MA (Health Promotion)— full-time and part-time
Postgraduate Diploma (Health Promotion)—
full-time and part-time

Interdisciplinary (College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies and College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences)

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. The Masters programme is based on the European Masters in Health Promotion core curriculum and offers students the opportunity of pursuing European-based study as an optional module.


Attached to the Discipline is the Health Promotion Research Centre which has an active multidisciplinary research programme in place. A range of teaching and assessment methods are used, including interactive lectures, work placements, small group teaching, skills development, and contributions from practitioners in the field.

The programme aims to provide students with professional education and training in the core competencies for effective health promotion practice, including the following:

  • Theoretical background to the concepts and principles of health promotion.
  • Determinants of physical, mental and social well-being.
  • Application of health promotion interventions across diverse population groups, topics and settings.
  • Critical role of the research process in the development of knowledge and best practice in health promotion.

Lecturing staff are involved in research and the Health Promotion Research Centre which is within the disciline of Health Promotion, and is a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre.  Together with workplace experience, students have the opportunity to engage with international health promotion research projects, including the development of evidence-based policy and practice.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applications are considered from candidates with a primary degree from cognate disciplines. 

MA: Eligibililty for the MA programme is generally an honours primary degree (H2.2), or equivalent international qualification.

PDip: applicants must have a primary degree at pass level or higher (or equivalent international qualification). The course team evaluates academic record, relevant experience, and motivation for all eligible applicants.

Additional requirements

Garda vetting/police clearance is required for this programme.

Duration: 1 year, full-time (MA)
2 years, part-time (MA)
1 year, full-time (PDip)
2 years, part-time (PDip)

Next start date: September 2016

ECTS weighting: 90 (MA) | 60 (PDip)

Average intake: 18–19

Closing date: An early application may result in an early offer: see the offer round dates.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The MA course is a taught programme with students having to complete four core modules and four optional modules, together with a minor dissertation based on original research which must be submitted not less than four months from completion of the taught course. The course is taught in NUI Galway full-time over one year or part-time over two years. MA students must complete the taught programme to second class honours standard (i.e., average 60%) before proceeding to complete the dissertation element.

The postgraduate diploma course is a taught programme with students having to complete four core modules and four optional modules. The course is taught in NUI Galway full time over one year or part-time over two years.  

The MA/PDip programme is based on the European Masters in Health Promotion core curriculum and offers students the opportunity of pursuing European based study as an optional module. The PDip offers a taught programme, delivered over two seminars to full-time students and over four semesters to part-time students. The MA incorporates the taught component of the PDip together with a minor dissertation based on original research. The taught modular programme comprises four core and six optional modules. Students must complete eight modules in total, four core and four optional. The European Dimension option entails a two-week placement in another EU member state. 

Modules include:

  • Foundation of Health Promotion
  • Research Methods
  • Health Promotion Practice
  • Determinants of Health
  • Promoting Healthy Behaviours
  • Promoting Mental Health and Social Well being
  • Re-orienting Health Services
  • Supportive Environments for Health
  • European Dimension of Health Promotion
  • Evaluation of Health Promotion Programmes

Further education

Students can go on to earn the PhD, MPhil, and MLitt degrees, through research work, with an optional minor taught element. Students can specialise in one of the disciplines various areas of research, working with a high degree of independence, and becoming experts on their chosen topic. This work is usually published in international conferences and journals.

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Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

The programme board evaluates each applicant’s academic record and relevant professional experience to date at the time of application and assesses the applicant’s level of motivation and suitability as per the Personal Statement submitted as part of the online application.

Requirements and assessment

Assessment is by means of written examination, continuous assessment and an oral examination.

Find out more

Dr Michal Molcho
T: +353 91 493 668

PAC code

GYA15, MA, full-time
GYA16, MA, part-time
GYA17, PDip, full-time
GYA18, PDip, part-time

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,015 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your full-time tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay full-time TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.   M.A. EU Full time programme: €6,015; M.A. EU Part time programme: €3,065 p.a. P.Dip. EU Full time programme:  €5,965

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

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