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Boost your career potential: 4 tips on choosing a postgrad in Education and Health



A postgrad in Education and Health Sciences is a gateway to the newest and most exciting careers in Europe – in areas such as psychology, tech, sports, and education.

Digital technologies are now driving changes in health, leading to the emergence of new careers. UL works with industry experts to identify these new areas and to provide specialised courses closely aligned to new trends.

These courses are a potential bridge to exciting future careers, especially in psychology and physical education, where specialisation is more important than ever. Education remains a lucrative and popular career choice for diverse areas of study, with the Irish government’s major reinvestment in the education sector to kick-start thousands more teaching careers.

Read below for all the tips you need to choose the right postgrad in Education and Health.

1. Choose a course which focuses on employability and accreditation

It’s important that a postgraduate degree in Health or Education increases employability and provides you with strong specialised skills and accreditation for your future.

An example of a specialist postgrad course is UL’s Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT): the only graduate-entry OT course in the country accredited by the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland and by CORU.

UL has a top record in terms of its graduate employment rate, with as many as 91 percent of former postgraduate students in employment or further study.

The learnings are broad, with graduates going on to work in a vast array of industries. Below are examples of the broad range of industry-accredited courses at UL:

  1. MSc in Speech and Language Therapy (accredited by CORU, Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists).
  2. MSc Psychological Science (Psychology Society Ireland).
  3. MSc Physiotherapy (CORU, and the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists).

2. Stay industry focused

A postgrad course that works with industry leaders and trains students for specific careers can be the ultimate bridge to employment. UL’s taught and research postgrad courses take a hands-on, industry-led approach to teaching.

The ‘School University Partnership’ is a collaboration between the University and the local participating schools, which gives students the chance to experience school-based teaching during their degree.

UL’s Health Research Institute is the first of its kind, with a strong partnership between University Hospital Limerick and UL. This system brings together researchers in UL and its partner institutions to investigate ‘Technology Enhanced Health Outcomes,’ ‘Lifestyle and Health,’ and ‘Health Service Delivery.’

3. Consider a postgraduate in Education

A career in Education is a popular choice for many considering a postgraduate. This trend is set to grow, as the 2018 Budget saw a big investment in Education – with over 2,200 teaching posts provided in September of that year.

The University of Limerick is at the helm of opportunity for future educators, as the largest provider of post-primary school teachers in the Irish state with one in 10 students at UL studying education.

4. Choose a campus with the best facilities and location

Education and Health Sciences students need state-of-the-art equipment for practical-learning environments – and UL is leading the way with innovative learning environments.

UL’s Health Science building provides dedicated research labs for niche areas of study – including a Midwifery Lab and an Occupational Therapy Lab to aid learning for home adjustment. The faculty also boasts a Cognition Lab for psychology students, while the School of Education offers dedicated micro-teaching labs for a hands-on teaching experience.

Close links to University Hospital Limerick is also a big benefit to postgrads. A UL Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) professor was the first surgeon in the country to carry out a procedure with the help of a robot – and 360-degree live streaming now forms part of medical education for students across all healthcare and medical disciplines. 

UL has been educating Ireland’s physical education teachers for nearly 50 years – and their expertise in health, nutrition and sports performance is complemented by the investment in state-of-the-art facilities for athletes. These include an Olympic swimming pool and the all-weather pitches: one for GAA, one for rugby, and two for soccer, and a new Sports Pavilion.

Former Olympian, Jessie Barr, is a PhD student in the PE and Sports Science Department, and she depends on these facilities every day.

“UL is Ireland’s sporting campus,” she says, “and the sports facilities cannot be matched anywhere. To be able to drive in to campus and have everything you need within the gates of UL; you don’t really get this anywhere else. The track is two minutes from my office as is the Sports Arena. I don’t have to drive for an hour to get to training so there is no time wasted in my busy schedule.”

If it’s good enough for an Olympian!

Find the perfect postgrad in Education and Health

With as many as one in five students at the University of Limerick coming from overseas, UL’s international reputation is growing. UL boasts exceptional facilities and the highest quality academic standards, all in the vibrant and affordable city of Limerick.

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