Our Postgraduate Taught Programmes


The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at UCC offers two postgraduate programs in the fields of Pediatrics and Child Health, and Allergy and Clinical Immunology. These programs were launched in September 2022 to cater to healthcare professionals seeking dynamic multidisciplinary healthcare models. The programs are designed to be online, flexible, and part-time to accommodate the busy schedules of healthcare professionals. Applications for the September 2024 intake are currently open, and you can earn a postgraduate certificate, diploma, or MSc in one to three years depending on the program you choose.


Whether you opt for the certificate, diploma, or MSc, these programs equip you with valuable knowledge and skills to support your community. Healthcare professionals with a primary honours degree in a relevant healthcare discipline and at least one year of professionally qualified experience can apply. If you want to know more about the program content, you can click on the links below or watch our Programme Directors describe the courses.

 Your postgrad, your way.



Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I learn more about the postgraduate (PG) programme (e.g. tuition cost, course content, etc.)?

Click here to learn more about the Allergy & Clinical Immunology full postgraduate programme

Click here to learn more about the Paediatrics & Child Health postgraduate programme


How do I apply? What is the application process?

You can find details on how to apply here. The application will ask you to describe your education history and work experience. It will also collect demographic information, including your English proficiency, and prompt you to complete a written response describing your motivation and readiness for the programme. Once you complete the application, it will be reviewed on a rolling basis. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee.


What is the closing date for applications?

EU Applicants: Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.  

Non EU Applicants:  Open until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June 2024. Early application is advised.


What are the entry requirements for the PG certificate programme?

  1. A primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in a relevant health care discipline such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, speech and language, audiology, physiotherapy, psychology, dietetics, nutrition, and/or social studies.
  2. Ideally, candidates should have at least one year’s practical experience in their area of qualification.

*Applicants who do not hold a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) may also be accepted under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) subject to review of their training and professional experience. An interview may be required under these circumstances.

*Prior paediatric/child health or allergy/immunology experience is NOT required to qualify for either postgraduate programme.

*Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements available here.


If I am not an EU national or resident, can I apply? Will I need a visa?

International students are encouraged to apply for this programme. Since the programme is fully online and can be completed from abroad, there is no need to travel to Ireland or obtain a student visa.


What is the progression of this programme beyond the Postgraduate certificate in year one?

Both programmes range from one to three years, where you can earn a Postgraduate certificate in the first year, a Postgraduate diploma in the second year, and an MSc in the third year.


When does the programme begin?

All programmes(certificate, diploma and MSc) begin on 09 September 2024 and end in May 2024. 


What is the time commitment for this part-time PG programme? 

This part-time programme is designed for working professionals. While there will be live webinars/workshops built into the programme, most of the learning will be asynchronous and self-guided. The time commitment of this programme will vary by individual and by week but could take you approximately 5-15 hours per week to complete. 


What are the technology requirements or expectations for this online PG programme?

This online programme will include both live webinars/workshops facilitated virtually via Microsoft Teams and asynchronous learning opportunities housed on the online Canvas platform. Students participating in the programme will need access to a computer with reliable internet.


Department of Paediatrics & Child Health

Péidiatraic agus Sláinte Leanaí

Floor 2, Paediatric Unit, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, T12 DC4A