Course Overview

Despite the widespread evidence-based knowledge that physical activity and healthy eating are good for your health, individuals are not getting any healthier.  This programme will provide professionals with the tools to complement their knowledge base and enable them to facilitate their clients to achieve their health goals.

Health coaching draws on a number of underpinning theories including Motivational Interviewing, the Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model and Appreciative Inquiry. The aim of health and wellness coaching is to help the individual to choose the behaviour they want to change and support them through goal setting and ongoing goal review and support.

This is an academically accredited programme aimed at developing practitioner knowledge and skills in empowering people to achieve their own individual vision of wellness. One of the key themes of Healthy Ireland is ‘empowering people and their communities’ (p. 24 DOH 2013) and is also a key focus in the Slaintecare report (2017) and we envisage that this programme will equip the Healthcare Practitioner and other professionals working in a health and wellness area with the knowledge and empowerment skills for undertaking that role.

Applications and Selections

Please note, this programme will be offered again in September 2022.

Who Teaches this Course

The programme is delivered by a core team of lecturers with backgrounds in nutrition, nursing, health and wellness coaching and PhD study in the field of health coaching and health promotion.

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree (Level 8, NFQ) with second class honours or above. In certain circumstances we will consider applications from candidates who do not meet the above requirements provided they have a professional qualification in a relevant subject area and/or having relevant coaching experience. Students who do not have the level 8 requirements will need to compile a portfolio to provide evidence of their ability to study at post-graduate level.

Additional Requirements


3 Year timeframe (students must complete entire programme within 5 years)

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date
NFQ level

Level 9

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Pg Cert = 30; Pg Dip = 30; MHSc = 30


Master of Health Sciences (Applied Health and Wellness Coaching)
Postgraduate Diploma (Applied Health and Wellness Coaching)
Postgraduate Certificate (Applied Health and Wellness Coaching)


Course code

Course Outline

Students can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of year one of the programme, or a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of years one and two of the programme. Students who elect to complete year 3, will at the end of their studies hold a Master of Health Sciences qualification (not both a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master of Health Sciences award).

The following modules are conducted over 2 semesters in each year of the programme:

Year 1 Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health and Wellness Coaching (30 ECTS)
• Fundamentals of Coaching and Healthy Lifestyle Behaviours
• Foundations of Health and Wellness Coaching
• Coaching Strategies for Psychological Wellbeing

Year 2 Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health and Wellness Coaching (30 ECTS)
• Advanced Nutrition in Health and Wellness Coaching
• Advanced Theory and Practice of Health and Wellness Coaching
• Advanced Research Skills 

Year 3 Master of Health Science (Applied Health and Wellness Coaching) (30 ECTS)
• Research Dissertation

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have the skills to coach people on their health behaviour as part of their current role or may go on to develop a role as a health and wellness coach in private practice.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Healthcare professionals

  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • Health Promotion Practitioners
  • GPs
  • Practice Nurses
  • Dieticians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Personal Trainers
  • Nutritionists
  • Health and Fitness Coaches
  • Sports Coaches
  • Community and Social Care Workers
  • Career Guidance Teachers
  • College Counsellors,
  • Teachers 
  • Pharmacists

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,200 (Postgraduate Diploma)

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Exit route for Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health and Wellness Coaching: €2,100

Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility

Find out More

Dawn McGuinn
School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies
T: +353(0)71 913 5675


   What Our Students Say


Noreen McHale |   Postgraduate Diploma (Applied Health and Wellness Coaching)

When the client feels heard, valued and respected, a strong trusting relationship is developed with the clinician. This approach to care facilitates the opportunity for doors to open and allows change to occur. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Diabetes Integrated Care, practice nurses and GP’s with whom I work, have noticed a positive change in diabetes clients and continually ask me how and what I have done to support the clients’ behaviour change and improvement in diabetes. With health and wellness coaching, the client can genuinely make significant lifestyle and life-long behavioural change. These are the factors that need to be sustained to prevent and treat obesity and diabetes related co-morbidities.