Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health & Wellbeing - Waterford

The aims of the programme are as follows:

1.To enhance participants' personal growth and development to advance the knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies required for effective facilitation of health and well-being with groups, individuals, and key populations.

2.To develop practitioner and academic capabilities underpinned by relevant academic theory.

3.To enable participants make an original and significant contribution at the forefront of the field of study of and practice of facilitation for health and well-being.

Please Note: This Masters was formerly known as the MA in Social Personal and Health Education and has been reconfigured.

Subjects taught

•The programme is delivered through a blend of methods consisting of groupwork, workshops, lectures, projects, e-learning etc. Experiential learning is the methodology used throughout the course.

•For the award of Masters in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being a student must accumulate 90 credits.

Year 1
Semester 1

(September start = September - December)

(January start = January - May)
Personal Development
Qualitative Research and Evaluation
The Determinants of Health and Well-Being
Group Development and Workshop Design

Semester 2
(September start = January – May)
(January start = September – December)
Advanced Personal Development
Qualitative Data Analysis
Individual and Social Influences on Health and Well-Being
Dissertation 1

Year 2
Semester 3 (January - May)
Advanced Facilitation Skills

Dissertation 2

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a qualification at NFQ Level 8 Honours (2.2) degree or equivalent. Applicants who do not hold the standard qualifying NFQ Level 8 Qualification criteria, but have relevant work experience and study may be considered for admission to the programme under the Institute's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process and subject to an interview.

All applicants must demonstrate that they have a level of maturity and life experience adequate to cope with the modalities of the programme. The programme board will require an interview with applicants to ascertain this. A minimum of 70% must be achieved at interview in order to be considered for a place on the programme.

Those applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet WIT's English Language Requirements before being offered a place on the programme.

Application dates



18 months blended learning.

Students of the Masters in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being are expected to complete the full 90 credits over 3 semesters.

The delivery reflects the flexibility required for adult learners and workers. Modules are taught through a blend of traditional face to face teaching with the benefits of learning online. This online learning occurs prior to and between the face to face contact time. The face to face contact is as follows:

Semester 1 4 x 2 - day blocks (Friday & Saturday) + 1 Residential Weekend
Semester 2 3 x 2 - day blocks (Friday & Saturday) + 1 Residential Weekend + one-on-one meetings with dissertation supervisors
Semester 3 2 x 2 day block (Friday & Saturday) + 1 Residential Weekend + one-on-one meetings with dissertation supervisors

Note: The residential weekends (Friday 6pm – Sunday 4pm) take place in Tullow Co Carlow. Please note there is a nominal fee of approximately €115 for residential weekends paid directly to the venue for food and board.

Post Course Info

The MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being is for all people whose core work involves communication with others; this programme is relevant to;

•Those for whom communication with others is core to the success of their work.


•People who work as part of a team.

•People who seek to establish and maintain effective partnerships.

•People who work with vulnerable and/or marginalised individuals or groups, and front line service providers e.g. teachers, health professionals, community workers, youth workers, gardai, social workers etc.

•People who wish to progress to higher levels within their organisations.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Flexible,Daytime,Weekend,Blended

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