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Guidance Counselling & Lifespan Development, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Limerick, Ireland
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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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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

    12469 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12469 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5580 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5580 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Limerick

  • 850 - 1150 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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