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Advanced Clinical Practice - Postgraduate Certificate

Course Details


Available: Part- Time Full- Time

Duration: 1 Semester Full-Time Or 2 Semesters Part-Time

Award: Graduate Certificate

Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr James Green
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Brief Description

The PGCert/Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice is designed to enhance graduates’ critical thinking and develop evidence-based practitioners as future leaders of effective services. Students select from a wide range of elective modules (from project management to intercultural care) to fit their specific practice needs. Graduates will obtain in-depth knowledge of an area of Health Sciences to apply to their professional practice. 


The PG Cert in Advanced Clinical Practice is designed to expand existing professional knowledge and to produce high quality evidence based practitioners who are better positioned to develop their individual disciplines as well as the wider health agenda. The programme will offer participants the opportunity to critically examine and reflect on their own practice and to implement mechanisms of change to enhance current practice.

This is a programme individually tailored to your professional needs. Rather than a prescribed course of study, you complete a core module on evidence-based practice or research methods, and we then work to identify other modules that suit you needs, ranging from project management, lean thinking and leadership to intercultural care and applied psychology, with many other options in between. The Independent Learning Module provides the option for you to put forward a specialist topic and receive one-to-one supervision to research that. The output you produce from this module can be tailored to your requirements: e.g. a clinical guideline, an evidence summary, a mini dissertation or a suite of resources, amongst other things. This programme can then lead into the Master of Science in Advanced Healthcare Practice, which follows the same practitioner-focused course design.

Tell us what you need to know, and we will help you become the expert in that area.

Objectives: Graduates will obtain in-depth knowledge of an area of Health Sciences to apply to their professional practice. They will reflect critically on their own and others’ learning styles and practice.

Programme Aims: 

  • To discuss professional issues relating to the provision of healthcare services
  • To examine the different sectors of patients/clients, service providers and models of service, and their differing needs
  • To source, critically appraise and synthesise the most up-to-date research 
  • To acquire an advanced level of clinical reasoning and critical thinking
  • To develop advanced level assessment and identification of service need in the student’s area of clinical practice
  • To integrate research knowledge with clinical expertise and patient preference to establish the means of providing cost-effective, high quality clinical services​

Students complete 30 ECTS, to include one core module PY5021 Evidence Based Practice: 12 Credits and additional elective modules selected from a suite of elective modules available in the School of Allied Health and across the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, School of Engineering and Kemmy Business School.

The Independent Learning Module elective allows the student to undertake in-depth study of a chosen topic related to their practice and complete an agreed assignment.


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Core Module
  • PY5021 Evidence Based Practice (12 ECTS)
Core Module
  • PY5021 Evidence Based Practice (12 ECTS)
Autumn Electives Spring Electives
  • NS6034 Principles of Primary and Community Care (9 ECTS)
  • NS6035 Leading and Managing Practice (9 ECTS)
  • OT5001 Independent Learning Module 1 (9 ECTS)
  • PS6071 Social Influence and Attitude Change (6 ECTS)
  • PY5022 Independent Learning Module 3 (9 ECTS)
  • Mn6041 Project Management in Practice (6 ECTS)
  • AU5033 Leadership, Change and Innovation Management (6 ECTS)
  • AU5041 Lean Thinking / Lean Tools 1 (6 ECTS)
  • NS6040 Intercultural Care (9 ECTS)
  • NS6042 Therapeutic Engagement (9 ECTS)
  • OT5001 Independent Learning Module 1 (9 ECTS)
  • PS6042 Qualitative Research in Methods in Psychology
  • PY5022 Independent Learning Module 3 (9 ECTS)
  • PY5072 Sustainable Posture, Seating and Wheelchair Mobility Provision Across the Life Course (9 ECTS)
  • MN6041 Project Management in Practice (6 ECTS)
  • SS6113 Applied Positive Psychology (6 ECTS)
  • CT6042 Innovation in Management for Health and Social Care (PPP3) (6 ECTS)
  • CT6052 Engaging Through Complexity (PPP2) (6 ECTS)

For further information on specific modules, please search by module code in  book of modules.



Who Can Apply

Healthcare clinicians with a professionally and academically accredited BSc (Hons) (level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland recognised) or equivalent in a health profession* at a minimum award of 2.2 hons level or above.

*Health profession such as; Doctors, Nurses, Health and Social Care Professionals. Health and Social Care Professionals encompasses the list of professions regulated under the Health and Social Care Professions Act (2005) Ireland. These are clinical biochemist; dietician; medical scientist; occupational therapist; orthoptist; physiotherapist; podiatrist; psychologist; radiographer; social care worker; social worker; speech and language therapist. Other health professionals (e.g., paramedic, dentist) may be admitted on approval from the course director.

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English
  • English language qualification if English is not your first language .
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport


English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – composite score 6.5 and not less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice




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I have undertaken a Postgraduate Certificate in the School of Allied Health and am now completing the Advanced Healthcare Practice MSc in 2020. The course has been a perfect blend of classes, online and self directed learning which has allowed me to complete it in line with the demands on my job. I work full time, and have been able to complete my studies around this. The modules undertaken have allowed me to complete projects with a very direct impact on my practice, including case studies, pathway development and culture change projects. This has allowed the study to have a very applied, practical element and as such, doesn't feel separate from my clinical practice.



Wesley Mulcahy, Senior Occupational Therapist in Acute Paediatric Neurology in CHI, Crumlin