MSc Health Promotion Practice (Online)

This programme will provide those working to deliver on the ambitions of the Healthy Ireland framework with the skills to plan and deliver multi-disciplinary health promotion projects with professional competence. The programme combines the development of expertise in Health Promotion, including skills in research, analysis and communication, with skills in the planning and execution of complex initiatives in this field. This programme can be taken either full-time or on a part-time (2 years) basis.

The programme includes taught online courses in three areas of specific relevance, namely:

  • Concepts and Competencies for Health Promotion
  • Health Project Planning and Design
  • Public Health Research

These modules will all support a practice-based research project, which will give the participant the opportunity to use a major work-based project as the focus for learning and reflection. In those students who are in employment this research based project  may support the achievement of the employer’s objectives.

This programme is available for recruitment in September 2019.


IT Sligo has established a Masters Scholarship Fund to support students applying for either:  Taught Level 9 courses that have a Major research component (a minimum of 60% of the programme credits), or; Research Masters programmes. The MSc in Public Health Nutrition Programme meets this criterion.

Prospective students may apply for the following forms of support:

  1. The full EU fee value of the programme for two years.
  2. Partial EU fee value relating to the programme for two years
  3. Continuation of such support for a further two years, in the case of Research Masters candidates who have successfully transferred to PhD

How to apply

When you apply for the programme our Admissions teams will send you further information and an Application Form.

Download Scholarship Application Form

Please complete this fully and return it to our Admissions team.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications to the Scholarship Fund is the 31st July 2019.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to make awards:

  • Applications must relate to the categories of programme listed 
  • Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the relevant programme
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they are not in receipt of other grant funding support for their studies
  • Applicants who can demonstrate financial imperatives will be prioritised
  • Applicants should demonstrate: in the case of taught programmes, that the qualification will benefit them personally, academically and professionally
  • Candidates outside the EU must contribute the difference between the award and the full fee liability


Up to 6 successful applicants will receive Scholarship offers before the start of the academic year. 

The decision of the selection panel is final.​


The programme is delivered online with 35 credits of taught modules and a 55 credit thesis. 

All lectures/workshops are recorded for those who may not be able to attend the lectures live. Therefore, if you have missed the live lecture/workshop, you can download the recorded version and listen to it in your own time. Other asynchronous learning (not live) will include discussion forums, case studies and reflective practice. 

An induction session will be held at the start of each academic year on site in IT Sligo. Attendance at this session is not compulsory. 

Students will be required to have regular contact with their allocated supervisor(s) for their research thesis. 

If you attend part-time over 2 years, semesterisation is as follows :

Semester 1

  • Concepts & Competencies for Health Promotion    
  • Health Project Management    

Semester 2

  • Quantitative Methods for Health Research    
  • Qualitative & Mixed Methods for Health Research    
  • Statistics and Data Analysis    

Semester 3

  • Heath Promotion Practice Thesis

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2020

Health & Nutritional Sciences Taught Masters Degree by Thesis

Entry Requirements

Applications with a 2.2 Honours award in a relevant discipline may apply. 

Applicants who do not meet this entry criterion may be considered through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Advice, guidance and support for applicants can on be found at

As Healthy Ireland encourages all sectors of society to engage in promoting health we welcome graduates from a wide variety of backgrounds including but not limited to health science/ health promotion, sport and leisure, education, health and safety, social sciences and childcare. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be suitably qualified to work in a wide range of health and community settings. 

Graduated may pursue careers in research, advocacy and policy development including evidence.

Other opportunities include careers as health project managers, researchers and as wellness practitioners

What are my further study opportunities?

Graduates can apply to funded PhD within the Institute or other Institutes. 

What subjects will I study?

Programme Fees


It is possible to pay via instalments. 

In 2019 there are some scholarships available, contact admissions for further information. 

Who do I contact?

The Admissions Office or Head of Department.