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Masters in Science in Community Health

Key Facts

Course Code Fulltime: DPTNM-CHEA-1F09

Course Code Parttime: DPTNM-CHEA-1P09

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Next Intake: September annually

Closing date for applications: 30th June

Location: 24 D’Olier Street and the Institute of Population Health, Tallaght, Dublin

Fees: Further information on course fees can be found at Academic Registry.


This inter-professional Masters course in Community Health is designed for individuals from a wide range of health and social care professions. These include:

  • EU and non-EU graduates including Community healthcare professionals and primary care practitioners, which includes the general practitioner (GP), practice nurse, public health nurse, dietician, dentist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, podiatrist, community pharmacist, psychologist and others including those from social care, mental health and intellectual disabilities
  • This course aims to enable students from across a broad spectrum of professional backgrounds listed above to gain a grounded understanding of the core principles of public health and their application to the practice of community healthcare, and to increase graduates’ employability in community health practice.

Structure & Delivery

Year one commences with a full week in September and thereafter one day per week for the remainder of the academic year for part-time students and some additional days per week for full-time students.

Attendance at workshops throughout the academic year. A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content which includes lectures, seminars, group discussions and self-directed learning. Assessments are one written examination, written assignments, group presentations applied to students’ area of community practice and discipline

Course Content

Year One Mandatory

Plus one elective module from the following options, (subject to sufficient student numbers)

Year Two

Entry Requirement

Applicants to the course must fulfil the entry criteria listed below

  • will be required to hold a minimum 2.1 grade (second class honours) in a relevant primary degree in the applicant’s field of practice.
  • where applicable, must hold current registration with the relevant professions’ regulatory body
  • those whose first language is not English will need a recognised English language qualification in line with the requirements as specified in the Postgraduate Calendar Part 3 Section 1.5 Language of Instruction.

Applicants without a primary degree, in exceptional circumstances when they are in a position to satisfy the Admissions Sub-committee that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course, may be recommended for entry to the course following a thorough review of their individual qualifications and experience by the Admissions Sub-committee. Admission of such applicants will be subject to a special submission by the Admissions Sub-committee for consideration by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Documentation required to complete application

  • 2 Academic references
  • Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
  • Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses
  • Where applicable, a letter of support from your Director of Nursing

Flexibility in Progression from P.Grad.Cert. and P.Grad.Dip. to M.Sc.

Upon successful completion of six modules, each of 10 ECTS credits, totalling 60 ECTS credits; students may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (P.Grad.Dip.) or may progress further on the Master (M.Sc.) programme.

Students who are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma may progress to undertake a M.Sc. within five years of first entering the programme.


All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:


Minimum Level Required

IELTS Grade 6.5
TOEFL 230 computer-based 570 paper-based 88 internet-based
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C
Pearson Test of English PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59)

Please note that test scores are only valid for two years.

For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.