Mindfulness Based Practice & Research

This Post Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness Based Practice and Research is run over two years. Year one accompanies the student to develop a committed mindfulness practice within their own lives while year two offers the student the opportunity to research Mindfulness at a deeper level. The programme includes an eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course which incorporates elements of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. It examines both the eastern philosophy and the western psychology of mindfulness and supports the student by enhancing their reflective skills through enquiry and heightened awareness. The programmes explores the use of mindfulness in settings such as healthcare, education, social care, the workplace, family and relationships. Students who complete year one of the programme may exit the programme and graduate with a PG Certificate in Mindfulness Based Practice while those who complete year two will graduate with a PG Diploma in Mindfulness Based Practice and Research.

In year one, the Post Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness Based Practice, the student completes a total of 30 credits. The programme also require a committed personal practice of formal and informal mindfulness outside of lecture times.

In year two, the Post Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness based Practice and Research the student completes a total of thirty credits.

There are many programmes throughout the country that offer an eight week course in mindfulness however this is the first programme of its kind in Ireland that offers the student a sustained support over one year in learning and embedding their mindfulness practice into daily life. Through the programme the student learns how mindfulness can be brought into healthcare, education, social care, the workplace, family and relationships. Research in these settings demonstrate that training in mindfulness can lead to a significant reduction of stress levels, an increase in levels of emotional intelligence, increased levels of interpersonal effectiveness, lower rates of health related absenteeism, increased self awareness, better communication skills, increased concentration and attention span, a greater capacity to hold information, lower levels of psychological distress and anxiety along with higher levels of well-being, resilience and overall life and work satisfaction.

This programme critical examines the empirical research undertaken in these areas and evaluates the implications for contemporary society. It provides the student the opportunity to establish a committed mindfulness practice and to deepen their understanding of Mindfulness Based Interventions.

Graduates from this course can integrate their new skills and knowledge into their current place of work. This programme is designed to allow the student to experience the impact a committed mindfulness practice can make within the areas of education, health care, social care, the work place, family and relationships.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a level eight honours degree or an equivalent qualification or professional qualification within a relevant field such as health care, education, social care, family care or workplace development

have at least five years of relevant experience within one of these areas for those with a degree out-side of relevant areas.

An interview forms an important element in assessing a candidates suitability for the programme, final decision on the inclusion of a candidate onto the programme will be determined by this process.

Assessment Info

The Post Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness based Practice and Research will use academic style assignments along with reflective assignments which allow the student to engage with both research and personal practice and encourages the student to draw on research to inform their practice. There is also a classroom presentation which the student gives of their learning in the programme. The PG Diploma requires a minor research to be completed and allows for a deeper engagement with research and theory.

Subjects taught

Year 1
AP6805: Mindfulness Practice (5 credits)
Eight week mindfulness based stress reduction programme informed in parts by mindfulness based cognitive therapy for the general public.

AP6806: Mindfulness in Personal and Professional Life (5 credits)
Mindfulness in family and relationships, work, health care and education. Research into mindfulness and its implications for contemporary life. Eastern origins and influence of western psychology in mindfulness based approaches.

AP6807: Mindfulness and Reflective Practice (5 credits)
Reflective practice, acceptance and commitment training, nine attitudinal foundations of mindfulness.

AP6808: Enquiry into Mindfulness Practice (15 credits)
Enquiry into personal practice, deepening of personal practice. Exploring the connection between and transition from formal practice to informal practice, practising mindfulness in every aspect of daily life.

Year 2 Modules
AP6809: Research Methodologies (5 credits)
Qualitative, quantitative and mixed research. Theory, research and practice, data gathering, reflexive practice in research.

AP6810: Research Project (25 credits)
Demonstrate the ability to complete a minor research work to the appropriate standard.


Two years part-tme, exit award of PG Cert at the end of year one.



€2,500 Year 1: €2,100 Year 2

Enrolment dates

Start Date September 2019

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    PG Dip

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    Postgraduate Certificate

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    Part time

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