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Counselling & Pastoral Care

Programme Overview: The MA in Counselling and Pastoral Care is designed to prepare students to be competent and effective practitioners in pastoral care embedded in counselling principles.

The programme develops competence through in-depth study, meaningful structured reflection and the integration of theory with experiential learning through practice. This Masters programme provides learners an opportunity to develop the key professional skills, knowledge, attributes and approaches required to successfully engage in counselling and pastoral care. Special attention is placed on the research element of this Masters so as to allow learners to investigate and deepen insights specific to the field of pastoral care and combine that learning with the personal learning associated with reflective practice.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.2) at Level 8,or its equivalent in a related discipline. The nature of the programme allows for the consideration of candidates from a variety of backgrounds. Those with relevant experience will also be considered through APL/RPL. Applicants are also required to complete a short interview.

All applicants are expected to be fluent and competent in both written and spoken English. In the case of overseas applications, students will have to provide certification of competency in English indicating a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS .


This programme can be completed over I or more years full or part-time

Careers or further progression

Academic Progression:
Graduates who successfully complete this programme may pursue Doctoral programmes (level 10 on NFQ) at other colleges and universities in both Ireland and abroad.

Career Opportunities:
Graduates can expect extended opportunities for employment in areas specialising in Pastoral Care and psychotherapeutic practice. Graduates are expected to act as Leaders or partners in multidisciplinary teams within the statutory, private and commercial sectors dealing with a wide range of complex issues that require professional intervention.

Further enquiries

Further Information:
Admissions Office
Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences , Walton House, Lonsdale Road, National Technology Park , Castletroy, Limerick

Telephone: 061 216288 Website:
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Subjects taught

Programme Outline:


Personhood and Pastoral Care Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
Life Crises and Pastoral Care Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
Psychotherapeutic Skills and Engagement Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 40 Practical 60
Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Practice Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
Principles and Theories of Counselling Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
Evidence Based Practice and Research Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 100
Research Methods and Design Credits 5 Project 100
Elective Module Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Practical 30
Practicum Credits 20 Continuous Assessment 100
Dissertation Credits 30 Continuous Assessment 100


Teaching and Learning Approach: The course uses both direct provision and blended learning: In the vast majority of cases students can access courses using any one of 3 approaches— By going to class, on line or by viewing podcasts of the individual class sessions. However in specific mod-ules classroom attendance is a requirement.

Assessment method

Assessment: The programme has been designed to enable learners to demonstrate their academic and reflective learning in appropriate ways. The assess-ment strategy accommodates different learning styles and therefore the programme requires learn-ers to undertake a range of practical assignment, essays, learning journals, examinations, reflective exercises and projects.

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