Course information


Provider: South East Technological University

Address: Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science, School of Health Sciences, SETU, Cork Road, Waterford


Category C : Courses leading to a professional or academic qualification (NFQ level 6 and higher)

The Master of Arts in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being is an innovative practice orientated programme, the only one of its kind nationally. It is designed to enhance personal growth and development to advance knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies required for effective facilitation for promoting health and well-being with groups, individuals and key populations.


The MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being has a strong focus on personal development and the acquisition of facilitation skills to an advanced level both in practice and within a wider theoretical perspective. Experiential learning is the methodology used throughout the course which supports students to develop their skills through the medium of the group process [max 16], reflective practice, practical experience and research. A student who accumulates 60 credits in Semesters 1 and 2 and who does not wish to complete the MA may, at the discretion of the programme board, be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being.

Target Group

This programme is for all people whose core work involves communication with others; it is an invaluable asset to many professionals such as Community, Social and Youth Workers, Teachers, Health Professionals, those in positions of management and those working with marginalised groups. The programme provides an opportunity for individuals to acquire the knowledge and skill set to support them to deliver on the priorities identified in ‘Healthy Ireland’ which is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Ireland.

Entry Requirement
  • Applicants should hold a qualification at NFQ Level 8 Honours (2.2) degree or equivalent.
  • Applicants who do not hold the standard qualifying NFQ Level 8 Qualification criteria, but have relevant work experience and study may be considered for admission to the programme under the Institute’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process and subject to an interview.
  • Normally applicants are subject to a pre-entry interview in order to be considered for a place on the programme.
  • Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English. Please see our website for more details
Selection Procedure

Applications for this programme are made online by going to (code WD591). Course website

MA In Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being
As per course requirements
Waterford IT

This Masters was formerly known as the MA in Social Personal and Health Education and has been reconfigured.

Dates / Availability
January 2023 (18 months)
Blended delivery. Waterford and Dublin
Applications for this programme are made online Admissions queries contact Graduate Admissions T: +353 (0)51 302670 E:
€6,500. For information on fees please visit the website at Please note there is a nominal fee of approximately €115 for residential weekends paid directly to the venue for food and board. In the final semester there are one to one meetings which can be negotiated between the student and staff member.