Nursing (General)

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN450
CAO Points Range 2021: 462
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 167

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject and two other recognised subjects

Please note: Applicants who have previously failed to meet programme requirements in any Nursing or Midwifery programme or have any issues which would affect their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland will not normally be eligible

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Why is this course for me?

Are you empathetic and reliable, a team player with good communication skills and an analytical, problem-solving mind? If so, Nursing in UCD is the ideal career choice for you. Our innovative degree course is taught by experienced lecturers in a friendly and supportive environment, with state- of-the art facilities.

It prepares you to become a professional nurse who can successfully manage the complex healthcare needs of the adult population.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Completing this degree qualifies you as a Registered General Nurse. You can work in acute and chronic care in a variety of medical and surgical settings. There are also career prospects for nurses to work in education, research or management, as well as excellent opportunities to build on your experience through work abroad.

In addition, you can pursue further studies at higher diploma, graduate diploma, master’s and doctorate level.

What Will I Study

* You will study the theory and practice of nursing in a fully integrated way, establishing a strong foundation for your future career. Your lectures, workshops and tutorials are delivered on our Belfield campus, while practice placements will enhance your learning and develop your nursing skills.

Modules include:

First Year

  • Scholarship of Enquiry
  • Foundations of Nursing
  • Biosciences
  • Psychology
  • Practice experience in a hospital setting for approximately 10 weeks

Second & Third Year

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing Care
  • Pharmacology
  • Aging & Health
  • Ethical and legal context for practice
  • Specialist clinical placements, such as intensive care and maternity care

Fourth Year

  • Preparing for Internship
  • Health, Psychology & Sociology
  • Management & Quality Improvement
  • Evidence- Based Practice in Healthcare
  • Clinical placement/internship

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

Professional Clinical Experience

Clinical Placements, which form a significant part of the programme are completed primarily in the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group or the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, and in numerous other clinical sites throughout the Irish East Hospital Group (IEHG) network.

These clinical placement locations are centres of excellence, where you’ll work with multidisciplinary teams to provide first-class, patient-centred care. Students can be placed in any IEHG site on one or multiple occasions during their programme to enable them to achieve the necessary clinical learning outcomes.

* 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

In second year, you have the opportunity to study in Europe for a trimester. See


“I am a 2nd year Nursing student in UCD. Undertaking this degree was a big decision for me. Returning to education aged 40 with 3 children in school, I had a lot to juggle. It was a daunting task but the support available in UCD made it possible and thoroughly enjoyable. Online platforms provide excellent tools and resources and the provision of a writing and maths centre make it easy to get help when I need it. The lecturers are very friendly and are always readily available and willing to help. The mature student group is fantastic, we support each other every step of the way and I have made friends for life. I am loving my time in UCD.”

– Caoimhe Guilfoyle, Student

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