UCC Adult courses

Relationship Mentoring - HDip

Course Fact File
Duration2 years
Teaching ModePart-Time
NFQ LevelLevel 8
NFQ Award TitleMajor
Fees€3,200 per academic year UCC See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date18 September 2023
Next IntakeSeptember 2023


Start DateSeptember 2023

Course Outline

Adult relationship with self and others lies at the heart of effective family, social, educational and work systems. The core psycho-social unit in society is the family and research consistently shows that the emotions and social maturity of each parent is the main determinant of family well being. The course recognises parenting as a profession and the need for parents to be prepared for this complex and multi-task profession. This two year programme is also designed to enhance other adults’ professional effectiveness and organisational effectiveness by increasing the personal and interpersonal maturity of employees and those in leadership roles. Furthermore the programme is designed to train participants in one-to-one relationship mentoring and in the provision of courses on enhancing relationship for community groups and work organisations. Skills to qualitatively and quantitatively analyse individual and organisational interventions will be developed.

The course is substantially rooted in the theories and practices of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, sociological theories and experimental psychology.

The Modules for the Higher Diploma are as follows:

Year 1

  • AP5800: Development Theories and Early Relationships
  • AP5821: Young People's Challenging Behaviours
  • AP5822: Adults' Challenging Behaviours
  • AP5823: The Importance of Play
  • AP5824: The Teenage Years
  • AP5825: Parent Mentoring and Facilitation of Parenting Courses

Year 2

  • AP5801: The Contribution of Psychoanalysis to Adult Relationships
  • AP5803: Personal and Interpersonal Relationships - The Knowledge Base
  • AP5808: Relationships within Work Organisations
  • AP5809: Personal and Interpersonal Relationships - Professional training in Presentation and Facilitation Skills
  • AP5810: Evaluation of Relationships with different Social Contexts, Observational and Research Skills
  • AP5820: Professional Development Workshops

Course Queries

For Academic Queries and Course Content Queries please contact the Programme Coordinator Dr Tony Humphreys at tony@tonyhumphreys.ie

For Online Application Support please click here. 

If you require further assistance with your online application please contact the Programme Administrator Noreen Power at n.power@ucc.ie. 


Course Practicalities

This programme is delivered through a series of lectures and workshops.


UCC Campus


Course assessment is by continuous assessment and three written examinations.

Who Teaches this Course

  • Dr. Tony Humphreys
  • Ms. Margaret McCarthy
  • Mr. JJ O’ Riordan
  • Ms. Mary Briody
  • Ms. Bernadette Carroll
  • Ms. Loretta Noone (Dublin only)
  • Mr. Colman Noctor.


Applicants should normally hold the Certificate in Interpersonal Communication NFQ Level 7 or equivalent, for example, Foundation in Counselling, Degree in Psychology or Sociology and other allied disciplines.
Applicants will also be interviewed in order to assess suitability for participation in the programme.

Fees and Costs

€3,200 per academic year UCC
€3,450 per academic year Portlaoise (TBC)

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here.

How To Apply

To Apply for this course please follow the steps below:

When you log into the Application Portal:

Click Apply Online

Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application 

On the 2nd tab Academic Level 
Select the following options:
Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)
Course Type:  ACE Part-time Courses
Academic Programme: The course title you are applying for.

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]

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Year 1 Modules

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact