Public & Patient Involvement in Health Research

Key programme benefits to future students
Public & patient involvement (PPI) in health research has been defined as research carried out ‘with’ or ‘by’ members of the public rather than ‘to’, ‘about’ or ‘for’ them. High quality PPI is about active and meaningful engagement with patients, carers, health care professionals, charities, community organisations and other members of the public throughout all stages of the research process.

This Professional Diploma in Public & Patient Involvement in Health Research is intended for existing research or clinical professionals who are seeking the additional knowledge, competencies and skills to employ meaningful PPI in their research. It is also relevant for professionals working in NGOs, as well as health service planners.

Over the course of this part-time, one-year, Level-9 programme, students become acquainted with the theories, methods and tools they will need to undertake high quality PPI research. This will include a comprehensive survey of literature and methods, exploration of participatory approaches within a wide variety populations and clinical and community settings, and critical consideration of ethical, power and equity issues inherent in this approach.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Introduction to Participatory Health Research for Public & Patient Involvement
• Methods in Participatory Health Research I
• PPI Research Project and Tutorial

Spring Modules
• Methods in Participatory Health Research II
• Advanced Participatory Health Research

Summer Modules
• Public and Patient Involvement Training School

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have a first or second class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. Garda Vetting required only in cases where individual proposed practicum involves children or vulnerable communities. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

What to include with your application
Qualification transcripts and certificates
A copy of your birth certificate or passport (long document)
If your 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.


1 year part-time, blended.

Enrolment dates


Post Course Info

Graduate careers
This programme is practical, offering students the opportunity to design a participatory/ PPI project over the course of the year. This allows students to experience the building of partnerships with PPI contributors and codesigning research within a meaningful collaboration. Upon completion of the programme, graduates will have equipped themselves with the knowledge, competencies and skills they will need to succeed at a career in PPI health research.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Minor Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Part time

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