Clinical Leadership (Online)

Professional Diploma
Institute of Leadership, Dublin

Fees and funding

For the December 2020 intake, RCSI is delighted to confirm that this programme will be offered with funding from the Irish Government. You may qualify for funding under one of the eligible categories.

Programmes are free of charge if you are unemployed, a homemaker returning to work (returners) or are in receipt of the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) or jobseeker's at the time the programme begins.

If you are in employment, were previously self-employed or are a recent graduate, you may be eligible provided you meet the nationality/visa requirement and residence requirement. These categories of learner are eligible for 90% funding and will be required to pay 10% (€575) of the standard tuition fee. The standard tuition fee for this course is €5,750.

All eligible applicants must be ordinarily resident in Ireland and must meet the nationality and EU residency rules detailed below*. Please note that students currently enrolled on an academic programme of study are ineligible to apply for funding from the Irish Government.

Please find more details on the eligibility criteria here:

Category Eligibility criteria Fee Required evidence
Returners A homemaker or on other caring duties for a minimum period of 9 of the previous 12 months prior to their application. Must not be in receipt of a payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. No fee Supporting documentation to confirm their status as a homemaker. Applicants must swear a declaration before a commissioner for attesting to their status.
In receipt of PUP or a jobseeker's payment Currently receiving PUP or a jobseeker's payment.
Participants must remain available for employment while attending the course.
No fee Supporting documentation to confirm their status as a person in receipt of PUP or jobseekers.
Employed Currently in full- or part-time employment 10% of fee Proof of residency*
Employment detail summary­ from Revenue (previously known as P60). See here for further information.
Formerly self-employed Those previously self-employed who are no longer trading 10% of fee A letter/statement from Revenue confirming that the applicant is no longer trading OR a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient OR a participant can swear a declaration stating that they are no longer self-employed.
Recent graduates
Those who have recently successfully completed a programme of level 8 study
10% of fee Evidence of level 8 qualification

*Applicants who are normally resident in Ireland should also meet the nationality and EU residency rules. They are:


Applications for Irish Government Funding should be accepted from suitably qualified applicants who hold EU/EEA/UK/Swiss nationality in their own right or who are:

  • Persons who have official refugee status in this State. Time spent from date of official lodgment of application papers for refugee status will be included for the purpose of meeting the three-year residency requirement; or
  • Family members of a refugee who are granted permission by the Minister for Justice and Law Reform to enter and reside in the State under Section 18 of the Refugee Act 1996; or
  • Persons who have permission to remain in the State as a family member of a Union citizen under the provisions of the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 and 2008 and Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council; or
  • Persons who have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999); or
  • Be a person in respect of whom the Minister for Justice and Law Reform has granted permission to remain following a determination not to make a deportation order under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 or;
  • Be a non-EU/non-EEA/non-UK/non-Swiss citizen legally entitled to work full time in Ireland without having to seek an employment permit. These residents may be here as the spouse/civil partner or family member of an Irish or EU citizen and will have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on their residence cards from Garda National Immigration Bureau.


Applicants must have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.

Proof of residency must include documentation that demonstrates that you have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme. Acceptable evidence can include;

  • Social Welfare Statements or equivalents from the EU,UK, EEA, or Switzerland;
  • Utility bills (i.e. from electricity/phone/gas/cable television/broadband provider) Printed online bills are acceptable. Mobile phone bills are not acceptable;
  • Registration with the Residential Tenancies Board or equivalent from the EU, UK, EEA or Switzerland;
  • P60s/P45s/ P21s; or equivalent
  • Statements or other correspondence from bank/building society/credit union including eStatements with activity in the country outlined in your application (Statements from store cards/catalogue companies are not acceptable);
  • Other official correspondence from an Irish state agency e.g. government departments; HSE; Register of Electors/polling card; CAO; An Garda Síochána; Public / Private hospitals, Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) or third level college, Secondary school /training agency, NCT Reports or reminders, An Post, TV Licence, National Government Health Screening Programme(s) and/or;
  • Correspondence from an insurance company regarding an active policy (home or car insurance policy only).

Please note that evidence of your residence in Ireland can only be accepted in respect of periods of lawful presence in the State and the documents that you provide should be in respect of such periods. Periods of unlawful presence cannot be considered.

You do not have to submit documents for 36 individual months.  The three years do not have to be consecutive, as residency can be proven in two or more separate periods.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, please see below fees:

Student fees


Year 1 Date EU/Non-EU
1st payment On application €2,000
2nd payment 31 October 2020 €2,000
3rd payment 31 January 2021 €1,750

Please note

  • The tuition includes all resources, including core textbooks, access to our award-winning online learning portal and access to extensive RCSI-only databases.
  • The tuition fee is also inclusive of an NUI fee.
  • Fees are payable via installments or in one lump sum.
  • We ask that students who are being sponsored or funded by their employer forward us on a funding confirmation letter. This can be sent to leadership@rcsi.ie