Health Systems - Leadership Innovation & Management for Healthcare

How will I benefit?
The programme will contribute to your personal and professional development by enabling you to identify, analyse, critique and evaluate the ways in which you and your colleagues currently lead and manage. You will acquire the capacity to locate ways of leading and managing within relevant conceptual frameworks and to situate them in systems, policy, organisational and team contexts.

You will be prepared to be a more responsive, effective and resilient leader and manager who thinks and practices strategically and innovatively to improve patients' and colleagues' experiences of the health system.

You will be equipped with theories, concepts, models, frameworks, tools, techniques and research findings that will enable you to develop a deep appreciation of how the health system works and how you can maximise yours and your colleagues' contribution to it.

Subjects taught

The MSc in Leadership, Innovation and Management is a 90 ECTS credit, QQI Level 9, part-time, modular and interdisciplinary programme taken over three years.

The 2024/2025 Timetable will be available in April 2024.
For students commencing the programme from September 2024.

YEAR 1 (2024-25)
Trimester 1 (Sept to Dec):
NMHS 32280: Improving Processes in Health Systems
NMHS 42700: Quality, Patient Safety and Outcomes

Trimester 2 (Jan to April):
NMHS 43830: Collective Leadership and Effective Teamwork
YEAR 2 (2025-26)

Trimester 1 (Sept to Dec):
NMHS 44200: Health Policy and Health Systems
NMHS 44190: Global Health Landscape and Leadership

Trimester 2 (Jan to April):
NMHS 44210: Enhancing Strategic and Innovative Capacity in Health Systems
YEAR 3 (2026-27)

NMHS 43400: Managing Process Improvement Theory & Principles

NMHS 43810: Implementing a Process Improvement Project (year long)

NMHS44020: MSc Dissertation: Evidence Synthesis or Translation
Graduates of the UCD Graduate Certificate in Process Improvement in Health Systems can complete the MSc by taking an additional 50 ECTS credits of study over two years.

Graduates of the UCD Professional Certificate in Process Improvement can complete the MSc by taking an additional 80 ECTS credits over three years.

Entry requirements

- Applicants will normally hold an NQF Level 8 academic award but consideration will be given to applicants with relevant and appropriate qualifications and experience working in the health system
- Experience in a management and/or leadership role is desirable
- A willingness to explore your own leadership and management practices and their impact on the systems in which you work is essential.
- You are welcome to contact the Programme Director, Professor Martin McNamara ( to discuss the programme and its suitability for you before you make your application.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Leadership, Innovation & Management for Healthcare PT (X839)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Please contact the Programme Director before you make your application. We advise early application as only 25 places are available on most MSc modules.
Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​
Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €60 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.


2 Years Part Time
Delivery - Blended

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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Careers & Employability
The knowledge, understandings and skills acquired throughout the programme will prepare you to make a significant contribution as a leader and manager in a number of areas and at many levels in the health system, including:

Organisational development
Strategy design and implementation
Policy design and implementation
Quality and service improvement
Clinical leadership and management
Practice development
Management and administration

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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