Adolescent Health

This programme is delivered through a blended learning approach, which combines online modules with a series of face-to-face workshops on campus, making it suitable for recent graduates, working professionals, and distance learners. It is open to those who are passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of adolescents locally, nationally, and globally. It focuses on the unique challenges and opportunities that are faced by adolescents, as they transition from childhood to adolescence.

Students will be required to complete ten core modules during the programme, including 1) Foundations of Public Health in the Context of Adolescence, 2) Adolescent Health and Development, 3) Research Methods, 4) Determinants of Adolescent Health, 5) Chronic Health Disorders in Adolescents, 6) Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Adolescent Health Programmes, 7) Communication for Adolescent Health, 8) Quality Improvement, 9) Leadership Development, and 10) an Integrative Learning Experience tailored to their personal interests and career goals. Through this programme students will learn to define the health and development needs of adolescents, design strategies to address those needs, and evaluate the effectiveness of adolescent health policies and programmes.

1. You are interested in working, or already work, with adolescents and want to increase your knowledge and skills in this area in a master's course that only exists in NUI Galway.

2.You want to increase your knowledge and understanding of the health and needs of adolescents from an interdisciplinary perspective.

3. You want to develop a set of skills that will allow you to communicate and work better with adolescents.

Subjects taught

Students take the following modules:
• MG6821 Employment Law (10 credits)
• MG6822 Learning and Talent Development (10 credits)
• MG6823 Developing skills for business leadership (10 credits)
• MG6802 Human Resource Management in Context (10 credits)
• MG6803 Contemporary Debates in International Human Resource Management (10 credits)
• MG6804 Leadership and Management Development (10 credits)
• MG6805 Managing the Employment Relationship (5 credits)
• MG6806 Employee Engagement (5 credits)
• MG6819 Investigating a Business Issue from a Human Resource Perspective (Dissertation - 20 credits)

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Successful candidates will have a strong undergraduate record with a minimum of a 2.2 in Level 8 in the social sciences, health sciences, or a cognate discipline. Applicants with a Level 7 with extensive experience working with adolescents will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are also required to submit a personal statement that highlights their commitment to the field of adolescent health. Applicants should also include a resumé. International applicants are required to have an equivalent degree and results from their undergraduate university. Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score of a 6.5 is required.

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: University of Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. See page 312 for full details of when and how to apply.

Assessment Info

A hybrid approach to assessment is used in this programme.

Assessment methods include formal written exams, assignments, discussion forums, group presentation, research proposal, project report, Continuous professional development plan, oral presentation and continuous assessment.

During the programme, students will work individually and in groups.

A strong emphasis is placed on oral presentation of work.

Registration for CIPD membership is required of all successful applicants commencing this programme.


1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time.


Year 1 - €5,190 (includes annual CIPD student membership fee); Year 2 - €4,000.

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
The programme is aimed at those working, or intending to work, with adolescents in various settings and capacities. This includes, but is not limited to, teachers, trainers, youth workers, adolescent health researchers, etc. After completion of this programme, you will be trained to work in adolescent health practice and research. Graduates of this programme will be qualified to work in a vast array of organisations including health care, consulting firms, hospitals, not-for-profit organisations, schools, universities, and many more.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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