Management for Healthcare Professionals

This module is ideally suited to all health care professionals within the multidisciplinary team who are considering to further their education at Masters level (Level 9) and hold a minimum of an NFQ Level 8 degree.

We also offer a level 8 (Degree Level) Certificate in Management and Leadership in Healthcare. This is a workshop based programme that provides the learner with skills necessary for leadership and management and might be more suitable to those who have not studied at third level for some time. You can look at it here.

This 10 credit Level 9 (Masters Degree Level) is a special purpose award in management, specifically designed for those healthcare professionals who wish to develop a systematic and deeper understanding of knowledge and advanced skills in healthcare management. It will provide students with a level of critical awareness to enhance their professional competence in the effective management of health services. On completion of this programme students will have gained confidence in their management and leadership skills through participation in our workshops and networking with colleagues. The course is structured to support the learner while facilitating those who are in full time employment. The flexible nature of the programme works best for the busy healthcare professional who wishes to engage with the programme content during their off duty time.

A blended learning approach is used to deliver the programme over one semester following a workshop format spread over 3 "blocks" during the semester. Each Block will include a 1 day workshop using a combination of Synchronous (Real time) and Asynchronous (Flexible access) approaches. Students will also be expected to engage in a number of online activities between each block. These activities enhance the content of the workshop towards developing managerial knowledge and skills and will underpin the programme assessment. During the Covid Pandemic this programme has been run fully online.

The programme provides learning opportunities and resources but places an emphasis on self-directed learning. Students must be able and willing to take significant responsibility for their own academic and professional development with a focus on independence and autonomy. This approach creates an exciting and stimulating environment that is student and practice focused. The ratio of staff to student is low providing the students with a unique opportunity to develop and learn.

Subjects taught

It is a 10 credit Level 9 (Masters Degree Level) special purpose award in management delivered over one semester. Students will be expected to attend for a one day workshop x 3 (3 learning blocks) spread across the semester in addition to continuous online learning activities and final assessment.

Block 1
Organisational Culture
Management and Leadership theories in practice
Quality assurance

Block 2
Resource Planning and Budgeting
Business Planning
Negotiation and Conflict Management
Feedback and performance appraisal

Block 3
Resilience and Motivation
Transactional Analysis
Team Dynamics

Entry requirements

Entry Details
Working as a healthcare professional.
Hold a minimum of an NFQ Level 8 degree or equivalent.
Applicants who do not hold the standard qualifying NFQ Level 8 qualification criteria, but have relevant work experience may be considered for admission to the programme under the Institute's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process and subject to an interview.
Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English. Please see our website for more details

Application dates



3 months

Post Course Info

What career opportunities will I have?
Opportunities to advance a career in a clinical, management or academic post.
Opportunities for further studies at Masters/PhD level
Opportunities to develop professionally and personally

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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