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Implementation Science

The Postgraduate Certificate in Implementation Science course has been designed to improve the knowledge and skills of health, social care and education professionals in the area of Implementation Science (IS); provide an understanding of the core principles of IS and their application to the complex environment of the health and social services. The course is aimed at the broad range of professionals working in health, social care and education who have responsibility for implementation of policies, programmes or projects. In addition to the core elements of IS the course also includes contributions from leading policymakers and senior managers in the wider Irish health, social care and education systems, thus ensuring a practical focus and equipping participants with the skills and understanding needed to implement policies, programmes and interventions effectively in a rapidly changing environment.

Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of interdisciplinary exchange within small group settings. Case studies and class discussion will facilitate the application of learning and ensure that the course imparts a theoretical framework of understanding whilst maintaining a practical focus. The course is designed to cater for the needs of EU and non-EU students.

The aims of the course are as follows:
1. To bring the core theory of IS to health, social care and education practitioners and to support the application of IS in the health, social care and education domains of practice
2. To analyse the factors impeding implementation in a variety of settings
3. To foster multi-disciplinary learning in an academic setting where the multi-disciplinary and multi-organisational backgrounds of the students will be developed as a source of learning.

Entry requirements

Prospective students must be graduates in a health or social care-related discipline with at least 3-4 years professional experience.

Other applications may be considered in exceptional circumstances based on workplace experience. Short-listed applicants may be interviewed if it is not possible to make a decision based on the online application.

Candidates from within and outside the EU will be eligible for enrolment onto each course, providing their primary degree is from a recognised institution.

Applications for admission to the course will be made online. The closing date for applications for entry to the course will be April 30th of the year of admission.


1 year part-time

Further enquiries

Course Director Professor Joe Barry
Course Coordinator Professor Catherine Hayes
Telephone Number: +353-1-896 1087
Course Email:;

Subjects taught

The course is a taught programme comprising 30 ECTS credits in a total of five modules:

Core Elements of Implementation Science (5 credits);

Managing People in Healthcare Organisations (10 credits);

Financial and Project Management (5 credits);

Information for implementation-using data to drive the implementation agenda (5 credits);

Turning theory into practice (5 credits);

Face-to face teaching typically takes place over three days (usually Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) of the calendar month over a six month period and consists of a combination of formal teaching sessions, workshops and interactive / practical sessions. Pre-module reading lists will be provided and will form part of the module teaching. Some modules may be undertaken by way of blended learning. All registered students will have access to an interactive web-based learning facility (Blackboard). Course materials will be circulated electronically via Blackboard.

Completion of each module is obligatory. Students are recommended to attend all of the taught modules.

Application date

Closing Date 31 July 2018

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2018

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