Taught course

Guidance Counselling and Lifespan Development

University of Limerick · Faculty of Education and Health Sciences

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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

Applicants are requested to supply, in addition to the specified documents, two seperately attached documents on MS word: (1) An up-to-date CV and (2) a 500 word Personal Statement describing their interest and reason for applying for the programme.)

This programme is approved by Department of Education and Skills (DES) for the purpose of appointment as a qualified Guidance Counsellor in the post primary and further education sector.

Master of Arts (MA) in Guidance Counselling and Lifespan Development (Level 9, 90 ECTS credits)


The focus of the MA 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. In order to fulfil their roles as Guidance Counsellors effectively, participants on the programme will be educated in a broad range of knowledge, skills and competencies within the context of a lifelong learning framework. The strong focus on personal development on the programme strives to promote self-understanding and insight for a deeper appreciation of the counselling process. Consequently, participants are required to avail of external supervision provided by an accredited counsellor, psychologist or psychotherapist in each academic year. Details of which will be explained to participants on the programme.

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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

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