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Nursing - Advanced Leadership

The MSc in Advanced Leadership is a fully accredited two-year part-time Masters programme aimed at nurses who wish to advance their academic and professional knowledge and skills within leadership in nursing.

The programme will develop your ability to critically reflect on your leadership role and examine theories and policies underpinning health and healthcare, at an individual and organisational level. The programme also aims to develop your confidence as an active member of the healthcare team and enable you to participate in the interdisciplinary team approach to care delivery.

Throughout the programme, you will develop an in-depth knowledge of information retrieval, data management skills, referencing skills, systematic reviewing, research implementation and action research skills as well as developing and engaging in research projects and activities across disciplinary boundaries and with academic institutions in the area of leadership.

Learning outcomes 

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:

•Critically analyse research, relevant knowledge and evidence-based practice.

•Evaluate the application of clinical judgement to professional leadership practice by utilising evidence-based practice

•Apply leadership skills in strategic planning and auditing of services as they relate to nursing practice and integrate learning from the audit process into strategies for the improvement of services

•Evaluate the role of teaching and education in the development of professional practice and initiate, implement and evaluate training as appropriate

•Analyse the components of clinical governance, patient safety and risk management and demonstrate an understanding of the challenges affecting leadership in nursing and healthcare at the individual and organisational level in an ever-changing healthcare system

•Compare and contrast management and leadership approaches.

•Critically self-evaluate your professional and personal learning needs, while identifying and accepting responsibility for seeking out opportunities for growth and learning.


2 years part-time

Subjects taught

In the first year of the programme, you will have one day of classes every two weeks in RCSI Dublin, with supplementary learning via online classes.

In the second year, you have less in-class sessions; however, this is supplemented with supervision sessions.

The programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method

Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment

Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment

Advanced Management & Strategy 10 Assignment

Change Management: Theory and Practice 10 Presentation and assignment

Education & Training 10 Presentation and assignment

Contemporary Issues: Clinical Governance, Safety and Risk Management 10 Presentation and assignment

Generating Evidence for Practice 30 Oral assessment, ethics assignment, methodology assignment and systematic review

Application date

To be eligible for the programme you must:

•Be active on the Opens in new windowNMBI register.

•Hold a Level 8 degree* or international equivalent, demonstrated through a defined recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.

Please note:
*If you do not hold a level 8 qualification, you may still be eligible to join the programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route.

Course fee

Year 1: €6,430
Year 2: €6,430

Please note

•Your annual fees include the €45 NUI fee.

•There is a non-refundable online application fee of €50.

•Fees can be paid by bank transfer, cheque (made payable to 'RCSI') or bank giro. Full details on fee payment will be emailed to you shortly before the commencement of your programme.

•You can pay your fees in three instalments – one payment of 40% is due before you commence the programme, while the remaining payments can be paid in two 30% instalments in November and February of your year of study.

•If you meet the criteria for a Non-EU student please contact us for more information on fee payments.

Sponsored students

If you are being fully-sponsored (100%) for your programme, please submit a copy of your funding letter to as soon as possible. We are unable to register you on your programme until this letter is received.

If you are being sponsored for a portion of your total fees, you will be required to follow the self-funding payment timeline above. Therefore, if you are 50% funded you can pay the remaining 50% of your fee in three instalments – we will be unable to register you until your funding letter is received and at least 40% of your portion of the fee is paid.

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