Professional Diploma Leadership & Management

This programme is for those who wish to acquire or develop their management and leadership capacities and will enable participants to contribute more fully and effectively to their teams, units and organisations. 

Who is the programme for?

This programme will provide students with an introduction to the the critical elements of leadership such as managing change. Opportunities are provided to reflect on the application of relevant conceptual models in order to develop and expand your leadership and management skills.

The programme is at level 9 and comprises two 10-ECTS-credit modules, one of which, Management in Action, contributes to the MSc in Leadership, Innovation and Management in Healthcare.

Programme aims

This programme comprises two modules that will enhance students’ leadership and management skills.

What will I learn?
The ability to contribute more effectively to your organisation and improve your confidence when engaging in team and group discussions and contributing to decision making.

Students who do not have not have a primary degree but have considerable relevant leadership and management experience can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). See below.


Teaching methods

A wide a range of student-centered teaching methods are used. Brightspace, UCD’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), is used extensively to support online learning and teaching.

Programme structure

This is a 20-ECTS-credit programme, comprising two modules:

  • Leadership and Organisational Dynamics - 10 ECTS credits in Trimester 1, Monday mornings
  • Management in Action - 10 ECTS in Trimester 2 on certain Mondays. This module also contributes to the MSc in Leadership, Innovation and Management in Healthcare.


Careers/where can I go?

With your newly-acquired management and leadership skills, you can work in a number of areas including:

  • Management
  • Administration
  • Leadership
  • Practice development
Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered as a healthcare professional with the appropriate body.

  • Applicants must be employed in clinical practice and management while undertaking the programme
  • Experience in a leadership and/or management is desirable
Documents to be submitted with your application


  • Academic Transcripts including date and grading of Degree award (non-UCD awards only)
  • Current photocopy of Professional registration and pin
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Pages of Passport (not required if a former UCD student)
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.

Apply online


The fees for your programme can be found at the links below. Search using your major code (the four-digit code beginning with 'X' which can be found in the key information box on this page).

Please note that UCD fees are subject to change annually. The fees shown include the student centre levy which must be paid by all students. 

If you are being funded to do your programme, please make sure your organisation gets in contact with Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

More information about fees is available on the UCD website at the link below:

If you have any queries about your fees, please contact

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

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