Human Performance & Innovation - Research

Key programme benefits to future students
The aim of the PD is to provide experienced professionals (≥ 5 yrs.) with enhanced skills and knowledge enabling them to envision, evolve, theoretically substantiate and rigorously evaluate, novel innovations beneficial to their specific domains of expertise.

The PD recognises that mature practitioners, embedded in professional environments, already have substantial domain-specific knowledge, expertise and experiences. The PD route thus offers professionals a personally tailored programme of study designed to drive, implement and evaluate beneficial innovations which are within their realm of expertise, pivotal to their practice and serve their future career ambitions.

The programme is a direct response to an evident and growing societal need for professionals who are both academically astute and capable of demonstrating high-level critical thinking.

Key Fact: The PD offers a practitioner-centred programme of professional development leading to a doctoral level qualification. The PD recognises the need to create agile and tailored programmes of study moulded around the working lives of busy professionals operating in high-pressure.

Subjects taught

Year 1 - Modules
• Personal Review and Development Planning
• The Professional Paradigm 1: Practical and Theoretical Frameworks
• Evaluation Methods and Analysis 1
• The Professional Paradigm 2: Evolving and Theory Evidence, Practice and Innovation

Year 2 - Modules
• Professional Innovation: Intervention Design and Evaluation 1
• Evaluation Methods and Analysis 2
• Innovation Progression 1
• Professional Innovation Intervention Design and Evaluation 2

Year 3 - Modules
• Professional Innovation: Intervention Design and Evaluation 3
• Professional Innovation: Intervention Design and Evaluation 4
• Professional Innovation: Intervention Design and Evaluation 5
• Innovation Progression 2

Year 4 - Modules
• Professional Innovation: Intervention Design and Evaluation 6
• Professional Innovation: Intervention Design and Evaluation 7
• Professional Innovation: Intervention Design and Evaluation 8
• Innovation Progression 3

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Professional Doctorate in Human Performance and innovation require a minimum 2.2 honours degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in a relevant area, or a professional qualification deemed equivalent. Specifically, all prospective candidates require a minimum of 5 years’ professional experience. Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) entry will be available for those without a related degree if they can demonstrate significant relevant professional experience. An application via RPL requires a supporting statement uploaded with the application. Applicants may be interviewed as part of the application process.

What to include with your Application
Qualification transcripts and certificates
Completed Additional Application Documentation form. Please note for applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirements this form facilitates the submission of your RPL supporting statement - click here for additional documentation
A copy of your birth certificate (long document) or Passport
English language qualification - If your degree qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.




4 years part-time, online.


MSc Biological and Biomolecular Science (F104) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8170
nonEU fee per year - € 25600

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates


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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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