Award Type and NFQ level : POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHA55

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2021

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Adult Guidance Counselling) is designed to serve as a training course for people working with adults in a guidance/counselling setting, providing information, advice and placement services. The course aims to work towards the development of an understanding of core concepts and ideas concerning sociology, marginalisation, exclusion and adult career development. 

This course is also offered at Diploma Level for candidates who have appropriate experience and who do not have an initial degree. Please go to and click on Code MHA57 to make application. When applying for MHA57 through please ensure that you select the undergraduate button before making application for this course. For further details please go to:


Primary Degree, professional diploma or equivalent with a minimum of three years experience working with adults in a developmental setting. All applicants must be seeing clients in a guidance context on a regular basis. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Certain programmes may have additional requirements.
Minimum English language requirements:
  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
  • PTE (Pearson): 62
National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

The Postgraduate Diploma extends over two academic years and is delivered Part-time in an open learning format, incorporating e-learning materials and workshops. (Computer access is vital). Participants will be expected to be in a position to attend on average one workshop per month.

Course Duration: 2 Years Part-Time

Since its inception in 1997 this two-year course has played a key role in the professionalisation of adult guidance in Ireland. Graduates from this programme are eligible for membership of the Institute Guidance Counsellors.

Online application only

PAC Code
MHA55 PGrad Dip Arts (Adult Guidance Counselling)
MHA57 Dip Arts (Adult Guidance Counselling) is offered at undergraduate level to people who have significant experience working in the field of adult guidance and must be seeing clients on a regular basis - for further details please email or call Maggie Noone at 01- 7083752

For both courses please ensure you complete the supplementary questionnaire on PAC.

The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:


Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

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