The Discipline of Health Promotion offers an MPhil in Social Care part-time over 2 years. The MPhil programme offers qualified, experienced social care workers the opportunity to extend and enhance the depth and breadth of their knowledge within a framework of academic rigour. Application is open to those with a BA degree in Social Care, Level 8, grade 2.1 or over. Application is competitive and the number of places offered is limited. Being eligible does not guarantee a place on the programme. 

About the Programme

Programme aim:

The aim of the MPhil (Health Sciences - Social Care) is to prepare graduates to develop, improve and enhance knowledge, skills and understanding in their chosen area of research.

Programme delivery:

The MPhil 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 member of academic staff of the Discipline of Health Promotion. Students will be supported by a named academic supervisor for the duration of the programme.

Prior to formal application it is recommended that students make direct contact with 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.


Areas in which applications are welcomed: 

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 and health inequalities

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. Mary Jo Lavelle

T: +353 91 495119

Environmental sustainability and health, quality of life and wellbeing, sustainable lifestyles, active transport, green spaces, pro-environmental behaviour, and segmentation analysis. 

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).

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.

Further Information:

Mphil social care - Summer 2015

For further information including fees and application procedures go to NUIG postgraduate webpage.   

Course Coordinator: Dr Jane Sixsmith (Email:

Course Administrator: Ms Denise Glavin (Email: