UCC Adult courses

Mindfulness Based Wellbeing - MSc

About This Course

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Course Outline

This MSc in Mindfulness Based Wellbeing trains student to teach mindfulness in schools, the workplace and in everyday life. Mindfulness can assist with developing greater resilience, stress reduction and self-regulation while at the same time developing greater self-awareness and better engagement with people, teams, challenges and opportunities.

Year one of this programme explores the foundations of mindfulness and examines the eastern philosophy of mindfulness and how it engages with western psychology. It explores the central themes incorporated in Mindfulness Based interventions and develops an appreciation for their inclusion. The attitudes of mindfulness are explored while the student is challenged to reflect on and contextualise the role of mindfulness practice in everyday settings and particularly in their own life and in their own personal mindfulness practice. Part one offers the student the opportunity to choose between receiving training on the teaching of mindfulness in school settings or in Organisational / workplace settings.

Year two of the programme explores the role of self-compassion in mindfulness while also exploring Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT). It examines the role of mindfulness in the therapeutic setting and in the building and maintaining of productive relationships. Finally the student is trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT / MBSR)


Course Details


AP6811 Foundations of Mindfulness (10 Credits)

AP6812 Mindfulness Teaching and Personal Practice (15 Credits)

And either:                            

AP6813  Teaching Mindfulness in Schools (20 credits)


AP6814 Teaching Mindfulness in the Workplace (20 credits)



AP6815 Mindfulness Based Interventions and Relationships (15 Credits)



AP6816 Research dissertation on the Teaching of MBCT / MBSR (30 Credits)


Course Practicalities

Lectures are delivered over weekends / evening classes / day workshops. There is continuous assessment in the form of assignments and mindfulness logs. Garda vetting will be completed.


Why Choose This Course

This programmes trains the student to teach mindfulness in schools or in the workplace and to deliver Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy programmes (MBSR / MBCT). The Post Graduate Certificate will equip the student to teach mindfulness in schools or in workplace settings in year one while in year two the Post-graduate Diploma further deepens knowledge and practice. Completion of the MSc trains students to teach the full MBSR or MBCT programmes. This MSc brings together a team of lectures with extensive experience in the delivery of mindfulness training in diverse settings and to a wide range of audiences. The fostering of wellbeing in schools is now a central value in educational settings. The workplace too is increasingly conscious of the duty of care which it has for all of its employees. Having a mindfulness trainer as part of a staff offers a cost effective way of providing wellbeing support to employees in the workplace or to students in schools. Classes are delivered at evenings, over weekends, one day workshops and during a residential training retreat. Students on this programme not only develop a strong personal practice but also learn to teach mindfulness and to facilitate mindfulness groups. Students should have access to a group with whom they can deliver mindfulness training as part of their preparation in year one and two.


Skills and Careers Information

On completion of this MSc programme the student will have learned the skills required to deliver mindfulness training in a diverse range of settings. This training prepares the student to engage with wellbeing within their current place of work or to deliver training in Mindfulness Based Interventions including in wellbeing to other audiences.


Applicants should:

  • Normally hold a level eight honours degree or equivalent qualification within a relevant field such as health care, education, social care, family care or workplace development. Applicants whose primary degree is not within these disciplines may still apply if they have at least five years of relevant professional experience within within a relevant field such as health care, education, social care, family care or workplace development.All applicants must also:
  • Have completed a teacher-led 8-week mindfulness course (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)
  • Have a regular meditation practice of mindfulness meditation, preferably as taught in MBSR and MBCT.

An interview forms an important element in assessing a candidate’s suitability for the programme, final decision on the inclusion of a candidate onto the programme will be determined by this process.

Fees and Costs

Total MSc: 9,500 Euro.

Year 1:  5,200 Euro. Year 2: Part One 1,000 Euro  Part 2:  3,300 Euro

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

How Do I Apply

Ace's Temporary Pivot Towards Blended Online Learning For Academic Year 2020/2021

Given the current context of Covid-19 and the prevailing public health guidelines, there will be a blended online approach for ACE programmes for the 2020/21 academic year. This will mean that for semester 1 all teaching will generally be delivered online. We will endeavour to provide more classroom-based teaching in semester 2, however this is dependent on the progression of the virus and public health advice in this very fluid situation. 

Our approach will involve (as much as possible) the replication of the classroom environment in an online environment:

  • Classes will be held in accordance with standard programme timetables;
  • Synchronous/live delivery of lectures online will be prioritised as much as possible;
  • The use of recordings in place of live lectures will be limited;
  • Opportunities for student engagement and interactivity (through online breakout rooms, discussion boards, live Q&A, etc.) will be the norm across all programmes.

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
  • Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
  • We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

Should you have any queries on this, please contact Programme Coordinator Pat O Leary at p.oleary@ucc.ie 

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

  • Application Statement
  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • Transcripts [if applicable]

NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically.  If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.


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Year 1 Modules

  • AP6811: Foundations of Mindfulness (10 credits)
    Attitudes of mindfulness, attention and noticing, setting intentions, formal and informal mindfulness meditation, history and development of mindfulness; philosophy of Buddhims; introduction to Teaching Assessment Criteria (TAC) when practicing meditation.
  • AP6812: Teaching Mindfulness and Personal Practice (15 credits)
    Formal practices of mindfulness, informal practices of mindfulness, self enquiry, awareness of experiences, responding to experiences, implications for teaching MBSR / MBCT.
  • AP6813: Teaching Mindfulness in Schools (20 credits)
    Learning theories. Central themes in teaching mindfulness in school settings. The role of mindfulness in education. The mindfulness school. Integrating mindfulness into the classroom.
  • AP6814: Teaching Mindfulness in the Workplace (20 credits)
    Learning theories. Identifying central themes in teaching mindfulness. Teaching mindfulness in workplace settings to address every day stress and build resilience and self regulation. Mindfulness in leadership.

Year 2 Modules

  • AP6815: Mindfulness Based Interventions and Relationships (15 credits)
    The use of acceptance and commitment training in mindfulness practice. The use of compassion in mindfulness based interventions. Mindfulness and wellbeing. Mindfulness in relationships.
  • AP6816: Research Dissertation on the Teaching of MBCT / MBSR (30 credits)
    Developing the skills of a mindfulness based teacher in teaching, evaluating, and researching MBSR / MBCT, Teaching Assessment Criteria.

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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