Course Details

Course Code(s):
1 Year
Professional Diploma
NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr Chris McInerney
Email: Telephone: 00 353 61 213578

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Brief Description

This course qualifies for 50% funding under the HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy. Check fees section for details and eligibility. Applications for Spring 2025 will open in October, express your interest to be notified when the course opens for application.  

Ongoing global social and economic upheaval highlights the speed of change occurring in the workplace. Transferable skills, often referred to as ‘Power Skills’, equip you with the skills and ability to navigate complex and interrelated problems that exist in the workplace today. In addition to job-specific capabilities, organisations need a range of transferable competencies and skills to position their business to meet emerging challenges. This NFQ Level 9 Transferable Skills  Professional Diploma has been designed to respond to skill needs identified by the World Economic Forum. 

  • You would like to build your skills in problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration.
  • You would like to know how to deal with newer, more complex issues arising.
  • You are interested in management and other leadership roles.
  • You would like the know-how to be more agile and adaptable in the workplace.
  • You would like to upgrade your interpersonal skills in the workplace.

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Not quite ready to commit to a full professional diploma? Consider trying a microcredential. You can stack your microcred credits towards a professional diploma at a later date. Modules listed within the Programme Content with an (M) beside them are MicroCreds and can be taken independently.

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This online course has been co-designed with industry and addresses workplace needs for critical thinking, problem-solving, data literacy, ethical decision-making, and effective collaboration. In addition to exploring the core principles of these topics, you will practice using these skills, working in groups and independently. On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Apply a more informed approach to how you think, how you understand and how you solve problems.
  • Make more informed and conscious use of information.
  • Lead collaborations and engage more effectively as part of a team. 






Semester 1




Enhancing Critical, Innovative Thinking and Problem-Solving (M)

This module will focus on four components:

  1. Unpacking the meaning and implications of critical thinking.
  2. Critical thinking and problem solving in practice.
  3. A masterclass in critical thinking provided by the Foundation for Critical Thinking.
  4. Problem Solving in Action - a student-led PBL active learning process.

Media and Information Literacy

This module is intended to encourage you to understand and examine your multimedia habits and to become more actively considerate of your role as media users and media consumers. You will do this by learning the basic theories around the projection, proliferation and dissemination of knowledge and information in society. Practical online labs will consist of participants critically analysing media stories, understanding various sources and actors involved and further developing their ability to produce information. 

Future-Focused Professional Portfolio 1

This module allows you to demonstrate independent and self-determined learning by creating your own portfolio. It includes a thought leadership seminar series that you will co-create and curate. The seminars' themes will be student-led and revolve around future-focused topics relevant across industry.






Semester 2




Collaboration and Leadership for the Workplace and beyond

This module will enable you to develop a clear and applied understanding of what collaboration is, how it can be fostered within and beyond the workplace and the type of leadership that is required to facilitate it. This module will address a number of key themes:

  • Models, meanings and levels of collaboration, supported by illustrative case studies.
  • Leadership styles and their capacity to enable collaborative working.
  • Reflections on collaboration and leadership in practice.
  • Managing power, conflict and dissent in collaborative spaces.
  • Emotional intelligence and values and their role in fostering collaborative potential.

Law and Ethical Decision-Making

This module explores legal theory and philosophy as they relate to ideas of justice and equality. The module draws on the work of a variety of theorists and movements to allow you to develop an appreciation of the social, moral, and gendered dimensions of law. Topics covered include:

  • Ethical thinking
  • Law and morality
  • Law and rights
  • Problem solving
  • The rule of law
  • Feminism
  • Law and equality


Future-Focused Professional Portfolio 2

This module allows you to create a portfolio demonstrating the development of your reflective practice, evidence-based excellence in applying discipline-specific knowledge in different contexts, and leading discussion on the future of your role.

(M) A MicroCred is a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking a micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award.


Candidates are normally expected to hold a level 8 degree. Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be considered in accordance with the University’s policy on the recognition of prior learning.

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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EU - €3,500 per annum

Non- EU - €4,750 per annum

HCI Fees Subsidy - Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can qualify for 50% funding subject to the availability of places. To clarify eligibility please go to Eligibility Criteria 

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email


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  • Who is this course for?

This course is for all professionals looking to upgrade their skills for the workplace. 

  • What types of roles would candidates, considering this course, have held?

Professionals working in administrative, supervisory, middle or top-level management. 

  • What types of roles will candidates be qualified for after taking this course?

This course will enable professionals to be more agile and adaptable in the workplace