UCD Professional Diploma in Professional Regulation

Please note that this Diploma will not be running in January 2021 - please email lawdiplomas@ucd.ie if you would like to register your interest for future dates..

This Diploma has become the recognised qualification in the area of regulation.  It is designed to cater specifically for the wide number of professions that have been affected by the increased requirements for regulation.  It offers the opportunity for members of the representative bodies, regulators and advisors for professions such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, accountants, solicitors, teachers, and social workers to become fully informed of their obligations.  

Previous participants have included representatives of regulatory bodies and the Diploma is also popular with legal practitioners who wish to supplement their knowledge in the area. The success of the Diploma has been largely attributable to the unrivalled quality of the lecturers on the programme. They have included the following practitioners who are the recognised experts in the field of regulation and leading academics with a depth of knowledge of both the Irish and EU requirements.

Ciara McGoldrick BL is the course coordinator. She is a barrister and an Adjunct Professor in the Sutherland School of Law and fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.  Ciara advises a number of regulators in relation to disciplinary proceedings. She was formerly the Deputy Registrar and Head of Legal Affairs at the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. She is a member of a number of regulatory decision making panels including the Administrative Sanctions Panel of the Central Bank of Ireland and the Inquiry and Investigation Committees of the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority.

Professor Colin Scott is Professor of EU Regulation & Governance at UCD and is currently involved in a study of regulatory capacity and effectiveness in Ireland and an investigation of the legitimacy, enforcement, quality and effectiveness of transnational private regulation.

Dr Kevin Costello is an Associate Professor in the Sutherland School of Law and is a specialist on the subject of administrative law.  Dr Costello contributes a lecture on the specific aspects of administrative law that are relevant to regulation.

Dr Chris Cowley is an Associate Professor in the UCD School of Philosophy.  Prior to joining UCD in 2007, he worked in the University of East Anglia medical school and prior to that in the Universtiy of Hertfordshire in Hatfield. He studied philosophy in London (BA), Montreal (MA) and Bristol (PhD). 

Participants on the Professional Diploma in Regulation are offered the opportunity for group work and interaction and the programme focuses on the key emerging themes in the area of regulation.