Course Overview

Despite the widespread evidence-based knowledge that physical activity and healthy eating are good for your health, individuals are not getting any healthier.  This programme will provide professionals with the tools to complement their knowledge base and enable them to facilitate their clients to achieve their health goals.

Health coaching draws on a number of underpinning theories including Motivational Interviewing, the Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model and Appreciative Inquiry. The aim of health and wellness coaching is to help the individual to choose the behaviour they want to change and support them through goal setting and ongoing goal review and support.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

A core team of lecturers who have conducted PhD study in the field of coaching and health promotion. They are also RGNs and certified Health and Wellness Coaches.

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

An Undergraduate Degree with Second Class Honours or above.

In certain circumstances we will consider applications from candidates who do not meet the above requirements provided they have a professional qualification in a relevant subject area and/or have relevant coaching experience.

Additional Requirements


2-5 years to complete

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date
NFQ level

Level 9

Mode of study

Blended Learning. You will study independently from home, supported by weekly on-line lectures (3-5pm) and assignments. You will also attend workshops for selected modules.

ECTS weighting


Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health and Wellness Coaching


Course code

Course Outline

This programme will afford the student the opportunity to choose an individualised tailored study programme by choosing any of the following options:

  • Undertake the first three modules to receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Undertake the full six modules to receive the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Wellness Coaching

Year 1 Modules:

  • Fundamentals of the Coaching Relationship
  • Foundations of Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Coaching for Behaviour Change in Nutrition and Physical Activity

Year 2 Modules:

  • Advanced Nutrition in Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Coaching Strategies for Psychological Wellbeing
  • Advanced Theory and Practice of Health and Wellness Coaching

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The skills to coach people on their health behaviour as part of their current role or to develop a role as a health and wellness coach in private practice.

Who’s Suited to This Course

  • Healthcare Professionals 
  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • Health Promotion Practitioners
  • GPs
  • Practice Nurses
  • Dieticians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Pharmacists, Teachers,
  • Personal Trainers
  • Nutritionists
  • Health and Fitness Coaches
  • Sports Coaches
  • Community and Social Care Workers
  • Career Guidance Teachers
  • College Counsellors

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,200 (Postgraduate Diploma)

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Exit route for Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health and Wellness Coaching: €2,100

Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility


Find out More

Dawn McGuinn
Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies
T: +353(0)71 913 5675