MSc Health Promotion Practice (Online)

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code N/A
  • Duration 2
  • Credits 90
  • NFQ Level 9

Course Summary

This programme will provide those working to deliver on the ambitions of the Healthy Ireland framework with the skills to plan and deliver multi-disciplinary health promotion projects with professional competence. The programme combines the development of expertise in Health Promotion, including skills in research, analysis and communication, with skills in the planning and execution of complex initiatives in this field. This programme can be taken either full-time or on a part-time (2 years) basis.

The programme includes taught online courses in three areas of specific relevance, namely:

  • Concepts and Competencies for Health Promotion
  • Health Project Planning and Design
  • Public Health Research

These modules will all support a practice-based research project, which will give the participant the opportunity to use a major work-based project as the focus for learning and reflection. In those students who are in employment this research based project  may support the achievement of the employer’s objectives.



Key Course Information

The programme is delivered online with 35 credits of taught modules and a 55 credit thesis. 

All lectures/workshops are recorded for those who may not be able to attend the lectures live. Therefore, if you have missed the live lecture/workshop, you can download the recorded version and listen to it in your own time. Other asynchronous learning (not live) will include discussion forums, case studies and reflective practice. 

An induction session will be held at the start of each academic year on site in IT Sligo. Attendance at this session is not compulsory. 

Students will be required to have regular contact with their allocated supervisor(s) for their research thesis. 

If you attend part-time over 2 years, semesterisation is as follows :

Semester 1

  • Concepts & Competencies for Health Promotion    
  • Health Project Management    

Semester 2

  • Quantitative Methods for Health Research    
  • Qualitative & Mixed Methods for Health Research    
  • Statistics and Data Analysis    

Semester 3

  • Heath Promotion Practice Thesis

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2021

Entry Requirements

Applications with a 2.2 Honours award in a relevant discipline may apply. 

Applicants who do not meet this entry criterion may be considered through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Advice, guidance and support for applicants can on be found at

As Healthy Ireland encourages all sectors of society to engage in promoting health we welcome graduates from a wide variety of backgrounds including but not limited to health science/ health promotion, sport and leisure, education, health and safety, social sciences and childcare. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be suitably qualified to work in a wide range of health and community settings. 

Graduated may pursue careers in research, advocacy and policy development including evidence.

Other opportunities include careers as health project managers, researchers and as wellness practitioners

Further Study

Graduates can apply to funded PhD within the Institute or other Institutes. 

Programme Fees


It is possible to pay via instalments.