Institute of Leadership, Dublin

Course details

Healthcare organisations are among the most complex in today's society. As a new era for healthcare emerges, healthcare leaders will need to manage increased risk, uncertainty, ambiguity and effectively manage and implement change, which requires effective leadership style and qualities.

The MSc in Leadership is designed to develop tomorrow's leaders today by significantly developing leadership competencies, management skills and the ability to be innovative in an uncertain healthcare environment that has limited resources, increased demands and significant budget restrictions

Delivery and design

The MSc in Leadership is delivered over two years. Participants attend sessions between September and May each year.

Year 1 comprises of six modules with three days in-class attendance for each module.

Year 2 comprises of three days in-class attendance for Research Methods and Methodology module (10 ECTS) and a Research Project (20 ECTS) that is guided by one-to-one meetings with an assigned academic supervisor.

You will also be invited to attend a number of seminars throughout the year.

Given the time constraints on participants, the programmes are flexible and can be completed over a five-year period.

Semester 1

Module 1: Developing and Demonstrating Personal Leadership Qualities (10 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of how to develop your leadership competencies and capabilities through lectures, guest speakers, seminars, readings and assignments. In this module you will develop and demonstrate personal leadership qualities; learn how to effectively manage yourself in order to understand how you can influence and persuade your team and those around you, and understand how your actions influence your ability to get things done.

Module 2: Working with and Leading Others (10 ECTS)

In this module you will develop an understanding of leading teams and how to ensure effectiveness and build rapport among team members. This learning will contribute to the advancement of your skills and knowledge in building and developing effective work teams that are motivated and can achieve excellence in performance.

Module 3: Leading and Managing Services (10 ECTS)

This module will provide you with an understanding of the nature of service and the factors that contribute to excellence in leading and managing services in healthcare. You will develop an understanding of the healthcare structures and your competing demands, the development of a culture of service excellence, the various activities involved in the analysis, formulation and implementation of strategic initiatives.

Semester 2

Module 4: Leading Innovation & Change (10 ECTS)

This module focuses on the models of change, recognising the key triggers of change, how to effectively lead and implement change and innovation in healthcare and overcome resistance to change. This learning will assist in the advancement of your skills and knowledge in understanding the need for change and the most effective strategies for the successful implementation of change and innovation.

Module 5: Strategic Planning and Implementation (10 ECTS)

This module will introduce you to the current strategies, practices and a selection of best practice frameworks, tools and techniques for strategic planning and implementation in healthcare. You will develop an in-depth understanding of the various activities involved in the analysis, formulation and implementation of strategic initiatives.

Module 6: Developing a Future-Oriented Mindset (10 ECTS)

This module will provide you with competencies in the role of leadership in healthcare by developing a future-oriented mindset that advance tomorrow’s leadership skills and qualities today. In this module you will develop skills to lead and develop creative and collaborative working environments in a complex healthcare system.

Semester 3 and 4

Module 7: Research Methods and Methodology (10 ECTS)

This module will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the principles of good research and recognition of the range of tools and concepts that are necessary in healthcare research. You will gain the knowledge and skills to understand and use a range of methods and decide on appropriate research designs and methods to investigate your chosen research problems in innovation or change in healthcare.

Research Project

Leading and Innovation or Change Project and Action Learning Sets In order to fulfil the requirements for a MSc degree, you must complete the seven modules outlined above and conduct a research project in your organisation.

The project is assessed on the basis of three components: a project report, a project proposal and a poster or defence presentation.

Participants on our MSc programmes in the past have produced considerable developments in their organisations and many projects have resulted in significant improvements, substantial cost savings and publications in management journals.


Your learning on each module is assessed by one of a number of methods: examination, individual assignment or team assignment and case studies.

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Develop the personal and professional capacity to lead in healthcare organisations.
  • Critically appraise modern leadership theory and practice, and develop the ability to apply leadership approaches that are at the forefront of informed best practice in healthcare.
  • Analyse and synthesise complex management and leadership problems and deploy a range of people management skills, particularly in relation to the management of multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary teams.
  • Examine the role of health economics, quality improvement, financial management, human resources management and the principles of governance in leading effective innovative services.
  • Demonstrate the ability to challenge assumptions and question processes, policies and procedures in healthcare, at individual and organisational levels.
  • Develop as a reflective practitioner with the skills, insight, confidence and awareness necessary to identify and implement evidence-based innovative management and leadership practices.
  • Develop a strategic mindset, understand the theoretical underpinnings of strategic leadership and demonstrate the capacity to deploy a range of strategic methodologies.
  • Recognise the importance of leadership and innovation and develop the capacity to effectively manage and lead in a diverse healthcare setting.

Provisional timetables for the academic year 2020/2021 will be released in March.

Below is the provisional timetable for the academic year 2019/2020:

Semester 1 Date
Orientation Day 26-27 August 2019
Module 1: Developing and Demonstrating Personal Leadership Qualities 18-20 September 2019
Module 2: Working with Others and Leading Others 30-1 October/November 2019
Module 3: Leading and Managing Services 11-13 December 2019
Semester 2 Date
Module 4: Leading Innovation and Change 22-24 January 2020
Module 5: Strategic Planning and Implementation 4-6 March 2020
Exam Day 27 March 2020
Module 6: Developing a Future Orientated Mindset for Future Professionals 22-24 April 2020
Semester 3 and 4 Date
Module 7: Research Methods and Methodology 
Research Project: Leading an Innovation or Change Project