Course Overview

Established in 1990, the Discipline of Health Promotion is the only one of its kind in the Republic of Ireland and is the national centre for professional training and education in health promotion. Attached to the academic unit is the Health Promotion Research Centre, which is a World Health Organisation Collaborative Centre for Health Promotion Research and has an active multidisciplinary research programme in place. Health Promotion offers supervision of postgraduate research in a wide range of areas.

Admission to a research degree is at the discretion of the potential supervisor and the Head of Discipline, and is based on a proposal from the applicant following discussion with the member of staff whose academic area of interest is most appropriate. Application is competitive and the number of places offered will be based on staff resources.

Programmes Available

Through College of Medicine
MPhil, full-time
MPhil, part-time

Through College of Arts

MLitt, full-time
MLitt, part-time


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Candidates may be required to submit a research proposal for consideration by the School as part of their application.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current funded research opportunity

  • Developing Competencies and Professional Standards for Health Promotion Capacity Building in Europe (CompHP)
  • The World Health Organisation Collaborative Study—Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC)
  • Exploring the feasibility of developing internet based health promotion materials for third level students.

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

  • Child and adolescent health 
  • Communicable disease control and environmental health 
  • Food and nutrition: infant feeding, food behaviour, food environment and food consumption
  • Global and international health and development 
  • Health and human rights 
  • Health and social inequalities; social determinants of health
  • Health and social policy 
  • Health communication 
  • Health promotion competencies 
  • Health services research and disease prevention
  • Mental health promotion 
  • Methodologies for health promotion research: evaluation research 
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • Participative research processes 
  • Research dissemination, translating research into practice 
  • Risk taking behaviour, substance use and bullying
  • Settings for health promotion: communities, workplace and schools 
  • Sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS
  • Health and Social Care: theory and practice; care planning 
  • Violence and injury prevention 
  • Vulnerable populations: migrants, older people, children, travelling community

Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,250 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,250 p.a. 2018/19

Extra Information

EU Part time:  Year 1 [2018/19] €3,575. p.a.

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What Our Students Say


Aleisha Clarke |   PhD (Health Promotion)

After teaching in Dublin for four years and completing a Masters in Education I decided to further my research in the area of mental health promotion and children. I enrolled as a PhD student with the Health Promotion Research Centre in 2008. As part of my PhD I am evaluating the implementation of an emotional wellbeing programme in Irish Primary Schools. Being a part of the Health Promotion Research Centre, in my opinion has been instrumental in the progress I have made to date. The approachable nature of the staff in Health Promotion and the close network that has been established between fellow Health Promotion PhD students creates an environment of contribution and constant learning within which I work. Doing a PhD in Health Promotion has provided me with the opportunity to engage with international experts in my field and to showcase my work internationally. I have also gained a wealth of teaching experience over the past year and a half.