Adult Guidance & Counselling

This Masters is designed to offer experienced practitioners in the field of adult guidance grounding in practitioner research. Candidates will be required to submit a dissertation in which there is particular emphasis on reflexivity and practice.

Entry requirements

A primary honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Adult Guidance and Counselling) or equivalent; 3 years experience in the field. An informal interview will also be required. Recognition of prior learning may apply for candidates who have achieved a grade of 2:1 or higher in the Diploma in Arts (Adult Guidance and Counselling). For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHA51 1 year Part-time

Careers or further progression

In addition to practitioners in mainstream adult and community education settings, the MEd has also been found useful by tutors, counsellors and psychotherapists, local government personnel and those working in education and development settings.

Further enquiries

Contact Details: Rose Gallagher
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3937
Web: /adult-and-community-education

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include research methods in adult guidance and counselling, group supervision and reflexive research and thesis and research completion.


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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