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Leadership in Workplace Health and Wellbeing – MA

  • Campus: Moylish, Limerick City

  • years: 1

Course Overview

This innovative programme is designed to enable leaders across all sectors to integrate health and wellbeing into their working environments. Once considered ‘nice-to-have’, a strategic focus on the health and wellbeing of all employees, including owners and managers, is now a must-have to attract and retain talent, providing an excellent return on investment for your company. Many organisations are going through a period of unprecedented change, and specialists in workplace health and wellbeing will be critical in successfully managing that culture shift.

This unique programme will be an attractive option for graduates entering the job market and wishing to enhance their employment prospects with a highly sought-after master’s qualification. It is also an excellent CPD opportunity for those working in HRM and OSH, management, recruitment and onboarding, as well as educators, health professionals, legal professionals, technologists, career coaches, business mentors, corporate wellbeing consultants, or indeed anybody with a passion for health and wellbeing.

Students will attend classes in our Moylish campus in semesters one (September to December) and two (January to May). Lectures and tutorials are normally condensed into two full days on-campus. This flexible structure allows our learners to balance study, work and home life. All lectures and tutorials are delivered by knowledgeable and enthusiastic lecturers who understand these competing life demands. There are no final exams, and instead continuous assessments are carried out during the term.

In the final semester (June to August), students undertake a piece of independent research on a topic of their choice. Preparation for this piece of independant research begins in Semester 1 and continues through Semester 2, with the final submission taking place in Semester 3. Previous students have looked at topics such as stress & burnout, menopause, healthy eating, neurodiversity, psychological safety, pelvic floor health, sleep, financial wellbeing, and physical activity in the workplace.

Contact Details

Business and Humanities

Faculty Office


What are the entry requirements?

(a) A minimum honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a related discipline.


(b) A minimum honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in any discipline with minimum two years, relevant work experience and/or ability, evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning


(c) A minimum ordinary bachelor degree (Level 7) in any discipline with a minimum of 3 years relevant work experience and/or ability, evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning


(d) Equivalent Qualifications. Applicants with equivalent qualifications on the European and International frameworks will also be considered. International students must evidence a proficiency in English language for example IELTS 6.0

An interview may form part of the selection process.

Course Modules

  • Foundations in Workplace Wellbeing

    Credits: 10

    The aim of this module is to provide the student with a foundational understanding of the principles and concepts that underpin workplace wellbeing.

  • Introduction to Health and Wellbeing Promotion

    Credits: 10

    This module will serve as an introduction to the evidence based, principles and practice that underpin health and wellbeing promotion in workplace and community settings.

  • Qualitative Methods in Research

    Credits: 5

    This Qualitative Research Methods module aims to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to understand, design and conduct high quality qualitative research. The student will gain a clear understanding of the principles of qualitative research as well as practising skills including interviewing, running a focus group, data analysis and developing and presenting a research protocol.

  • Strategic Planning for Health & Wellbeing

    Credits: 5

    This module provides learners with the principles of strategic planning and the enables them to implement practices in their workplace through development of work based strategic plan.

  • Applied Workplace Wellbeing

    Credits: 10

    The aim of this module is for the student to bridge the gap between the theory of workplace wellbeing and practically apply it

  • Leading Change in the Workplace

    Credits: 10

    The module focuses on the knowledge and skills required for effective leadership in Health and Wellbeing in an organisational setting and in addition focuses on the changing context in which organisations operate. The module examines the current models and approaches to leadership, organisational change and individual behavioural change which inform our understanding of best practice in leading and managing Health and wellbeing initiatives.

  • Managing Health and Wellbeing Projects

    Credits: 5

    This module provides learners with the principles of project management and the enables them to implement projects in their workplace through development of work based project.

  • Quantitative Methods & Practice

    Credits: 5

    The aim of this module is to provide learners with the necessary skills to further develop their research skills. It aims to develop their knowledge and understanding of quantitative research approaches and gain the skills required for developing and presenting a research proposal.

  • Dissertation Health & Wellbeing

    Credits: 30

    This module encapsulates knowledge and experiences from other modules delivered throughout the programme. The aim of the module is to encourage learners to develop an integrative approach to learning and critical thinking as they bring together a range of concepts, theories, frameworks and practices within a research setting. The module focuses on the preparation of a large-scale research proposal; analysis and synthesis of extant literature at the forefront of the candidates research interest; application of the findings from literature review to the design; testing and execution of an in-depth; primary research study; interpretation and reporting of findings, and the application of both secondary and primary findings to the preparation of clear, well justified conclusions which address the original aims and objectives of the research.

What can you do after this programme?

  • Graduates will be highly qualified to fulfil roles in the modern workplace, such as Workplace Health Coordinator, Wellbeing Champion, Health Promotion Manager, and Culture Change Manager.
  • Occupational Health & Safety professionals can expand their skills and knowledge base beyond the traditional OSH remit, to place greater emphasis on promotion of wellbeing and health.
  • Graduates can set up their own health promotion consultancy business, providing corporate wellness coaching service in areas such as sleep; stress management, work-life balance and burnout prevention; menopause & menstruality in the workplace; financial wellbeing; health behaviour change; dietary advisor; weight loss; and fitness commitment counselling. Some of these posts may require further qualifications.
  • Graduates will also be able to offer these services in settings outside the workplace, including in schools and universities, community and voluntary organisations, and online.
  • HR Managers, medical staff, safety managers etc may wish to remain in their current position but with a broadened knowledge base.
  • Employees with a master’s level qualifications can progress in their career and move to higher-level managerial positions.

Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates have the opportunity to complete Level 9/10 programmes here at TUS or elsewhere.