The Discipline of Health Promotion offers an MPhil and MLitt in Health Promotion that can be taken part-time or full time.

The MPhil programme offers qualified, experienced health promoters, including those incorporating health promotion into their work, the opportunity to extend and enhance the depth and breadth of their knowledge within a framework of academic rigour.

Application is competitive and the number of places offered is limited.

Applications in the following areas are welcome:



Staff Member

Contact Details

Areas of Research Interest

Professor Margaret Barry

T  +353 91 493 348 

Mental health promotion; evidence-based practice and evaluation in health promotion; capacity development and health promotion competencies; public perceptions of mental health.

Dr. Catherine Anne Field

T  + 353 91 494 421


Public health and health promotion (drug and alcohol addiction, mental heath and primary care)

Dr Margaret Hodgins 

T: +353 91 493 349 

Workplace health promotion; The settings approach within health promotion

Dr Colette Kelly

T: +353 91 493 186 

Health and social care of children and young people, health behaviour in school-aged children (HBSC); food and nutrition; vulnerable groups; participative research with children

Dr Saoirse Nic Gabhainn

T  +353 91 493 093 

School health promotion; health inequalities among children and young people; sexual behaviour; substance use and risk taking and women’s health; Health Behaviour in School Children (HBSC).

Geraldine Nolan

T  +353 91 493 645 

Effective nutrition interventions across public health and clinical settings; best practice for Community Nutrition and Dietetic services in delivery of service or clients with eating disorders; nutrition needs of ethnic minorities; production of best practice guidelines in clinical settings.

Dr Martin Power 

T: +353 91 492 157 

Social care theory and practice; care planning; risk; social policy; and adult education.

Dr Lisa Pursell

T: +353 91 492 044 

Health inequalities, health impact assessment methodologies, evaluation and health policy

Dr Jane Sixsmith

T: +353 91 493 466 

Health communications; community health; qualitative methodologies; health services research.

Programme Aim

The aim of the M.Phil /MLitt is to prepare graduates to develop, improve and enhance knowledge, skills and understanding in their chosen area of health promotion research. 


Programme Delivery

The programme requires students to conduct a piece of independent and original research, normally comprising the design of an empirical study and the collection, analysis and interpretation of data under the supervision of a dedicated member of academic staff of the Discipline of Health Promotion. 

Before making a formal application we recommend that students contact potential supervisors in the Discipline to discuss their plans and to work on their research proposals. A full CV and proposal will be requested and considered prior to acceptance onto a research degree programme

Further Information

For further information including fees and application procedures please check the NUIG postgraduate webpage.