Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Advanced Leadership)

Level 9 NFQ 60 ECTS Credits (NMBI, RCSI, NUI)

Information on the Certificate in Advanced Leadership can be found here.

Information on the MSc Advanced Leadership can be found here.

Programme overview:
The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Advanced Leadership) is a 1 year part time Postgraduate programme which develops the nurses/midwives Leadership and Management knowledge. The programme aims to develop the student's ability to critically reflect on their leadership role and examine theories and policies underpinning health and health care, at individual and organisational level while developing the student's confidence in taking a leading role as an effective member of the healthcare team and enable them to actively participate in the interdisciplinary team approach to care delivery.

Learning outcomes/aims: 
On successful completion of this programme the student will be able to:

  • Critically analyse research, relevant knowledge and evidence-based practice;
  • Evaluate the application of clinical judgement to professional leadership practice by utilising evidence-based practice;
  • Critically apply leadership skills in strategic planning and auditing of services as they relate to nursing practice and integrate learning form the audit process into strategies for the improvement of services; 
  • Critically evaluate the role of teaching & education in the development of professional practice and initiate, implement and evaluate education as appropriate;
  • Critically analyse the components of clinical governance, patient safety and risk management and demonstrate an understanding of the challenges affecting leadership in nursing and healthcare at individual and organisational level in an ever changing healthcare system;
  • Compare and contrast management and leadership approaches to the effective management and leadership of organisational change for nurse leaders;
  • Critically self-evaluate their professional and personal learning needs and their continuing professional development and identify and accept responsibility for seeking out opportunities for growth and learning.

Programme structure:
This 1 year part time programme is run over two academic semesters; three modules are completed in the first semester and three modules in the second semester. Semester 1 is from September - December, semester 2 begins in January. Study days take place in the RCSI approximately one day every 2nd week with online learning in between.

The programme modules are:

Module name  ECTS credits   Assessment method
Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment
Advanced Management & Strategy 10 Assignment
Change Management: Theory and Practice 10 Presentation and assignment
Education & Training
10 Presentation and assignment
Contemporary Issues: Clinical Governance, Safety & Risk Management
10  Assignment
Advanced Research Methods
10 Assignment

Who is this programme for?
This programme is aimed at nurses who to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate, in order to advance their academic and professional knowledge and skills within leadership in nursing, to ensure that they are maximally prepared to meet the leadership challenges encountered whilst working within an ever changing health care arena.

Postgraduate Nursing Progression

What next?
On successful completion many of our student progress further on their educational path. The MSc Nursing (Advanced Leadership) is a natural step forward. Recommended: MSc Nursing (Advanced Leadership)

Entry requirements:
  • Students who wish to join this programme must be active on the NMBI register 
  • Students must have a level 8 qualification. Applicants who do not hold a level 8 qualification may still be eligable to join them programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route. 

More information:
If you would like further information on this programme please contact:

Programme Director: Dr Linda Nugent (

Programme Coordinator: Ms Cassandra Kelly (

How to apply?

Applications for this programme will open in February 2019

Course fees For information regarding the tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19, please contact the Programme Coordinator
Application forms Applications are accepted via the link above. A €50 application fee is required when applying. You will also be required to upload transcripts of prior education during the application process.