Taught course

Guidance Counselling and Lifespan Development

University of Limerick · Faculty of Education and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates for this initial qualification in guidance counselling shall be required to possess either of the following: * A Degree in Education at 2h2 (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or above from a concurrent undergraduate programme, or a Higher Diploma/Masters in Education, or an approved equivalent professional teaching qualification or * An Honours Degree at 2h2 (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or above in a cognate discipline such as psychology, social and community work, human resources and health sciences. Consideration will also be given to candidates in line with UL's Policy for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, they must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of UL.

Months of entry


Course content

The curriculum is underpinned by an andragogical approach that aims to develop graduates who are knowledgeable, self-directed, articulate, collaborative, reflective and ethically aware of professional standards in guidance counselling.

Year 1 Year 2 Semester 1 Modules: Counselling Theory and Practice 1, Professional Practice in Guidance Counselling Semester 1 Modules: Counselling Theory and Practice 2, Contemporary Perspectives on Vocational Development and Progression across the Lifespan, Practicum Semester 2 Modules: Psychology of Human Development, Theory and Skills of Experiential Group Learning Semester 2 Modules: Guidance in Adult & Continuing Education, Practicum 2: Educational Practice Placement, Dissertation 1 Summer Semester Modules: Theory and Practice of Psychological Assessment, Advanced Research Methods in Guidance Counselling Summer Semester Module: Dissertation 2

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the Universities English Language Requirements. Please visit http://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/non-european-applicants for the list of requirements

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    The design of the course and the syllabus content was strongly influenced by the guidelines which were issued by the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. The course reflects these requirements and the importance of the counselling dimension of guidance counselling is accorded primacy within the course.

Course contact details

Lucy Hearne