GradCert Health Professions Education

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 40)

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This interdisciplinary programme will prepare health and social care professionals to design and deliver programmes of study for undergraduate and graduate students of their disciplines. 

For registered nurses and midwives, who hold a masters degree, successful completion of the programme leads to registration in the Nurse or Midwife Tutors' division of the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. 

The Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education (HPE) is an interdiscplinary programme for all health and social care professionals who already hold a relevant masters degree and are seeking a graduate qualification that will prepare them to design programmes of study and faciltate students' learning.   

Because of the programme's teaching practice requirements (80 hours of theoretical teaching and 20 hours of clinical teaching), it is best suited to applicants whose roles include a substantial teaching component. 

For Registered Nurses and Midwives, who hold a relevant masters degree, approved by the Nursing and Midwfery Board of Ireland (NMBI), this programme will confer eligibility to register as a Nurse Tutor (RNT) or as a Midwife Tutor (RMT)

The Graduate Certificate in Health Professions Education builds upon and develops students' knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values, in order to prepare them to assume the role of the educator, capable of designing engaging programmes of study and of faciltiating students' learning.

The specific aims of the programme are to enable students to:

  • Realise their potential, engage their creativity, and build their confidence and self-esteem so that they can likewise enable their students to do the same by maximising the learning opportunities available to them.
  • Acquire and apply selected theories, concepts, models and frameworks to enable high levels of judgement, discretion and decision making in health professions education. These include key academic ideas from curriculum and pedagogical theory, the psychology of learning and related perspectives in the sociology of education.
  • Develop a critical awareness of relevant legislation in their respective professions, specifically, and the health system, generally, and relevant standards and requirements, or other criteria, for professional registration education programmes in their health profession. 
  • Demonstrate the acquisition, synthesis, integration and application of knowledge from a select range of disciplines to inform, develop and innovate education practice in the healthcare professions. 
  • Design, develop and deliver education and training programmes for their respective health professions.
  • Develop curricula, cognisant of learners’ characteristics, programmes’ purposes and relevant contextual considerations, including the human, technological, infrastructural, financial and other resources available. 
  • Develop effective communication skills in order to present balanced arguments and engage with confidence in academic and multi-professional debates in health professions education. 
  • Conduct a comprehensive education and training needs assessment to support the provision of responsive, flexible and innovative education programmes in the health professions. 
  • Act as an effective member of the education team and participate in a multidisciplinary team approach to health professions education. 
  • Demonstrate the value and distinctive contribution of their profession through the generation of disciplinary knowledge and innovative educational practice. 

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The programme is delivered by blended learning and comprises a number of workshops supported by Brightspace, UCD's virtual learning environment. A range of methods will be used to expose students to innovative and dynamic ways of facilitating and enhancing learning, including lectures,workshops, small group discussions, blended learning, case presentations and clinical simulation.  

Assessment will be continuous and of, for and as learning, and the methods employed will include student-led presentations, assignments and the design of a programme of study. 

GradCert Health Professions Education (X888) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 6690
nonEU    fee per year - € 13200

***Fees are subject to change


If the fees for your programme are being paid by a third party (full or partial), please ensure your funding organisation/sponsor/hospital contacts Please note this is not a student facing email address. 

Student Queries

If you have any queries about your fees, please contact the Student Desk: 

Application Fee

Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

More information about fees is available on the UCD website at the link below:

• General information about UCD Fees

The following entry routes are available:

GC Health Prof Edu PT (X888)
1 Years
Part Time