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Why do a Postgrad in Education & Health Sciences at UL?

The world of health and education has been transformed by new technologies and innovative approaches to training. Digital technologies are driving changes in health, and postgraduates can choose to specialise in exciting new areas.

Courses in UL's Faculty of Education & Health Sciences combine an interesting range of topics – including psychology, teaching, sport, allied health and medicine – with a strong vocational focus on industry trends.

Links to local businesses and state-of-the-art facilities give students real-world learning experience, including school-based teaching with the ‘School University Partnership’ and UL’s close partnership with University Hospital Limerick. Faculty facilities include a Midwifery lab, an Occupational Therapy lab and a Cognition lab for psychology students.

A postgrad at UL will help future professionals develop their own Unique Language, to enable them to follow a specialist career in the field of health or education. 

Download your essential guide to a postgraduate in Education & Health Sciences here - including expert advice, courses, and careers.

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Course Title
Duration

Advanced Clinical Practice (Postgraduate Certificate)

1 Semester Full-Time Or 2 Semesters Part-Time

Clinical Therapies at the University of Limerick offers a suite of Postgraduate Certificates for qualified healthcare professionals. The programmes are designed to expand existing professional knowledge and to produce high quality evidence based practitioners who are better positioned to develop their individual disciplines as well as the wider health agenda.

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Advanced Healthcare Practice MSc

1 to 3 years

This taught Masters programmes is designed to extend and enhance allied health professionals clinical and academic capability by providing core and elective modules that are relevant to their practice.  The programme can be taken part-time or full-time.  The various modules are delivered using a mix of classroom based, distance learning supported by e-learning systems and individual tutorials and mentorship.

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Applied Sports Coaching MSc

2 Years Part- Time

This innovative part-time two-year postgraduate programme will give experienced coaches the opportunity to enhance their practice through engagement with practitioner leaders and pioneering researchers in the field of sport coaching.

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Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme

3 Years Full-Time

This is a full time three year professional course, leading to a Doctoral qualification in clinical psychology. Graduates are qualified to work as Clinical Psychologists. There are four key strands around which course delivery is organised: (1) Academic Competence; (2) Clinical Competence; (3) Research Competence; (4) Personal Development. Programme delivery is through active learning workshops based on adult learning principles including experiential learning, skills practice and reflective practice.

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Education, Masters

2 Years Part-Time

The Masters of Education programme is designed to develop students’ professional autonomy as both learners and practitioners with a strong focus on inquiry learning and the integration of theory, practice and research. Core taught modules will introduce the student to the, contemporary issues in education, postgraduate academic community and support the student in conducting high quality, ethical research. All students will share four core modules and develop a specialism through a thesis and two associated elective strand modules. An original research thesis must be completed as part of the programme.

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Guidance Counselling & Lifespan Development MA

2 Years Part-Time

The MA provides a professional qualification in guidance counselling.  It provides training in the required knowledge, skills and competencies in the areas of personal, social, educational and career guidance across the lifespan.  This programme is approved by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) for the purpose of appointment as a Guidance Counsellor in post-primary, further and adult education.

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MSc in Health Professions Education (GEMS)

The Graduate Entry Medical School with the support of colleagues in the Schools of Allied Health, Education and Department of Nursing & Midwifery have developed a Masters in Health Professions Education which is designed to meet the educator training needs of busy health professionals both locally and internationally.

The programme will be offered in two formats to meet the needs of busy healthcare professionals.  

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Human Nutrition and Dietetics, MSc

2 Years Full-Time

The MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics programme offered at the University of Limerick (UL) is a Graduate Entry Masters of Science programme delivered over two years full-time. This innovative evidence-based interfaculty programme is an opportunity for honours graduates to pursue studies that will lead to them becoming competent nutritionists and dietitians working across a diverse range of environments to include the clinical, community and public health settings, hospital and private practices, food service management and food industry.

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Integrative Psychotherapy MA

2/4 Years Part-Time

UL has a strong national profile in psychotherapy training, with particular strengths in Existential, Gestalt, Psychodynamic and person-centered therapies and reflective practice. Our graduates are accredited by various professional bodies and work in diverse settings. We invite applicants for entry to either: a 4-year part-time Graduate Diploma/Masters or a 2-year part-time MA in Integrative Psychotherapy (for accredited psychotherapists only).

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Medicine (Graduate Entry)

4 Years Full-Time

The graduate entry medical programme at the University of Limerick is a four year programme and will produce doctors who are competent, confident and caring; who understand the scientific basis of medicine; who recognise the social and environmental context in which health and illness exist and in which medicine is practised; and who have skills for and commitment to service, teamwork, scientific enquiry, self-fulfilment and life-long learning.

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Music MEd

1 Year Full-Time

The one year programme is designed specifically for practising secondary school music teachers who wish to continue their professional development.  The design of this full-time programme takes into account the school calendar.  Lectures/tutorials are undertaken outside of school time at summer schools and at school mid-term breaks.

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Nursing (Dementia Care) MSc

2 Years Full-Time

This programme is designed to respond to the need for increased awareness, understanding and enhancement of services to foster an enriched model of living for persons with dementia. Concepts of quality, person centred care, safety and evidence based practice are central to the philosophy, design and overall delivery of the programme.

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Nursing (Palliative Care) MSc

2 Years Full-Time

The overall aim of the MSc Nursing (Palliative Care) programme is to provide registered nurses involved in the care of patients with a life-limiting illness the opportunity to develop their previously acquired professional education and clinical practice skills. The programme focuses on the care and support of patients with palliative needs and their families.

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Nursing (Perioperative Care) MSc

2 Years Full-Time

The overall aim of the MSc Nursing(Perioperative Care) programme is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to develop and enhance specialist level knowledge and skills in the area of perioperative nursing care. A key goal of this programme is to prepare nurses for the challenges of leading and delivering specialist/ advanced level perioperative care.

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Nursing (Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Care) MSc

2 Years Full-Time

The overall aim of the MSc Nursing (Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Care) is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills to implement evidence-based psychosocial interventions across a range of mental health settings

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Nursing (Respiratory Care) Msc

2 Years Full-Time

A key goal of this programme is to prepare practitioners for the challenges of leading and delivering specialist/ advanced level respiratory care across a variety of settings. To achieve this goal, programme content focuses on providing practitioners with the theoretical underpinnings, clinical exposure and competence for the development of knowledge and skills in areas of assessment and therapeutic interventions for persons with a respiratory condition. 

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Nursing MSc

2 Years Full-Time

The overall aim of the MSc in Nursing/Midwifery is to provide registered nurses/midwives with the opportunity to develop and enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to care for patients/clients to the highest professional standards across the health care continuum. The modules offered are grounded in a body of evidence-based knowledge that promotes excellence in nursing/midwifery practice.

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Nursing Studies MSc

1 Year Full-Time

The MSc Nursing Studies programme prepares and advances students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to become confident, critical, analytical and research aware graduates. The programme provides opportunities to explore research as evidence for enhancing and changing practice and aims to advance the student's aptitudes in becoming confident, analytical and research aware. 

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MSc Nursing (Rehabilitation Of The Older Person) (FT)

Full Time

The overall aim of the Masters in Nursing (Rehabilitation of the Older Person) programme is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to develop and enhance nursing knowledge and skills in this area of practice.

The programme is designed to facilitate learning in assessment and therapeutic nursing interventions for the older person within the context of a rehabilitation nursing philosophy.

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Occupational Therapy (Professional Qualification) MSc

2 Years Full-Time

This innovative programme is an opportunity for honours graduates to pursue studies leading to a professional qualification in Occupational Therapy. The two-year, full-time course is a timely and appropriate route for graduates, as it builds on their educational and work experiences to date. The programme is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and accredited by the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland.

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Perinatal Mental Health, MSc

2 Years Full-Time

The overall aim of the Master of Perinatal Mental Health programme is to support health care professionals to work more effectively with parents and their families experiencing perinatal mental health issues. A key goal of this programme is to prepare practitioners for the challenges of leading and delivering quality of perinatal mental health care. To achieve this goal the programme content focusses on providing practitioners with the theoretical underpinnings for the development of knowledge and skills in areas of assessment, screening and therapeutic interventions for persons with perinatal mental health issues.

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Physiotherapy (Professional Qualification) MSc

2 years Full-Time

Building on the success of the existing professional qualification programmes (BSc in Physiotherapy, MSc in Occupational Therapy and MSc in Speech and Language Therapy), from August 2015 the Department of Clinical Therapies will offer a two-year Masters (Professional Qualification) in Physiotherapy.  Graduates* will be licensed to practice in Ireland and eligible for registration in other parts of the world. Graduates will be able to work in a diverse range of environments including schools, hospitals and community settings

*programmes subject to accreditation by professional (ISCP) and statutory (CORU) bodies. 

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Professional Masters of Education

2 Years Full- Time
The Professional Master of Education is a two-year full-time initial teacher education programme designed to qualify post-primary teachers in the following disciplines:
  • Business (Accounting, Business, Economics)
  • Languages (French, German, Irish, Japanese, Spanish, English as a second language (ESL can only be taken when studying a MFL)
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science (Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Technological Education (Engineering, Technology, Construction Studies, Design and Communication Graphics)
 Students who meet Teaching Council requirements, may decide to specialise in one or two disciplines as listed above. 
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Psychology MA

1 Year Full-Time

The Master of Art in Psychology (MA Psychology) is a full-time 1-year conversion course that integrates existing undergraduate modules and postgraduate modules. The course, accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), has been designed for students with prior experiences in psychology comparable to 1 year of study (10 modules; 60 ECTS).

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Psychological Science MSc

1 Year Full Time

On successful completion of this programme, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Describe advanced research methods and a variety of psychological theories and paradigms, and identify the applicability of psychological methods and theories to personal and social issues.

  • Demonstrate reflective and critical thinking regarding psychological research and its applications and recognise the significance of psychological theories and psychological research methods for personal and social issues in everyday life.

  • Develop and apply learning practices for independent studies, such as to identify where and how to locate and access information relevant to the study and research, to interrogate new information, to break tasks into manageable parts, to focus on task-related goals and to provide and receive feedback on learning experiences and progress.

  • Display communication and presentation skills, that is, writing skills, oral presentation skills, and interviewing skills.

  • Demonstrate interpersonal competencies and professional sensitivity in accordance with the role of psychologists in society, and develop mature and ethical attitudes that help to understand and address social and psychological issues.

  • Apply psychological theories and methods to personal and social issues by considering the utility and feasibility of such applications.

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Teaching, Learning & Scholarship, Graduate Diploma

1 Year Part- Time

This programme will provide high-level, scholarly, practice-based professional development for faculty to ensure competence in the areas of teaching, learning and scholarship within their professional contexts.

It will equip them with a range of skills, competencies, insights and capacities, which will ensure that they will bring the highest quality teaching and learning experiences to the students that they teach, while also managing and progressing their own scholarly careers.

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Speech and Language Therapy (Professional Qualification) MSc

2 Years Full-Time

The MSc in Speech and Language Therapy (Professional Qualification) is offered over two years full-time as a route to qualification for professional practice for applicants who have already attained a degree. The programme has approval from the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists.

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Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology (MSc)

1 Year Full-Time

This MSc programme is dedicated to providing a thorough grounding in the knowledge and application of psychological principles to sport, exercise and performance settings in order to enhance wellbeing and performance. There is a demand for training in this field for those whose ambition is to work in high performance sport settings.  In Ireland and the UK, many of those trained in sport psychology have undertaken roles as performance directors, professional sport coaches and sport management.

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Sports Performance MSc

1 Year Full Time Or 2 Years Part-Time

This is a full-time one-year or part-time two-year postgraduate programme. The programme will prepare successful graduates for a career in sports performance analysis, specialising in strength & conditioning, video analysis and nutrition. The course will increase understanding of the processes of advanced practice in sport performance analysis, by appreciating and challenging the current practice and designing innovative alternatives.

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School Leadership Masters

1 Year Part-Time

The Masters of Education (School Leadership) is specifically designed for those who have completed the level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership, accredited by the University of Limerick.

The programme facilitates those who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership to capitalize on their current expertise and to develop an advanced and integrated understanding of school leadership at Master’s level.

The Master’s in School Leadership will comprise a one-year programme. Delivery will be predominantly online to facilitate distance learning. 

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