Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health & Well Being

The Masters in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being offers participants a unique opportunity to finely tune their facilitation and personal skills through practical experience, group process and advanced personal development.

The aims of the programme are as follows:
1. To enhance participants' personal growth and development to advance the knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies required for effective facilitation of health and well-being with groups, individuals, and key populations.

2. To develop practitioner and academic capabilities underpinned by relevant academic theory.

3. To enable participants make an original and significant contribution at the forefront of the field of study of and practice of facilitation for health and well-being.

Please Note: This Masters was formerly known as the MA in Social Personal and Health Education and has been reconfigured.

Entry requirements

• Applicants must hold a qualification at level 8 in the NFQ or its equivalent. Equivalent programmes being considered will require written confirmation of qualification and portfolio presentation including applicants' relevant experience and learning

• All applicants must demonstrate that they have a level of maturity and life experience adequate to cope with the modalities of the programme. The programme board will require an interview with applicants to ascertain this. A minimum of 70% must be achieved at interview in order to be considered for a place on the programme.

• Those applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet WIT's English Language Requirements before being offered a place on the programme.

Very Important Checklist for all Applicants (PAC)
Very Important Checklist for all Applicants (PAC)

All applications must be accompanied by the following documentation:

1.An up-to-date CV.

2.Scanned copies of all of your official educational qualification parchments.

3.Scanned copies of all of your official educational transcripts clearing showing the results you achieved in each subject/module.

4.Scanned copies of any professional qualifications/awards you wish to be considered.

5.A scanned copy of your English language qualification. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT's English Language Requirements for details.

6.A scanned copy of your Certificate of Qualification from the NQAI if your prior education is from outside the EU. For further information, please visit Please note that applications will not be considered without this Certificate of Qualification, irrespective of any prior participation on other educational programmes in the EU.

Given the expected demand for this programme, the documentation filenames you submit should be descriptive (i.e. the filenames should clearly describe the document along with your name (e.g.) JohnDoe-EnglishLanguageQual; JohnDoe-DegreeParchment; etc., etc.).

If this documentation is not received in full, and/or if all sections of the application form are not completed in full, then we will be unable to process your application.


18 months blended learning.

The Masters in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being is a full time course and the delivery reflects the flexibility required for adult learners and workers.

Modules are taught through a blend of traditional face to face teaching with the benefits of learning online. This online learning occurs prior to and between the face to face contact time. The face to face contact is as follows:

Semester 1
4 x 2 - day blocks (Friday & Saturday) + 1 Residential Weekend

Semester 2
3 x 2 - day blocks (Friday & Saturday) + 2 Residential Weekends

Semester 3
1 x 1.5 day block (Friday & Saturday) + 1 Saturday + one-on-one meetings with dissertation supervisors

Note: The residential weekends (Friday 6pm – Sunday 4pm) take place in Tullow Co Carlow. Please note there is a nominal fee of approximately €115 for residential weekends paid directly to the venue for food and board.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

The MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being is for all people whose core work involves communication with others; this programme is relevant to;

•Those for whom communication with others is core to the success of their work.


•People who work as part of a team.

•People who seek to establish and maintain effective partnerships.

•People who work with vulnerable and/or marginalised individuals or groups, and front line service providers e.g. teachers, health professionals, community workers, youth workers, gardai, social workers etc.

•People who wish to progress to higher levels within their organisations.

Further enquiries

Course Leader(s)
Ms. Mairead Barry
Lecturer and Co-Course Leader MA Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well-Being (Formerly known as MA SPHE)
Tel: 51302165

Dr. Paula Carroll
Lecturer and Researcher
Tel: 051-843131

Subjects taught

•The programme is delivered through a blend of methods consisting of groupwork, workshops, lectures, projects, e-learning etc. Experiential learning is the methodology used throughout the course.

•For the award of Masters in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being a student must accumulate 90 credits.

•A student who accumulates 60 credits in Semester 1 and 2 and who does not wish to complete the MA may, at the discretion of the Programme Board, be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being.

Year 1
Semester 1 (January - May)
Facilitation Skills
Personal Development
The Determinants of Health and Well-Being
Qualitative Research & Evaluation

Semester 2 (September - December)
Advanced Facilitation Skills
Advanced Personal development

Year 2
Semester 3 (January - May)
Individual and Social Influences on Health and Well-Being
Qualitative Data Analysis


Campus: Dublin

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: January 2019.

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