MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Health and Well Being (Level 9 - 90 ECTS)

Delivered in Dublin by Waterford Institute of Technology

Waterford Institute of Technology

The Master of Arts in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Health and Well Being is an innovative practice orientated programme, the only accredited level 9 programme 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 skills acquired on this programme are essential when engaging with individuals or working with groups.


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.


The MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills for 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.


The programme is delivered over three semesters. Semester 1 September - December 2021, Semester 2 January to May 2022, Semester 3 September – December 2022.
Typically the semesters involves a two-day block (Friday-Saturday) per month with online learning activities in between. These two day blocks takes place in Dublin City Centre. There are three residential weekends (Friday – Sunday) that take place in Tullow Co Carlow.
There is less group contact near the end of the programme as students have one to one meetings which can be negotiated between the student and staff member.
Fees are €6,500 (subject to change)
Please note there is a nominal fee of approximately €115 for residential weekends paid directly to the venue for food and board.


To find out more about this please contact the Course Leaders Mairead Barry on or Paula Carroll at or visit our website

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
24th Jun, 2021
Expiry Date
24th Aug, 2021