MSc Scholarship in Nursing at WIT in Ireland 2020

Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland invites applications for the MSc Scholarship funded by the Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit, HSE South East (CARE Collaboration) in the 2020/2021 academic year.

Women with an intellectual disability and their babies are at an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes (Goldarce, 2016). In 2007, eleven of the 19 Irish maternity units had no provisions in place to support women with an intellectual disability; advocacy services were limited and 84% did not have appropriately formatted information for use by women with intellectual disabilities (NDA, 2007). There is a dearth of evidence to suggest improvement in the maternity services since. As part of the Shaping the Future of Intellectual Disability Nursing, the role of the liaison to maternity services is advocated
(McCarron et al. 2018).

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While outlined in policy, the evidence supporting this has come from broad and detailed research focusing on the advancement of the RNID role. There remains a gap in the knowledge of the needs that shape intellectual disability specialism in the South-East of Ireland, which has a large regional maternity service across both acute and community sectors.

This proposed research seeks to make recommendations for specialist ID liaison to maternity service by a detailed exploration of experience of maternity care by women with an ID in the region. Moreover, this research proposes an exploration of multi-stakeholder service provider experiences of caring for women with an ID to identify areas of service delivery that might be bridged by specialist liaison.

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Table of Contents

Worth of Award

  • Stipend: €20,000 (Full time), €12,000 (Part time) Research postgraduate fees are included in the Scholarship Research costs:
  • €2,000 (Travel and Consumables)



  • Be a registered nurse on the active Register of Nurses and Midwives held by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) or be eligible to be so registered.
  • Applicants should hold or expect to attain, as a minimum, a 2.2 Honours degree, or equivalent, in Nursing /Midwifery or other Healthcare related discipline.
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  • Registered Nurse in Intellectual Disability (RNID)
  • First class undergraduate degree in Nursing/ Midwifery or Healthcare related degree programme.

Knowledge & Experience


  • Previous experience of working in the area of intellectual disability.
  • Previous research experience with and understanding or research processes and methods.
  • Understanding of nursing/midwifery care and related issues.


  • Knowledge and experience of data analysis.

Skills & Competencies


  • Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and analytical skills.
  • The candidate must be highly motivated and self-directed with good time and project management skills.
  • The candidate should have the capacity to manage large datasets and display willingness to travel for research purposes.
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  • Experience of communicating with health professionals and patients.

How to Apply

  • Please download the Research Postgraduate Application Form from the WIT Website and return completed applications to [email protected] quoting WD_MSC_2020_11 in the email subject line.
  • Please note that paper submissions will not be accepted.
  • Any queries relating to the application process should be emailed to [email protected]

Deadline: applications close September 8, 2020.


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