Adult Guidance Counselling

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Adult Guidance Counselling) is designed to serve as a training course for people working with adults in a guidance/counselling setting, providing information, advice and placement services. The course aims to work towards the development of an understanding of core concepts and ideas concerning sociology, marginalisation, exclusion and adult career development.

This course is also offered at Diploma Level for candidates who have appropriate experience and who do not have an initial degree. Please go to and click on Code MHA57 to make application. When applying for MHA57 through please ensure that you select the undergraduate button before making application for this course. For further details please go to:

Course Structure
The Postgraduate Diploma extends over two academic years and is delivered Part-time in an open learning format, incorporating e-learning materials and workshops. (Computer access is vital). Participants will be expected to be in a position to attend on average one workshop per month.

Entry requirements

Primary Degree, professional diploma or equivalent with a minimum of three years experience working with adults in a developmental setting. All applicants must be seeing clients in a guidance context on a regular basis. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Certain programmes may have additional requirements.

Minimum English language requirements:
•IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
•TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
•TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
•PTE (Pearson): 62

National University of Ireland Maynooth's TOEFL code is 8850


2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

Career Options
Since its inception in 1997 this two-year 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

Programme Co-Ordinator Carmen Ruiz
Tel +353 (0)1 708 3752
Address Department of Adult and Community Education, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

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.

Closing Date: 04 August 2020

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.

Enrolment and start dates

Commences September

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