Professional Certificate in the Management of Elder Abuse

The provision of in depth up to date knowledge and debate about key issues in all aspects of elder abuse, including detection, reporting, investigation, caring for victims and prevention of elder abuse in acute, chronic and community care. The programme will also cover contextual issues related to elder abuse such as ageism, mental capacity, the sociology of ageing, etc.

Programme features
  • The first online programme globally to provide education on the topic of elder abuse.
  • Classes are via live online classes which allows students to participate in the lecture from any setting that facilitates broadband. Classes are also recorded so students can work around commitments.
  • Excellent support from academic, education technology and administrative departments.
  • Assessments are based on the students own area and linking theory to practice.
Programme aims

This programme aims to enhance practice related to the prevention, identification and management of elder abuse. Students will be encouraged to critically engage with current literature and reflect on its application to their own practice area.

Who is the programme for?

This is a multi-disciplinary programme focusing on the management of elder abuse. Applicants may work within either the public or private sector, but must have engagement with older people.

What will I learn?

The programme covers the fundamentals of the management of elder abuse taking into account the protection of older people within front line practice and within organisational systems.

How will I benefit?
You will benefit by gaining a greater understanding into the complexities of elder abuse and the programme is focused on making tangible changes within your own practice area.

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. Students attend multidisciplinary lectures and tutorials.

Programme structure

This is a single trimester programme which may be commenced in January each year. The programme combines online learning with three contact days in University College Dublin during the programme term (possibly a weekday/Saturday). Students will benefit  from:

  • Full support for online learning
  • An incorporation of action learning to make a real difference to your practice
  • An option to progress to Graduate Diploma and Master's Degree
  • Assessments are strategically dispersed within the trimester

Core module
Elder Abuse: a multidisciplinary imperative

Careers/where can I go?

With your newly developed skills in the management of elder abuse, you can work in a health care environment in a number of areas including:

  • Management
  • Long term care
  • Policy Planning
  • Education
  • Practice Development
Entry requirements
  • Applicants must be working in an area related to older people
  • Applicants must be employed in this area while undertaking the programme
Documents to be submitted with your application
  • Certificates of relavant professional qualifications or validated copies of awards
  • Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
  • A current photocopy of professional registration (where relevant) 
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
  • Professional Reference Form (original form)
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)
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 (RPL)

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.

Download the application form:
RPL for admission application form (PDF version)
RPL for admission application form (Word version)

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.

Download the application form:
RPL for module credit application form (PDF version)
RPL for module credit application form (Word version)

When applying for RPL, please note the following:

  • You must submit your application for RPL to the Programme Administrator 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.

Useful links

UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning