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 discipline 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.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

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.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

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

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.

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

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

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

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting

90 (MA) | 60 (PDip)



Course code

1HP1, MA, full-time
1HP4, MA, part-time
1HM1, PDip, full-time
1HM7, PDip, part-time

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:

Module Code

Module Title




Research Methods




Foundations of Health Promotion




Health Promotion Practice




Determinants of Health Promotion








Promotion Healthy Behaviours




Promoting Health and Wellbeing




Re-orienting Health Services




Supportive Environments




Evaluation of Health Promotion Programmes











 Module details for MA full time

Module details for MA part time

Module details for Dip full time

Module details for Dip part time

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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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

A variety of career opportunities in Ireland and abroad exist for graduates of this programme.  Graduates are qualified to pursue a full-time career in health promotion or to incorporate health promotion principles into their work, expecially those in the health and education sectors.

MA graduates have found employment in statutory, voluntary, community and academic positions in a number of roles including dedicated Health Promotion Specialist posts.

PDip graduates have found employment in a diverse range of fields of health and medical research, including MDs and PhDs and improved professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes in daily practice (Evidence-Based Healthcare).

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,400 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€6,176 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€15,550 p.a. 2019/20

EU Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

1HP1, MA, EU full-time  €6,400 p.a.
1HP4, MA, EU part-time  €3,255 p.a.
1HM1, PDip, EU full-time  €5,965 p.a.

Find out More

Dr. Jane Sixsmith
T +353 91 493 466


  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2019

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