Implementation Science

Course Description
Implementation Science is the study of methods to promote the systematic integration of research findings and evidence into healthcare policy and practice. The course aims to equip students with the research and practical skills necessary to design, implement and evaluate policies, programmes and /or interventions that result in sustained improvement in health and social care services.

The course will be of interest to all those who have responsibility for delivery and implementation of policies within their workplace. The course is designed to cater for the needs of EU and non-EU students. Its content will be underpinned by innovative research into the approaches that work best in the translation of research evidence to practice in those sectors. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of interdisciplinary exchange within small group settings. Case studies and class discussion will facilitate the application of learning. Students will be educated in advanced research methods and will be expected to undertake a dissertation in an applied area of Implementation Science.

This internationally accredited course includes contributions from leading Implementation Science experts nationally and internationally including from statutory agencies and non-governmental organisations. Associate Professor Catherine Hayes is the Course Director and Assistant Professor Catherine Darker Is the Course Coordinator. The Centre for Effective Services (CES) is an independent organisation that connects policy, practice and research, helping to ensure the implementation of effective services to improve the lives of people across the island of Ireland. CES collaborates with Trinity College Dublin on the development and delivery of the foundation modules on this course. Dr Allison Metz is Director of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) at the University of North Carolina, USA. She specialises in the implementation, mainstreaming and scaling of evidence to achieve social impact. She will contribute to the Human Resources for Implementation module. Professor Per Nilsen is recognised as a leading international expert in Implementation Science research and has contributed to building an ambitious implementation research programme for PhD and Masters students at Linköping University, Sweden. He will contribute to the foundation modules of the course.

Entry requirements

The course will admit applicants at graduate 2.1 level primarily from a health or social care-related discipline with at least three years' professional experience.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake September 2020

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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