Health Promotion

The programme covers:

• Theoretical background in the concepts and principles of health promotion;

• Determinants of physical, mental and social well-being;

• Application of health promotion interventions across diverse population groups, topics and settings;

• Critical role of the research process in the development of knowledge and best practice in health promotion

The MA incorporates the taught component of the PDip together with a minor dissertation based on original research. An optional European dimension module entails a placement in another EU member state. A full list of modules is on the course website. The programme is delivered through a blend of online and face-to-face contact. Some on-campus attendance is expected from students. Support and guidance is provided to all students in order to optimise utilisation and engagement with online learning platforms.

1. Gain valuable experience: As well as getting workplace experience, students have the opportunity to engage with international health promotion research projects, including the development of evidence-based policy and practice.

2. Accredited programme: Accredited by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education. Graduates can join the global voluntary register as Health Promotion Practitioners.

3. Expert research staff: Lecturing staff are involved in research in the Health Promotion Research Centre, a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
As Health Promotion is a multidisciplinary field, we consider applications from candidates with a primary degree from a related discipline. For the MA, the minimum entry requirement is a 2.1 on an honours degree programme. For the PDip, the minimum entry requirement is a primary degree at any level. The programme board evaluates each applicant's academic record and relevant professional experience and assesses the applicant's level of motivation and suitability from the personal statement submitted as part of the online application.

Garda Vetting/police Clearance:
Garda vetting/police clearance is required for this programme.

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.


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

1MMA1, full-time; 1MMA4, part time; PDip: 1DHP1, full-time; 1DHP7, part-time

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
A variety of career opportunities in Ireland and abroad exist for graduates of this International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) accredited programme. Graduates are qualified to pursue a full-time career in health promotion or to incorporate health promotion principles into their work, especially those in the health and education sectors. Graduates are employed in statutory, voluntary, community and academic positions in a number of roles, including dedicated health promotion specialist posts.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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