Postgraduate
PG Dip Nursing – Oncology

University College Cork

Course Overview


This is an exciting new pathway of the MSc/ Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing programme, Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Oncology) is being offered a blended learning programme

(part online and part attendance at workshops/tutorials). It is designed to meet the needs of nurses working in oncology settings who wish to undergo a specialist oncology programme. The philosophy underpinning oncology programmes in the School recognises the uniqueness of the individual at each stage of the cancer care trajectory. The physical and psychosocial effect of cancer creates specific needs for patients and families from diagnosis to treatment and through to survivorship.
The course provides a structured programme of study that enables the student to develop knowledge, skills and competencies in oncology nursing practice. Blended learning approach will allow more accessibility and flexibility to students of the programme.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months Full-time (1 Year)


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options


Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 14,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • The Postgraduate Diploma in Oncology Nursing is the only course offering an MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Oncology Nursing in the HSE Southern region. This course leads to an MSc in Nursing.
  • The incidence of cancer is increasing steadily in our society. Therefore, it is important that nurses working in oncology practice are equipped with advanced knowledge and skills to care for patients living with a diagnosis of cancer. The curriculum will enable students to integrate specialised knowledge and technical skills to help people living with cancer and their families throughout the cancer journey.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

There are 7 clinical pathways to the degree of Masters in Nursing, all of which have an exit route available for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing. The pathways to degree of Masters including Postgraduate Diploma exit route are all available to view in the College Calendar.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PATHWAY 11: ONCOLOGY NURSING
Applicants for this MSc in Nursing, including Postgraduate Diploma exit route, should normally:
1. Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or be eligible for such registration as required for individual pathways. For the Oncology Nursing Pathway, applicants must be Registered General Nurses;
2. Have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways. For the Oncology Nursing Pathway, applicants must have a minimum of six months of post-registration experience (excluding courses) and at least six months experience in the speciality pathway applied for;
3. Applicants must provide written evidence of support from their Director of Nursing/equivalent authorised Nurse Manager stating:
(a) The applicant will be working in the relevant specialist area for the duration of the programme for a minimum of 19.5 hours a week
(b) They will be released from practice to attend the programme requirements
(c) A Clinical Preceptor and/or Clinical Facilitator can support learning in the specialist area of practice for the duration of the programme.

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET):
College of Medicine and Health: All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies): DET 110-115 + Skills Check.DET 120 or more eligible for full offer
IELTS Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Medicine and Health: All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies): 6.5 Minimum individual sections 6.5
TOEFL Minimum Requirements:
College of Medicine and Health: All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies): TOEFL 90; Listening – 23; Reading – 21; Speaking – 22; Writing 23
CPE Cambridge Proficiency Minimum Requirements:
College of Medicine and Health: All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies): 176 overall with not less than 176 in each element of the test
CAE Cambridge Advanced Minimum Requirements:
College of Medicine and Health: All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies): 176 overall with not less than 176 in each element of the test
Pearson PTE Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Medicine and Health: All Programmes (Except Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing Studies): 63 Minimum individual sections 63
Trinity ISE:
Trinity ISE III with at least merit in each skill category

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects


This programme will enable nurses practising in an oncology setting to advance their knowledge and skills to care for patients diagnosed with cancer.

Notes


1. This programme will be taught online. All Students will be initially registered for the postgraduate diploma in nursing full time. If a student wishes to progress to the masters they will be registered for the 2nd year part time.
2. In exceptional circumstances applicants who do not fulfil the entry requirements may be recommended for entry to the programme following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the programme committee. Such applicants may be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
3. Prospective students who do not fulfil the clinical practice experience entry requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Oncology Nursing may be eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing programme (30 credits).