Taught course

Life Course Studies

National University of Ireland Galway · School of Political Science and Sociology

Entry requirements

Participants will have a third-level qualification or a recognised professional qualification in a field related to Family Support service delivery. In addition, as the programme is not geared towards individuals coming out of undergraduate programmes, a minimum of three year's work experience in the health and social services area will be required of candidates. As there currently exists a set of practitioners working with children and families in community settings who despite a wealth of skill, have not attained a formal recognised undergraduate qualification, two places may be offered on the programme at the PDipA (Life Course Studies) level.

Months of entry


Course content

In recent times, there has been a shift towards a more pro-active stance in relation to overall wellbeing of populations across the life course. Issues in relation to rights, and efforts to develop, compensate for, enable and strengthen functioning across the life course. It includes an explicit recognition of the need to refocus interventions with the life course populations so that professionals and agencies become preventative rather than reactive, and holistic rather than compartmentalised.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Ms Carmel Devaney
+353 (0) 91 49 57 33