Strategy Leadership & Innovation in Healthcare

It is a 30-ECTS-credit, QQI Level 9 interdisciplinary programme. The programme is offered every two years. The next intake is in September 2023. The minimum time to completion is one calendar year for part-time students; the maximum time is two calendar years.

These modules contribute 30 ECTS credits towards UCD's MSc in Leadership, Innovation and Management for Healthcare. Holders of the Graduate Certificate can complete the MSc by successfully completing a further 60 ECTS credits of study.

The programme will contribute to your personal and professional development by introducing you to ways of identifying, analysing, critiquing and evaluating 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, organisational and team contexts.

You will be prepared to become 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.

Subjects taught

The programme comprises three 10-ECTS-credit modules:

Trimester 1 (Sept to Dec 2023):
NMHS 44200: Health Systems and Health Policy
NMHS 44190: Global Health Landscape and Leadership

Trimester 2 (Jan to May 2024):
NMHS 44210: Enhancing Strategic and Innovative Capacity in Health Systems

For the 2023/24 timetable please contact the Programme Administrator.

The programme is delivered through blended learning, entailing face-to-face and online learning supported by Brightspace, UCD's virtual learning environment (VLE). It requires a total of 11 days' attendance between September and May.

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 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 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

How to Apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Cert Strategy, Leadership & Innovation in Healthcare PT (X872)
1 Years
Part Time

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


1 year part-time.

Post Course Info

The knowledge, understandings and skills acquired throughout the programme will prepare you to contribute as a leader and manager in a number of areas and at many levels in the health system, including:

Strategy design and implementation
Clinical leadership and management
Practice development
Management and administration

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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