Guidance Counselling & Lifespan Development

University of Limerick

24 months
12842 EUR/year
5746 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The focus of the MA in Guidance Counselling & Lifespan Development at University of Limerick is to qualify practicing teachers and other professionals to become qualified guidance counsellors. The professional Guidance Counsellor brings to bear specific skills in counselling individuals in the areas of personal, social, educational and career development.


Program Details

The Guidance Counselling & Lifespan Development programme at University of Limerick is offered over two academic years on a part-time basis (mid-week evenings and weekends depending on location of delivery). 

 However, the programme requires a significant level of personal commitment from participants in terms of attendance, contribution, self-directed learning and their own time management.

This programme is recognised by the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. It is approved by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) for the purpose of appointment as a qualified Guidance Counsellor in the education sector. This qualification does not provide graduates with a recognised teaching qualification as required by the Teaching Council.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Counselling Theory and Practice 
  • Professional Practice in Guidance Counselling
  • Psychology of Human Development
  • Theory and Skills of Experiential Group Learning
  • Theory and Practice of Psychological Assessment
  • Advanced Research Methods in Guidance Counselling
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Vocational Development and Progression Across the Lifespan
  • Practicum: Educational Practice Placement

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)
  • English language qualifications (if English is not your first language) 
  • A copy of your birth certificate/passport
  • Please state your centre preference on the application form
  • An up-to-date CV in word format
  • A 500 word Personal Statement describing your interest and reason for applying for the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12842 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12842 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5746 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5746 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Year 2: EU/EEA: 5,582 eur; NON-EU/EEA: 12,471 eur


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Guidance Counselling & Lifespan Development
University of Limerick