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Leadership & Management

Professional Diploma Leadership & Management
This programme is for those who wish to acquire or further develop their management and leadership capacities. All those actively involved in strategic thinking and practice. It is also relevant for specialist functional managers, e.g. IT and HR who are beginning to contribute to the strategy process.

Who is the programme for?
This is a programme which will provide students with the the critical elements of leadership: strategic thinking and the process of strategic management, managing change, and effective leadership. Opportunities are provided to reflect on the application of relevant conceptual models in order to develop and expand your leadership and strategic management skills. The programme is at level 9 and comprises 20 ECTS credits which can contribute towards further awards up to MSc level.

Programme aims
This programme delivers foundation modules that enhance the students learning experience and leadership skills in a manner that is conducive to a employed health care professional.

What will I learn?
The ability to contribute more effectively to strategy in your organisation and improve your confidence when engaging in strategic discussions and making strategic decisions. This certificate offers students the opportunity to study two modules and can be used to build on future learning. Credits are awarded that can be used to proceed to MSc level. It is also aimed at preventing time away from the workplace by being scheduled on Monday mornings and flexibility in payment also. Students who have not got a primary degree but a lot of experience can apply for consideration through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process.

How will I benefit?
Credit obtained from this programme will readily contribute to an MSc degree for those who wish to pursue that option in the future.

Teaching methods
A wide a range of diverse and student-centered teaching methods are used. Blackboard, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching, is used extensively.

Entry requirements

•Applicants must be registered as a professional nurse or midwife on a live register or healthcare professional registered with the appropriate body

•Applicants must be employed in clinical practice/management while undertaking the programme

•Experience in management is desirable


1 year part-time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers/where can I go?
With your newly developed management and leadership skills, you can work in a health care environment in a number of areas including:
•Human Resource Management
•Practice development
•Advanced nursing and clinical specialties
•Education/professional development
•You also have the option to continue to build on your modules and progress to MSc level

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:
Bernadette Manley
Senior Executive Assistant
B 213, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6499

Academic Enquiries:
Dr Phil Halligan
B303, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6420

Subjects taught

Programme structure
The programme is held in Semester 1 and 2. Examinations take place at the end of each semester.

Core modules & European Credit Transfer System ( ECTS)
•Leadership and Organisational Dynamics - 10 ECTS
•Management in Action - 10 ECTS

Total = 20 ECTS

Application date

How to apply
Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

Enrolment and start dates

X700 September

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