Intermediary Studies

Key programme benefits to future students
In following the best practice blended learning approach which has been adopted internationally, the programme modules include a combination of online and face-to-face tutorials using the state-of-the-art clinical facilities located on the University of Limerick’s campus.

Students will be presented with practice dilemmas to develop their skills in relation to professional conduct & ethical issues which may arise within their role as intermediaries.

Importantly, this training is designed and delivered in contemplation of the experience and insights of a range of key criminal justice stakeholders at both a national and international level.

Key Fact: This is the first, and only, training programme for Registered Intermediaries working in courts in the Republic of Ireland.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Law of Evidence (Online)
• Advanced Crime and Criminal Justice (Online)

Spring Modules
• Role of the Intermediary: Context and Communication (Blended)
• Role of the Intermediary: Methods and Techniques (Blended)

Entry requirements

Minimum of a second class honours primary degree (2.2) (Level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).

Three full years practice experience as a CORU registered Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker in the Republic of Ireland, or equivalent.

Note: Previous legal experience and/or training is not an entry requirement.

What to Include with your Application
Qualification transcripts and certificates
A copy of your birth certificate or passport
A completed communication skills and experience form
A personal statement
A curriculum vitae
A copy of Coru Certificate of Registration
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice. If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
AND English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year part-time, blended.

Enrolment dates

September 2024

Post Course Info

Graduate careers
Individuals who complete the programme are fully recognised by the Department of Justice as eligible to be placed on a panel from which the courts can draw from to work as a Registered Intermediary in the Republic of Ireland.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Minor Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Part time

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