Health Promotion

Your course
The MA/PDip programme aims to provide you with professional education and training in the core competencies of health promotion practice by providing the following:

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

• Determinants of physical, mental and social wellbeing;

• 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. A European Dimension option entails a two-week placement in another EU member state. A full list of modules is on the course website.


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.

3. Expert research staff: Lecturing staff are involved in research in the Health Promotion Research Centre, which is within the discipline of Health Promotion, and is a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
As Health Promotion is a multidisciplinary area, we consider applications from candidates with a primary degree from a related discipline. For the MA, eligibility for the programme is generally an honours degree. For the Postgraduate Diploma programme, a primary degree at any level is required. The Programme Board evaluates each applicant's academic record and relevant professional experience and assesses the applicant's level of motivation and suitability as per the personal statement submitted as part of the online application.

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


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

Post Course Info

Career opportunities
A variety of career opportunities in Ireland and abroad exist for graduates of this 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

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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