Advanced Leadership

Advanced Leadership (Nursing)

Nursing and midwifery

Course details

The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Leadership is a fully accredited part-time master's programme delivered over six months and aimed at nurses who wish to advance their academic and professional knowledge and skills in the area of leadership.

This programme welcomes nurses at all levels of their career – from those who aspire to enter management, to nurses in managerial positions who want to develop key competencies and skills. You will develop the confidence and best practice approaches to drive impact as an active member of any healthcare team.

Throughout the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Leadership, you will develop your critical thinking and skills and critically reflect on your leadership role. You will examine theories and policies underpinning leadership, strategy and change management.

This fully online programme comprises three highly relevant modules in the areas of leadership, management, strategy and change management.

Graduates of this Certificate will gain an essential skillset to progress in their nursing management career and for those who wish to take a further step, may enrol onto the diploma or master's programme in Advanced Leadership – and undertake further modules and potentially Year 2 of the full programme, completing a research project to gain a leading edge in their career progression.

Mode of delivery

The programme is delivered through a blend of online content and activities and live interactive sessions, offering a collaborative and supported student experience. You are encouraged to actively participate in the live seminars and activities; however, all live sessions are recorded and can be watched back if you have personal or work commitments.

Our experienced team have the skills, resources and technology to support and guide you, no matter your level of technical ability.


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

  • Evaluate the application of clinical judgement to professional leadership practice by utilising evidence-based practice.
  • Apply leadership skills in strategic planning and auditing of services as they relate to nursing practice and integrate learning from the audit process into strategies for the improvement of services.
  • Compare and contrast management and leadership approaches.
  • Critically self-evaluate your professional and personal learning needs, while identifying and accepting responsibility for seeking out opportunities for growth and learning. 
Module name Credits Assessment method
Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment
Advanced Management & Strategy 10 Assignment
Changed Management: Theory & Practice 10 Assignment

We are proud to be a recognised University of the National University of Ireland (NUI). All RCSI programmes are accredited by the NUI.

Recognition by Ministries and bodies in other jurisdictions must be determined by the individual applicants.

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Our team would be delighted to answer any questions that you may have regarding this programme. Please contact our team for more information.

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