Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) Group Hospitals which include: CHI at Crumlin, CHI at Temple St, CHI at Tallaght, CHI at Connolly and once it is opened, the new Children’s Hospital.

Other Entry Routes

“I was delighted to be accepted into the programme as a mature student. UCD has a great community feeling within the large campus. I found the course very well blended with children’s and adult components. It gave me a great insight into role of a nurse both academically and through in-hospital clinical placements. UCD staff are progressive in their learning and encourage their students to put forward research presentations and to attend research symposiums to present their work. I was grateful to speak at two of these and this gave me a well-rounded exposure to various pathways upon graduation. I am excited for what the future offers as the past 4.5 years have been brilliant.”

John Hutchings, Mature Student

Contact Information

UCD Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems Programme Office
Health Sciences Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 6407/6569

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