Course Overview

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The Disciplines of Children’s Studies (College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies) and Paediatrics (College of Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery and Health Sciences) have come together to develop a new postgraduate degree in Adolescent Health. This programme, the first programme of its kind in Europe, provides students with interdisciplinary training in adolescent health grounded in a public health approach. Our programme is specifically aimed at educators, social care workers, coaches and health professionals who are passionate about improving the health and well-being of adolescents. Our students will enjoy the flexibility of a Blended Learning approach, which combines online modules with a series of face-to-face workshops on campus. The programme can also be completed on either a full-time (one year) or part-time (two year) basis, allowing students to complete the programme around their personal schedules. Through our rigorous curriculum, our students learn how to define the health and developmental needs of adolescents, design strategies to address those needs, and evaluate the effectiveness of adolescent health policies and programmes. When students leave this programme, they are equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills to make a difference and create change locally, nationally, and globally.

Objectives of the programme
To explore the unique challenges and opportunities that are faced by adolescents, as they go through a period of transition from childhood to adulthood. The programme aims to provide professionals working alongside adolescents with relevant knowledge and skills unique to adolescents, to enhance their working relationships, and allow for a deeper understanding of the needs of this age group.

Programme Promises/Learning Outcomes
When you complete this programme, you’ll be able to:

Knowledge-Based Learning Outcomes

  • Appraise the developmental changes that occur during adolescence
  • Identify the emotional and physical needs of adolescents and apply them to practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of common physical and mental health illnesses/conditions in adolescents- aetiology, their management, and their impact on daily living
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate strategies required to optimize effective communication with adolescents
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the complexity of the needs, challenges and abilities of adolescents

Transferable Learning Outcomes

  • Plan and conduct adolescent-based research
  • Effectively communicate with adolescents, applying evidence-based communication frameworks
  • Outline and critically evaluate the professional role and responsibilities associated with the provision of services to adolescents

Frequently Asked Questions

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Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

  • Official qualifications and exam results (transcripts) to date: required for all non-NUI Galway applicants and for NUI Galway graduates who did not receive their undergraduate degrees from NUI Galway. Applicants who have still to graduate must upload final transcripts on receipt. 
  • English language competency: if necessary, evidence of English language competency.
  • Personal statement: all applicants must enclose a typed personal statement of approximately 600 words explaining why you wish to undertake the programme(s) of your choice, outlining how it fits into your career objectives, unless indicated otherwise in the table below. 
  • Passport or Birth certificate—a copy of your passport or birth certificate must also be submitted.
  • Two references.

The course is assessed by a range of continuous assessments, including essays, portfolios, reflection assignments and group assignments.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applications to the MSc in Adolescent Health will be evaluated by the programme board which will review a range of criteria, including the applicant’s academic record, relevant professional experience, and overall motivation and suitability for the programme. Successful candidates will have a strong undergraduate record with a minimum of a 2.2 in Level 8 in the social sciences, health sciences, or a cognate discipline. Applicants with a Level 7 with extensive experience working with adolescents will also be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants are also required to submit a Personal Statement that highlights their commitment to the field of adolescent health. Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation. Applicants should also include a resumé.

International applicants are required to have an equivalent degree and results from their undergraduate university. Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score of a 6.5 is required on the IELTS.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Full-time- 90 ECTS; Part-time- 30 ECTS Year 1 + 60 ECTS Year 2



Course code

1MSH1, full-time; 1MSH2, part-time

Course Outline


  • Foundations of Public Health in the Context of Adolescence;
  • Adolescent Health and Development;
  • Research Methods;
  • Determinants of Adolescent Health;
  • Chronic Health Disorders in Adolescents;
  • Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Adolescent Health Interventions;
  • Communication for Adolescent Health;
  • Quality Improvement;
  • Leadership Development; and,
  • Integrative Learning Experience.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Why choose this programme?

  • You will receive interdisciplinary training in adolescent health grounded in a public health approach.
  • You will enjoy the flexibility of a blended learning approach, which combines online modules and a series of face-to-face workshops on campus. You can also choose to complete the programme either on a full-time (one year) or part-time (two year) basis, allowing you to complete the programme around your personal schedule.
  • You will learn to define the health and developmental needs of adolescents, design strategies to address those needs, and evaluate the effectiveness of adolescent health policies and programmes.
  • You will complete an Integrative Learning Experience (ILE), such as a group-based capstone project or independent research leading to a thesis. Your ILE final project will be on a topic of your choosing and tailored to your personal interests and professional goals.
  • When you leave this programme, you will have the necessary knowledge and skills to work with and on behalf of adolescents, and to promote and improve the health of adolescents locally, nationally, and globally 

Employment and career opportunities

The MSc in Adolescent Health arms students with the foundational knowledge and practical skills needed to make a difference on the health and well-being of adolescents in their community and around the globe. Our students learn about the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of adolescents and further their understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by this age group. Through our rigorous curriculum, students develop their critical thinking, analytic, communication, leadership, decision-making, and key public health skills. Graduates are prepared to work in a vast array of organisations both nationally and internationally including health care, consulting firms, departments of health and education, hospitals, not-for-profit organisations, schools, universities, and many, many more.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,716 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€6,576 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,216 p.a. 2021/22

1MSH1 EU full-time €6,716 p.a.; 1MSH2 EU part-time €3,393 p.a. 

*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Levy

Student Levy: €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here

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  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021 PDF (11.3MB)

  • MSc Adolescent Health brochure

    MSc Adolescent Health brochure PDF (219kb)