Wound Management and Tissue Viability

Nursing and midwifery

Course details

The MSc in Wound Management and Tissue Viability is a highly clinically relevant programme that enables nurses and midwives to advance their knowledge and skills in the provision of care and complex wounds.

Delivered by international wound management experts, this unique two-year online programme provides postgraduate students with guidance on the management of acute and chronic wounds in all healthcare settings, as well as the research skills necessary to play an important role in ensuring wound care practice continues to be based on the best evidence.

You will gain a specialist skillset based on best practice and the latest research and evidence, while exploring and analysing existing theories and concepts that are fundamental in wound management and tissue viability. The development of a thesis in the second year facilitates learners to work on a cutting-edge research knowledge base, built on exposure to modern-day best practice in research and evidence-based practice.

This advanced online programme attracts nurses and midwives from a variety of backgrounds and specialties and offers unrivalled opportunities for busy healthcare professionals to study within a collaborative and international cohort and build upon their educational and professional experience while continuing to balance personal and work commitments.

While Year 1 of the programme supports you to acquire the essential skillset to progress in your clinical nursing specialist career, the MSc qualification gained in Year 2 provides the leading edge to accelerate this career progression.

The Wound Management and Tissue Viability programme team are renowned in their fields and provide you with rich, dynamic and engaging online learning experiences. You are encouraged to fully immerse yourself in both evidence- and case-based studies over the two-year course period and to actively participate in the live seminars and activities.

Mode of delivery

The programme is delivered through a blend of online content and activities and live interactive sessions, offering a collaborative and supported student experience. You are encouraged to actively participate in the live seminars and activities; however, all live sessions are recorded and can be watched back if you have personal or work commitments.

Our experienced team have the skills, resources and technology to support and guide you, no matter your level of technical ability.


This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically:

  • Evaluate the application of clinical judgement to professional practice by utilising evidence-based practice within wound management and tissue viability.
  • Compare and contrast management and leadership approaches to the effective management and leadership in the provision of within wound management and tissue viability services.
  • Evaluate evidence-based methods of assessment and management of wounds of varying aetiologies with reference to person-centred care.
  • Discuss key considerations in the development of services for individuals with wounds of varying aetiologies within the context of a team approach to care.
  • Demonstrate competency in the delivery and evaluation of patient care within the field of wound management and tissue viability.
Year Module name Credits Assessment method
1 Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment and online activities
Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment and online activities
Advancing Professional Practice 10 Assignment and online activities
Advanced Concepts in Wound Healing & Tissue Repair 10 Assignment and online activities
Critical Issues in the Assessment and Management of Individuals with Leg Ulceration and Lymphoedema 10 Assignment, online activities and presentation
Critical Issues in the Assessment and Management of Individuals with Pressure Ulcers and Diabetic Foot Ulcers 10 Assignment and online activities
2 Generating Evidence for Practice 30 Thesis

Helen Strapp 

Helen Strapp is a Nurse Tutor at the School of Nursing & Midwifery at RCSI. She is a qualified RGN/RSCN/RNP/RANP, and has a PgDip in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair,  and an MSc in Nursing. During her nursing career she worked as a clinical nurse specialist in tissue viability and then as an advanced nurse practitioner in tissue viability.

She has over 20 years’ experience working in tissue viability and is a council member of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, a member of the European Wound Management Association and a founder member of the Wound Management Association of Ireland. She is also a member of the Tissue Viability Association of Ireland.

We are proud to be a recognised University of the National University of Ireland (NUI). All RCSI programmes are accredited by the NUI.

Recognition by Ministries and bodies in other jurisdictions must be determined by the individual applicants.

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Our team would be delighted to answer any questions that you may have regarding this programme. Please contact our team for more information.

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