Doctorate of Nursing Programme (DN) at UCC

The Doctorate of Nursing Programme (DN) was launched in 2010. This new and innovative programme was developed and established by Emeritus Professor Geraldine McCarthy. The curriculum is planned to develop the knowledge and skills of individual nurses/midwives to function effectively as advanced leaders in academic, clinical practice and policy contexts and to be nurse/midwife practitioners at the highest level of practice.

Course Content

The programme curriculum is divided into two sections. Students take intensive theory modules in the first half of the programme developing their specialist discipline expertise. This requires attendance in the school for approximately 12 days over the course of the academic year. The theory modules relate to advanced nursing theory, health systems policy and regulations, leadership and collaboration, ehealth & informatics and advanced research methods. In the second half of the programme students concentrate on preparing their doctoral thesis (40,000 words). The total credits for the degree is 270 credits.

Entry Requirements

  • Compliance with UCC’s graduate study admission requirements.
  • Completion of a Master’s degree in nursing/midwifery/related discipline.
  • Registered Nurse or Midwife with Irish Nursing and Midwifery Board or be qualified for such a registration.
  • Have a minimum of one-year post master’s experience or provide evidence that they can perform at this level thereby satisfying the University that they have the ability to complete the programme.

Course duration

The programme is normally completed over a 3-year timeframe. (Students can however register part-time for the third year).

Course Code


How to apply

Application is online at:

The closing date for applications: 13th June 2014.

(EU fees: €4000/year (academic year 2013/2014 fees schedule)

Full programme information here

Enquiries to:< br/> Professor Josephine Hegarty
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. T: +353 (0)21 4901462


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