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COURSE TITLE Higher Diploma in Health Science in Nursing Studies









Short Cycle Qualification

Level 5

2 Years



The overall aim of the programme is to equip prospective nurses with the knowledge, skills and competences associated with competent, caring and professional practitioners, who are committed to provide quality nursing care in a variety of health and social care settings and to their continued professional and academic development. It is in view of this that this course comprises both theoretical and practical components, with a diversified content that is designed to develop the students’ ability to draw upon the various types of knowledge, the appropriate skills and an understanding of an individual’s personal choices, to guide appropriate nursing action in a variety of settings. The programme conforms to the European Union Directives on Nursing Education and secures recognition as a first level nurse across EU member states.
LEARNING OUTCOMES The course aims to:

• Prepare prospective nurses who through critical thinking, knowledge and reflection are able to practice independently in a professional, accountable manner;
• Provide students with knowledge of the theories and concepts that underpin and challenge nursing practice;
• Provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes central to nursing to function effectively as a professional nurse; and
• Provide students with the interpersonal skills to be key members of the multidisciplinary team within any health care setting.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Completion of this programme of studies leads to registration on the general section of the nurse register of the Council for Nurses and Midwives.

Diploma holders are able to work in a variety of clinical areas, including:

• Community and home care
• School nursing
• Acute hospital settings
• Long-term and rehabilitation settings

Diploma holders are eligible to apply to join part-time programmes offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences leading to a Bachelor’s degree.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This course programme is suitable for persons who have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, in particular listening skills. Nursing is suitable for individuals who are able to work under pressure and cope well in stressful situations. Such persons should have a caring attitude, be able to show respect to clients and their colleagues and uphold professional and personal integrity. These persons need to be flexible about their working hours and have a good background in the sciences, particularly in biology.
MOBILITY PERIOD Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the summer period of the first year of the course.
To be registered as regular students in the Course, applicants must have obtained all the credits of the Preparatory Course, specifically related to the proposed area of study in the Higher Diploma, which shall extend over a period of one year of full-time study, immediately prior to the commencement of the Course. If by the end of the Preparatory Course, students do not successfully complete all the study-units and obtain the 60 ECTS credits they shall not be admitted to the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2017.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 24 March 2017
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

For applicable fees please check the link on the Finance Office webpage.
CPD Study-Unit - MNH4001 Child and Adolescent Mental Health

During Semester 2 of Academic Year 2017/8, the Department of Mental Health shall be offering the study-unit MNH4001 Child and Adolescent Mental Health to registered professionals in possession of a first degree, currently working with children or adolescents.

Applications shall be received between the 27th November and the 1st December 2017.


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