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GMIT Mayo Nursing

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing (Non-EU/EEA Nurses)

New one year honours Nursing degree add-on for international students

Discipline: Nursing Health Sciences and Social Care

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Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year add-on

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: All candidates must be registered as a nurse in their home country.

Places: 25

Why Study?

Do you currently have a certificate, Diploma or Bachelor’s degree in nursing and would like to ‘top up’ to an Honours degree?

This course shares the vision of GMIT to provide life-long learning opportunities for international students through teaching and research. It aims to reflect the changing nature of health care nationally and internationally, and to provide students with the ability to analyse the context in which they provide care and will contribute to the development of knowledge and analytical skills of students, while enhancing their potential action and decision making skills.

It will also provide the basis for lifelong learning. In addition, this course aims to develop specific skills related to the facilitation of health gain and the maintenance of health status. It aims to enhance the graduates’ employability and adaptability, and should be relevant to nursing employers across a variety of health care settings.

This course will enable students to integrate and inter-relate knowledge, skills and attitudes in the areas of management, clinical practice and more generic areas of professional nursing and to apply them to practice. This course draws on the students’ prior learning and encourages further engagement in the process of lifelong learning.

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Programme Modules

The structure of the course is determined by the programme educational philosophy and the programme aim and learning outcomes. It provides a coherence to and a context for learning. It is a one-year programme designed as an add-on to a level 7 or equivalent award achieved in a non-EU/EEA context.

The programme is designed around four key themes:

  • The art and science of nursing
  • Understanding people and the context of care
  • Knowledge skills
  • Acute and long term illness

The programme modules have been developed around these four key themes as outlined in the following table:

Theme Module Credits
The Art and Science of Nursing Integrated care in the community 5
  Contemporary issues in the Art and Science of Nursing 5
Understanding people and the context of care Mental health practice for international nurses 5
  Nursing in Ireland viewed through a sociological lens 5
  Nursing Law and Ethics 5
  Transcultural workplace 5
  Development of management and leadership skills 5
Knowledge Skills Research 1 5
  Research 2 5
Acute and Longterm Illness Clinical practice and patient safety (International Nursing) 5
  Approaches to chronic illness management and prevention 10
Total credits   60



Outline of programme themes and associated modules

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will have access to further opportunities in post graduate education and pending registration with The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)*, employment as nurses with local, national or international healthcare employers.

Graduating from this proposed programme will particularly benefit these students in pursuing a clinical induction programme and subsequent registration if they so choose by providing them with advanced critical thinking and evidence based practice skills upon which they can base their clinical practice.

Furthermore having completed this programme they will also have developed enhanced contextual, cultural and professional insights into nursing in Ireland and the Irish health care system. Graduates of this programme who are already registered and practising as nurses in Ireland will advance their career prospects in terms of promotion eligibility and post-graduate training eligibility. This may be in the areas including health care management and or specialist clinical training.

(* The NMBI retain the sole responsibility for assessing and overseeing nurse registration for practice in Ireland. Completion of this proposed programme does not entitle graduates to automatic registration as a nurse with NMBI. EU trained applicants not entitled to direct registration under the provisions of EU Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC of The European Parliament and Council) plus non-EU trained applicants are individually assessed by The NMBI).

Essential Information: 

About the Campus:

The Mayo Campus of the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology is co-located with Mayo University Hospital.  A partnership currently exists with the hospital in facilitating clinical practice placement for the undergraduate nursing students.

The main campus of the Institute is located in County Galway which is the largest urban centre in the region and is a comfortable commute.  The main public hospital in County Galway is University Hospital Galway. The region is also served by two Private Hospitals which are affiliated to the Institute; again for undergraduate student placement.  They are the Bon’s Secours Hospital and the Galway Clinic.

Mayo University Hospital:

University Hospital Galway:

The Bons Secours Hospital:

The Galway Clinic:

County Mayo has a number of Health Service Executive publicly funded facilities for care of the older person.


About Mayo:

The GMIT is situated within the county town of Castlebar in the beautiful County Mayo in the west of Ireland.  A busy town with all the facilities you would expect to see by way of Arts and Culture, Restaurants, shopping, indoor and outdoor activities. There is so much to see and do throughout County Mayo you may well plan to be busy from one week to the next while you enjoy your studies with us.

The coastal town of Westport is just 20 minutes away which offers a variety of boutique shops and restaurants as well as access to The Great Western Greenway


Visa Requirements:

For all Visa queries please email our International Office.



The fee is currently €9,950.


Entry Requirements: 

Current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, (or eligible to do so)
Current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of the United Kingdom (or eligible to do so)
All candidates wishing to apply for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Non- EU/EEA Nurses) programme must be registered as a Nurse in their home country and have an international English language testing system (IELTS) proficiency score of 6.5 or equivalent of (In all categories including overall score, listening, reading, writing and speaking). The programme requires candidates to have attained a Level-7 qualification in Nursing, or its equivalent as guided by NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) Ireland.


All applications will be considered on individual merit.

Contact Us

John Gately
Programme Chair

Telephone: +353 (0)94 904 3247