The main goal of the MSc. Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety is to prepare the student to deliver healthcare simulation, run a healthcare simulation centre, and carry out research on or using healthcare simulation.


Course Outline

This is the second year of the course. The course is delivered through distance learning. This delivery method allows the student to study at a time that is convenient to them, no matter where they live. The modules are delivered using a combination of multi-media presentations, online discussion boards, and online tutorials. There is no face-to- face requirement for the second year of the MSc. Programme

Modules 1 to 6 will be delivered during the first academic year and are the same as for the Diploma course. Modules 7 and 8 will be delivered during the second academic year of study and commence in September.

Module 1. An introduction to simulation and training in healthcare

Module 2. Simulation with manikin and task based trainers

Module 3. Standardised patients, virtual patients, and hybrid simulation

Module 4. Human factors and patient safety in simulation

Module 5. Uses of medical and healthcare simulation beyond education

Module 6. Running an effective simulation-based education programme

Module 7. Research Methods for Medical and Healthcare Simulation.

Module 8. Research Thesis.

The course will be assessed by:

  • Student participation and reflection on weekly discussion board activities related to the materials presented during the research methods module.
  • Completion of module assignments.
  • Completion of a research proposal and methodology paper
  • Completion of a 4,000 to 5,000 simulation-focused research dissertation in the format of a peer-reviewed journal.

2 year Masters Cost (2022): €5,500 per annum for a student from the EEA (€11,000) and €9,000 per annum for a student from non-EEA (€18,000)

Career Opportunities

In the last decade there have been large changes in the undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare education, the delivery of healthcare, and the working  environment. These changes have led to a large investment in simulation centres nationally and internationally. There has also been an increase in the amount of research being carried out in simulation and using simulation for research. The MSc. Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety will provide the student with the expertise required to lead and carry out research in simulation-based education in undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare teaching environments.

Master of Science (MSc.) Healthcare Simulation and Patient Safety Entry Requirements

Simulation Masters

An honours Bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8

Simulation Masters

Demonstrated interest in simulation

Simulation Masters

Demonstrated proficiency in English

Simulation Masters

Previous experience or academic qualification

Entry Requirements Explained

  • An honours Bachelor degree at NFQ Level 8 in a relevant healthcare discipline (e.g. medicine, nursing, speech and language therapy, pharmacy or other health science), although applicants with evidence of at least three years equivalent professional/academic experience will be considered (e.g. Emergency Medicine Technicians, simulation technicians, centre administrative staff).
  • Demonstrated interest in simulation.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English. IELTS score 6.5 required.
  • Previous experience, or an academic qualification, in the education and teaching of healthcare professionals.

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