Our motivation in developing this programme at NUI Galway is two-fold: first, to inform better, evidence-based, compassionate and dignified care to patients affected by obesity and related disorders and second, to inform better population level strategies to mitigate the obesity epidemic. This two-pronged approach is a strong theme throughout the programme, reflected in the two distinct obesity modules that form part of the core learning.

Our students will develop in-depth knowledge of the various therapeutic strategies available to patients and will understand the factors underlying variations in the obesity phenotype. Students will also appreciate the potential benefits and disadvantages of various population-level strategies that can be formulated to address the obesity crisis, and the societal, political and legislative challenges faced in deploying these.

1. Consolidate your understanding of the causes, complications and treatment of obesity with a flexibly structured course that will suit those based anywhere in Ireland.

2. Study with other students and faculty from diverse academic backgrounds in medicine, nursing, sports science, dietetics as well as health policy, economics, marketing and philosophy.

3. The research project offers an excellent opportunity for multidisciplinary collaboration and for peer-reviewed publication of your scientific work.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Successful applicants will possess at least a Second Class Honours, Grade 1 (or equivalent) degree in an appropriate clinical or life science degree programme. However, for those who do not hold a primary degree at the required level, a special case can be made if they have demonstrated aptitude for the course material through at least three years of high quality work experience in an obesity-related field (relevant to their background). Candidates coming to Ireland from abroad or who do not have a degree from Ireland or the UK will be asked to provide evidence of an acceptable result in one of the recognised English language proficiency tests, e.g., IELTS total score of 6.5. All prospective candidates will be interviewed either by telephone or by Skype.

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.

Assessment Info

Module Assessment
Assessment is continuous, with each module assessed independently through e-tivities, discussion boards and a written assignment or equivalent. For those who opt not to be assessed, participants may audit a module or modules and receive a Certificate of Attendance from the Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity


30 ECTS - Postgraduate Certificate
60 ECTS - Postgraduate Diploma


1OBS1: 1 year, full-time; 1OBS2: 2 years, part-time.

Enrolment dates

Intake: Twice Annually (October and January)

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
For doctors this programme will be an adjunct to specialist training (rather than an alternative to it). The appeal will be broad and will include general practice, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, public health and occupational health as well as surgery. The course offers a career development opportunity for public health nurses, midwives, and medical and surgical nurses within acute hospital-based bariatric teams, as well as nurses in primary care, particularly where large-scale deployment of structured lifestyle programmes within the community is likely with the newly established National Clinical Programme for Obesity. Similarly, psychology, dietetic, occupational therapy and physiotherapy graduates who will ultimately contribute to obesity multidisciplinary care will need advanced training in obesity. Managers within the health service, hospital groups, policy makers and industry stakeholders are also likely to enhance their career prospects through completion of this programme.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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