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Mindfulness Based Interventions

Who should apply?
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Candidates may apply for admission to the Masters in Mindfulness Based Interventions if they have the following:

- At least an upper second class honours bachelor’s degree or equivalent

- Have completed at least one 8 week MBCT / MBSR training programme, a commitment towards engaging in daily personal mindfulness practice, prior participation in a silent residential retreat is desirable

- Have access and support from their work setting, to a clinical/educational population with whom they can deliver an 8 week MBCT/MBSR course in Year II

Entry requirements

Up to 15 students are admitted to the Masters in Mindfulness Based Interventions each year. Applicants in the first instance may contact Mary Boyle to indicate their interest in applying. Applicants may apply for the programme online at


2 years part time.

Careers or further progression

Related Programmes
MSc Rehabilitation & Disability Studies PT

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Mary Boyle
Contact Number: +353 (0)1716 8369

Subjects taught

Year 1
The first year of the course is designed to develop student’s knowledge of theory, research, and clinical applications of MBI. This will be blended with the development of the student’s personal mindfulness meditation practice. The primary academic focus of Year I will centre on:

- Developing a personal mindfulness meditation practice via direct experience of the 8-week MBCT programme. This includes opportunities for reflection, and a requirement for regular meditation practice between teaching blocks

- The Buddhist background to clinical mindfulness based interventions

- The history & evolution of psychological interventions for emotional & psychiatric disorders

- The emerging field of third wave psychological interventions and positive psychology

- The research underpinning MBIs – understanding and critically evaluation of the research

- The neuroscience and physiology of mindfulness

Residential Training Retreat
This 5-day intensive residential training will provide students with the opportunity to deepen personal mindfulness meditation practice and to blend this with the practice teaching elements of MBCT/MBSR using in vivo feedback from other participants and from instructors.

Year 2
The second year of the course is designed to further develop the student’s knowledge of theory, research, and clinical applications of MBIs. Blending this with the development of the student’s personal mindfulness meditation practice continues to be a core tenet of the programme. The primary academic focus of Year II will be:

- How to guide MBCT/MBSR mindfulness meditations
- How to conduct mindfulness inquiry
- Integrating personal mindfulness practice with teaching a class
- Understanding the centrality of self-compassion in teaching mindfulness
- Self-care and the mindfulness teacher
- Assessing participant suitability for MBCT/MBSR
- How to plan for and accommodate particular populations
- Understanding the theory & practice of group process
- Mindfulness in organizational settings: The challenges and opportunities
- Mindfulness & Leadership

Residential Training Retreat
This intensive residential training will provide the opportunity for students to blend and deepen teaching skills, personal mindfulness meditation, attitudes and competencies learned over Year 1 and 2.

Students will be required to complete an MBCT/MBSR Practice Project towards the end of Year 2. This will require the delivery and evaluation an 8 week MBCT/MBSR course to an appropriate client group in their own place of work, with supervision from course tutors. A written report along with audiovisual recordings will be required.


This course will be taught, part-time, over two years, and is organised in two residential training events and teaching blocks throughout the two years of the programme. It will involve a community of adult learners, where students will be supported and nurtured so as to meet the highest standards as teachers of Mindfulness Based Interventions.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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