Leading & Innovating in Health Systems

GradDip Leading and Innovating in Health Systems
Graduate Taught (level 9 NFQ, credits 60)

The Graduate Diploma in Leading and Innovating in Health Systems is is one of a number of programmes offered by the UCD IRIS Centre for Interdisciplinary, Research, Innovation & Education in Health Systems.

The Graduate Diploma is a 60-ECTS-credit, QQI Level 9 interdisciplinary programme that is typically taken over two years.

The minimum time to completion is two years for part-time students; the maximum time is four calendar years.

Holders of the Graduate Diploma can obtain the MSc in Leadership, Innovation and Management for Healthcare by undertaking a further 30 ECTS credits of study.

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.

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The Graduate Diploma in Leading and Innovating in Health Systems is an interdisciplinary, applied and experiential programme that will appeal to healthcare professionals at all levels and in all settings within the health system who wish to think and practice strategically and innovatively to foster collaboration across traditional boundaries to deliver safe, high-quality, responsive, integrated and person-centred care.

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

To discuss whether the programme is suitable for you and to discuss module focus and content please contact the Programme Director, Professor Martin McNamara martin.mcnamara@ucd.ie.

Subjects taught

The programme comprises six 10-ECTS-credit modules:

YEAR 1 (2023-24)

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 2 (2024-25)

Trimester 1 (Sept to Dec):

NMHS32280: Improving Processes in Health Systems
NMHS42700: Quality, Patient Safety & Outcomes
Trimester 2 (Jan to April):

NMHS43830: Collective Leadership & Effective Teamwork
The programme is delivered through blended learning, entailing face-to-face and online learning supported by Brightspace, UCD's virtual learning environment (VLE).

There is a particular emphasis on experiential learning and on the application of learning to students' professional practice contexts through a range of activities. To optimise student engagement and participation, class sizes are limited to 20-25 students.

The teaching and learning methods include tutorials, workshops, faculty and peer-led seminars, and group work. Continuous assessment methods include project work, class presentations, student-led seminars, posters and assignments. There are no examinations.

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.

Please contact the Programme Director Martin McNamara martin.mcnamara@ucd.ie before you make your application.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL may be granted in respect of individual modules if applicants can demonstrate that the modules' learning outcomes have been achieved through prior credentialled or experiential learning. In some cases, where an applicant does not meet the prerequisites for entry to a programme, an RPL application may be considered. Further information can be found in respect of this here.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Leading and Innovating in Health Systems PT (X873)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

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


1 year, part-time.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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