Nursing (Children’s & General)

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time – Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN451
CAO Points Range 2019: 475
Length of Course: 4.5 Years
Average Intake: 33

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 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: *

First Year

  • Scholarship of Enquiry
  • Scientific Principles
  • Foundations of Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Practice experience in a hospital setting for approximately 10 weeks

Second & Third Year

  • Caring for Children and Adults with Medical-Surgical Problems
  • Pharmacology
  • Applied Social Science
  • Specialty clinical placements include maternity care and caring for people with an intellectual disability

Fourth Year

  • 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: Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin, 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.

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International Study Opportunities

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



“Of all the major decisions I made post leaving cert, coming to UCD was definitely one of the best! The university is truly a university of many opportunities, that moulds and shapes you into the graduate you become! The course is divided equally between academic time in UCD and clinical placement. You really do have the best of both worlds with this course, enjoying the campus experience while gaining essential practical skills. The support and guidance we receive from the excellent lecturers is also a great plus and makes the journey much smoother. I’m now faced with an abundance of opportunity on graduation, both in Ireland and abroad. The world really is my oyster. Taking on the course is a big commitment, but one I would thoroughly

Yewande Ogunnaike Graduate

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