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What do nursing, education, and allied health programmes have in common? One: the world requires experienced professionals in each to secure a healthier, happier future. Two: you can expand your foray into each discipline with postgraduate programmes at the University of Limerick’s Faculty of Education and Health Sciences.

Located along the glorious River Shannon, Ireland’s leading sporting campus enjoys an unspoiled natural environment that will take your breath away. Here, you’ll find a suite of exciting and relevant degrees, facilities, and faculty with decades of experience in delivering quality education. It also has the country’s largest on-campus accommodation, spanning six student villages with 2,600 rooms. They soak up the rich art and culture in and around Limerick, including at the University Concert Hall, the Irish Chamber Orchestra Building, and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Future professionals in public health, psychology, and education are drawn to the robust Master of Science (MSc) programmes at the University of Limerick. Students and graduates benefit from the university’s strong business and industry links, creating the foundation for fulfilling careers anywhere in the world. Check out four such programmes you could pursue in this vibrant environment.

MSc Infection Prevention and Control Leadership

This flexible, part-time, taught programme is designed to enable students to become leaders and champions in infection prevention and control practice, a vision advocated nationally and internationally. The interdisciplinary nature of the level 9 programme supports students to develop their innovative ideas and talent and equips students with knowledge and skills needed to navigate a dynamic and evolving complex healthcare environments. It is made for registered healthcare professionals with the drive to champion effective infection prevention and control practices, both nationally and globally. You will explore how best practices tie in with governance, evidence, and risk, thus equipping yourself to step up to future roles.

Simply put, this MSc will transform you into an effective healthcare leader in today’s world. In the words of senior lecturer Dr Liz Kingston, “The interdisciplinary nature of the programme equips students with knowledge and skills needed to navigate a dynamic and evolving complex healthcare environment. On successful completion, students will have acquired leadership and management capabilities for the development and implementation of effective infection prevention and control management strategies.”

University of Limerick, Faculty of Education & Health Sciences

Source: University of Limerick, Faculty of Education & Health Sciences

Master of Educational Leadership

This two-year, part-time innovative fully online Master programme is designed to enable teachers, with experience of working in EU and non-EU settings, to obtain a professional qualification that will enhance their career opportunities. The programme builds on the student’s experience of international educational systems and enhances their professional and leadership skills, whilst providing a supportive learning environment. The programme will also yield a global supportive network upon which participants can draw to excel as future educational leaders.

“The Master of Education in Educational Leadership is providing me with opportunities to engage with research, theory, historical and global trends and practice, and most importantly, like-minded learning partners to ensure that my leadership of the education of young people is enlightened and assured,” shares Fionnghuala King, Principal of Mount St. Michael Secondary School in the west of Ireland.

MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice

Health professionals are invited to enhance their clinical and academic capabilities through this programme. Each module is designed to be seamlessly integrated into your practice, complete with case studies, pathway development, and culture-based projects. You can pursue it part-time or full-time, over the course of one to three years.

Wesley Mulcahy, a Senior Occupational Therapist at Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin found the perfect blend of face-to-face, online, and self-directed learning at the University of Limerick. He completed his postgraduate studies while working full-time. “The modules undertaken have allowed me to complete projects with a very direct impact on my practice, including case studies, pathway development and culture change projects. This has allowed the study to have a very applied, practical element and as such, doesn’t feel separate from my clinical practice,” he testifies.

MSc Psychological Science

Come focus on research methods, as well as applied, social, and clinical psychology in this one-year, full-time programme. You will develop and apply best practices for independent studies, optimise communication skills, and nurture a professional sensitivity that will guide the upcoming chapters of your career. Graduate Andrew Moynihan found the ideal opportunity to specialise here, learning topics such as existential psychology, community psychology, and social identity research — all of which address key issues in modern society.

“Small classes on the MSc programme create an atmosphere of mutual support, which enhances the learning and college experience,” he shares. “This is made all the better by the excellent teaching, first-rate research, and eagerness to help that comes from working with a pleasant, friendly, and professional staff. The University of Limerick is a beautiful and modern campus with excellent facilities, and my experience in the MSc Psychological Science has made me more competent, professional, and confident in my career.”

Interested to know more? Head on over to the official website.

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