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Nursing - Advanced Leadership

Why study nursing and midwifery at RCSI Dublin?

Educating future leaders in healthcare delivery and related research is at the core of the mission of the RCSI School of Nursing & Midwifery. The School aims to develop caring, reflective nursing and midwifery practitioners who can seek out and use research-based knowledge to improve patient care.

We are committed to providing students with outcome-focused curricula shaped by innovative teaching and learning practices. We have a long association with postgraduate nursing and midwifery education and are the largest such school in Ireland.

We aspire to become recognised leaders in the provision of health sciences education, both nationally and internationally. The suite of programmes we offer nurses and midwives in pursuit of postgraduate education is continually evolving in response to the needs within the healthcare service.

Our goal is to empower nurses and midwives to be able to demonstrate the difference they make to practice, and in doing so, to be able to respond accordingly to the leadership and professional challenges that they face every day.

Course Details

The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Leadership is a fully accredited six-month part-time programme aimed at nurses who wish to advance their academic and professional knowledge and skills within leadership in nursing.

The programme will develop your critical thinking and skills and help you to critically reflect on your leadership role and examine theories and policies underpinning leadership, strategy and change management. The programme also aims to develop your confidence as an active member of the healthcare team.

Learning outcomes

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

•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

•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.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the programme you must:

•Be active on the NMBI 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.


This six-month programme is run over two academic semesters; one modules is completed in the first semester and two modules in the second semester. Semester 1 is from September – December; Semester 2 begins in January

Study days take place in RCSI Dublin, approximately one day every second week, coupled with online learning.

Further enquiries

The staff of the RCSI School of Nursing & Midwifery are more than happy to assist you with queries relating to our programmes. Feel free to call us, email or visit us at 123 St Stephen's Green.

•Tel: +353 1 402 5137/5136


Subjects taught


The programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method

Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment

Advanced Management & Strategy 10 Assignment

Change Management: Theory and Practice 10 Presentation and assignment

Application date

Applications for the October 2020 intake of programme are now open. Please complete your application online.

During the application progress you will need to submit the following:

•A non-refundable application fee of €50

•Scanned copies of your transcripts

Course fee

Fees and funding

•Total fees: Fees are currently being reviewed for 2020/21 and will be released shortly.

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

Enrolment and start dates

Intake: October 2020

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