Adult Guidance & Counselling

The course is designed for people working with adults in adult guidance & counselling, providing information, advice and placement services. The course provides an understanding of core concepts and ideas concerning sociology, marginalisation, exclusion and adult career development. This course is also offered as a Diploma for candidates who do not have a primary degree but have extensive experience in the field.

Entry requirements

A primary degree, professional diploma or equivalent is required with a minimum of three years experience working with adults. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHA55 2 year Part-time

Careers or further progression

This two-year part-time course has played a key role in the professionalisation of adult guidance in Ireland. Graduates from this programme are eligible for membership of the Institute Guidance Counsellors.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director Ms Breda Gibney
Tel +353 (0)1 708 3752
Fax +353 (0)1 708 4687
Web: /adult-and-community-education

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include adult guidance and counselling skills, case review and professional development, integrating theory and practice and research methodologies


Adult and Community Education at Maynooth is at the forefront of development in adult educational practices, research, and innovation in Ireland. The Department has influenced policy development on equality of access to education, professionalisation of the sector, lifelong learning, and recognition of prior learning. The Department is recognised as a leader in outreach programmes for third level education.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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