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MSc in Implementation Science

MSc in Implementation Science

Course Title MSc in Implementation Science
Duration One Year (Full Time)
Two Years (Part Time)
Next Intake September 2019

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The Masters of Science in Implementation Science course, which has a strong component of action learning, will be of interest to those who have responsibility for delivery and implementation of policies within their workplace. The course will provide students with an opportunity to critically explore and evaluate the emerging field of Implementation Science. Students will receive training in advanced research methods and will be expected to undertake a dissertation in an applied area of Implementation Science. Graduates of this course will be expected to promote and develop excellence in Implementation Science. The course is unique in Ireland in that it brings together the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Social Work and Social Policy, and the School of Psychology, in addition to statutory agencies, non-governmental organisations, and international contributors to deliver a course focused on Implementation Science for the health and social care sectors. Its content will be underpinned by the integration of innovative research in Implementation Science to ensure a focus on cutting-edge research, which will inform evidence-based practice in those sectors.

Course Structure

The Masters course will run one year full-time or two-year part time. Course attendance normally comprises three-day blocks each month (usually Wednesday to Friday) to facilitate work release. Each course attendance day consists of six hours of lecture sessions, workshops or tutorials. These will predominately take place in the Trinity Institiute of Population Health, Tallaght. Students are expected to complete coursework via distance learning outside of these time periods.

Learning Outcomes / Aims

The course aims to equip students with the research and practical skills necessary to design, implement and evaluate policies, programmes and /or interventions that result in sustained improvement in health and social care services.

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Identify, source and critically appraise the academic and scientific literature pertaining to Implementation Science research.
  • Apply the core concepts of Implementation Science in an applied workplace project.
  • Identify and critically analyse the factors that enable and impede the implementation of evidence-based policies and interventions into practice.
  • Apply appropriate skills needed for implementation of an evidence-based policy /intervention into practice.
  • Identify and critically analyse the role of individual behaviours and organisational behaviour in influencing change and facilitating the implementation of policy.
  • Apply the principles of strategic project and programme management to a workplace project.
  • Utilise available information systems relevant to the workplace.
  • Apply the parameters needed for evaluation of a workplace project.
  • Identify and apply the knowledge, skills and professional competence relevant and necessary to the practice of Implementation Science.
  • Reflect on their own experiences of organisational change and develop ways of helping themselves and other organisational members through the process of change.

Learning outcomes required for the Masters level:

  • Present findings of investigations in a suitably academic written form. Conceive, plan, manage and complete an intellectually independent research project in the area of Implementation Science research by selecting and analysing appropriate source materials, methods and scholarship.


The Masters course comprises 90 ECTS credits in total and comprises 12 taught modules (5 ECTS each) and a dissertation (30 ECTS). The P.Grad. Dip comprises 60 ECTS credits in total and comprises 12 taught modules (5 ECTS each), with no dissertation.

The following 12 modules are taught on the course:

  • Core Concepts of Implementation Science (1)
  • Core Concepts of Implementation Science (2)
  • Information for Implementation – Using data to drive the implementation agenda
  • Managing People in Organisations – Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • Managing People in Organisations – Human Resources Management in Implementation
  • Project and Programme Management in Implementation
  • Healthy policy and health economics in Implementation Science
  • Conducting a Systematic Review
  • Quantitative Research Methodology, Design and Basic Analyses
  • Qualitative Research Methodology, Design and Basic Analyses
  • Advanced research: Methodology, Design and Analyses
  • Planning thesis - development of a research project proposal (this will be interspersed throughout the course).


A 50% pass mark is required for each of the modules. Each module must be passed independently. The final mark for each module will be the mark derived from the assignments. Compensation: A mark of 40% or greater will be accepted for two modules provided sufficient marks are attained from the remaining modules to compensate for this. Failure of a written assignment: In cases where students fail to achieve a minimum of 50% in a written assignment, a resubmission will be permitted with a deadline of three weeks from the publication of the initial results. Only one resubmission will be allowed, and the maximum mark awarded for the resubmitted assignment is 50%. In order to qualify for the award of MSc with Distinction, students must achieve a final overall mark of at least 70% in the taught modules as well as the dissertation and without having failed any assignment component. A student who fails the dissertation is not permitted to repeat the dissertation but may apply to repeat the MSc course. Students are advised that such permission is not automatically granted. Students who are permitted to retake the course are liable for full annual fees.


Prospective students will be graduates at a 2.1 level primarily from a health or social care-related discipline with at least three years’ professional experience. Other applications may be considered in exceptional circumstances based on workplace experience.


Information relating to course fees for both EU and Non-EU students can be found here:

Contact Us

Course Administrator
Ms Ailbhe Mealy
P: +353 (0)1 896 1087)

Course Co-ordinator
Assistant Professor Catherine Darker

Course Director
Associate Professor Catherine Hayes

Applications for this course should be made online. Further information is available at: