BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
Full Time - Undergraduate Studies
CAO Code: DN451
CAO Points Range 2018: 477
Length of Course: 4.5 Years
Average Intake: 33
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.
Why is this course for me?
Are you drawn towards helping adults and children, and making a diﬀerence to their lives while they’re ill? Are you empathetic, resilient, reliable and a good communicator? Do you have an analytical, problem-solving mind? If so, this is the ideal career choice for you.
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.
What Will I Study
Modules of theory are followed by clinical placements. Experienced lecturers and practitioners will facilitate your learning in a friendly and supportive environment, where you attend lectures, workshops and tutorials in our state-of-the-art facilities on Belﬁeld campus. Clinical placements will help you to develop the required clinical competencies. Modules include: *
- Scholarship of Enquiry
- Scientific Principles
- Foundations of Nursing
- Interpersonal Skills
- Practice experience in a hospital setting for approximately 10 weeks
Second & Third Year
- Caring for Children and Adults with Medical-Surgical Problems
- Applied Social Science
- Specialty clinical placements include maternity care and caring for people with an intellectual disability
- Health and well-being – a sociological context for nursing
- Management & Quality Improvement
- Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare
- Clinical placement/internship
Assessment is through a combination of end-of-semester exams and continuous assessment, including assessment of performance on clinical placements.
Professional Work Experience
The majority of clinical learning takes place in our aﬃliated partner hospitals, all of which are national specialist centres of clinical excellence: Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, and in numerous other clinical sites within the Ireland East Hospital Group.
* Please Note: Curriculum may be subject to change in line with NMBI Nurse Registration Programmes Standards and Requirements.
International Study Opportunities
You may have the opportunity to study in a choice of European locations for a semester between stages 2 and 4.
“I’m so happy I chose to study in UCD. It has such a fantastic student atmosphere, and brilliant facilities, societies and clubs. I’ve always known I wanted to work with children, and this course is perfect. With great staﬀ members, both in UCD and in the clinical areas, it provides a wonderful learning opportunity in a friendly environment. The course has a good balance of clinical placement and lectures, providing both knowledge and practical experience. There are so many opportunities for me upon graduation, both in Ireland and abroad, and I’m excited for my future as a Registered Children’s Nurse and a Registered General Nurse.”
Molly O’Toole, Student