Professional Certificate in Healthcare Innovation

This programme It is one of a number of programmes offered by the UCD IRIS Centre for Interdisciplinary, Research, Innovation & Education in Health Systems. It contains the essential elements to allow students gain insight into developing and executing organisational strategy to build a sustainable culture for creativity and innovation. This programme is recognised at Level 9 on the National Qualification Authority of Ireland (NQAI) framework.

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Who is the programme for?

The programme is open to applicants from a range of professional backgrounds, clinical and managerial.

Programme objectives

The aim of this programme is to help you acquire and apply knowledge and understanding to enhance yours and your organisation's innovation capacity.

What will I learn?

The programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge and tools to critially examine the role of innovation in improving safety and quality in a healthcare setting. 

Programme structure and workshop dates

The programme comprises one module - Innovation in Healthcare: Local and Global. It critically examines the key components of innovative organisations, and strategies for innovating more effectively. It will be delivered through one-day workshops (four in total) and assessed through a variety of continuous assessment strategies. There will be no examinations. The workshops require a high-level of participant engagement and comprise a series of exercises and activities that emphasise the critical evaluation of theory in practice

Attendance dates 2021

NMHS43620 Innovations in Healthcare, Local and Global

  • Wednesday 27 January (10am - 4.30pm)
  • Wednesday 24 February (10am - 4.30pm)
  • Wednesday 24 March (10am - 4.30pm)
  • Wednesday 12 May (10am - 4.30pm)


Student testimonials

The Professional Certificate receives consistently positive evaluations from students.

Samples of student comments 

2017/18 cohort:

"Expands concept of innovation and beiief in your own innovation capacity

"Enjoyable, real eye-opener, highly recommend" - "Everyone should take this module"

"Opens the mind to new learnng, gave me a language to voice my learning" - "Good class interaction and comradeship"

"Good team learning, high trust developed within group" - "Interesting materials and discussions"  - "Interactive learning, not traditional lecturing"

"Thank you for taking me on this amazing journey"

2018/19 cohort:

"I have really learned so much in this module, which has changed the way I work and I approach work in a different way now"

"I learned the true concept of innovation and the tools needed to apply learning" - "Really interesting content, throughly enjoyed"

"Interactive, engaging and challenging module" - "Very interesting module, stimulating" - "Very good module, well presented"

"Relevant to practice" - "Opportunity to network and learn from other students"

"Lots of fun along the way!" - 'Module allows you to think outside the box and be really innovative"

"Challenges you to think differently, look at processes, services, dilemmas in a different way. Gives structure, tools to support innovation."

"Have met some great people on this course" - "I developed a really in-depth learning of key concepts...unlocks potential"

"Learned some very interesting concepts"



Entry requirements

Honours Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent. 

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.

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Recognised Prior Learning

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) applications must be submitted online through your SISWeb account.

There are two instances in which you can apply to have recognised prior learning taken into account when applying for a programme in UCD.

1. RPL for admission to a UCD programme

If you are a prospective student seeking admission to UCD and you do not meet the required admissions criteria as set down for a particular programme of study in UCD, you may apply to be admitted based on prior learning.

2. RPL for exemption from a module or modules on a UCD programme

If you have been accepted onto a UCD programme and wish to have credit transferred towards the requirements of the UCD programme of study, you may apply for RPL from a module or modules.

When applying for RPL, please note the following:

  • You must submit your application for RPL as early as possible and preferably before you commence the relevant module/stage/programme.
  • An application for RPL relating to a particular module should be submitted before the third week of the trimester in which it is offered. Applications made after this date will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
  • Your application will be reviewed by the Taught Graduate Standing Committee and Programme Board. You can expect to hear of the outcome or status of your application typically within four to six weeks of submitting it (depending on committee schedules).
  • Please note that in some cases your application may not be successful or you may not receive RPL for the amount of credit for which you applied, therefore you must register for, attend and participate in the module or modules until you have been informed of the decision of the School Programme Board.
  • If your application is not successful, you are responsible for all assessments associated with the module.


Please read the UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning at this link: UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning