UCC Adult courses

Mindfulness Based Practice and Research - PG Dip

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Mindfulness Based Practice and Research

  • Code


  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    Two years, exit award of PG Cert at the end of year one

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    PG Dip

  • NFQ Level

    Level 9

  • NFQ Award Title


  • Fees

    €2,100 Year 1: €3,100 Year 2 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    21st September 2020

  • Next Intake


  • Venue


  • Start Date

    September 2020

Course Outline

This Post Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness Based Practice and Research is run over two years. Year one accompanies the student to develop a committed mindfulness practice within their own lives while year two offers the student the opportunity to research Mindfulness at a deeper level. The programme includes an eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course which incorporates elements of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. It examines both the eastern philosophy and the western psychology of mindfulness and supports the student by enhancing their reflective skills through enquiry and heightened awareness. The programmes explores the use of mindfulness in settings such as healthcare, education, social care, the workplace, family and relationships. Students who complete year one of the programme may exit the programme and graduate with a PG Certificate in Mindfulness Based Practice while those who complete year two will graduate with a PG Diploma in Mindfulness Based Practice and Research.

Course Practicalities

In year one, the Post Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness Based Practice, the student completes a total of 30 credits. The programme also require a committed personal practice of formal and informal mindfulness outside of lecture times.

In year two, the Post Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness based Practice and Research the student completes a total of thirty credits.


The Post Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness based Practice and Research will use academic style assignments along with reflective assignments which allow the student to engage with both research and personal practice and encourages the student to draw on research to inform their practice. There is also a classroom presentation which the student gives of their learning in the programme. The PG Diploma requires a minor research to be completed and allows for a deeper engagement with research and theory.

Who Teaches this Course

Staff of ACE and of the School of Psychology UCC

UCC  - Thursday evenings and Occasional Friday and Saturdays.

Why Choose This Course

There are many programmes throughout the country that offer an eight week course in mindfulness however this is the first programme of its kind in Ireland that offers the student a sustained support over one year in learning and embedding their mindfulness practice into daily life. Through the programme the student learns how mindfulness can be brought into healthcare, education, social care, the workplace, family and relationships. Research in these settings demonstrate that training in mindfulness can lead to a significant reduction of stress levels, an increase in levels of emotional intelligence, increased levels of interpersonal effectiveness, lower rates of health related absenteeism, increased self awareness, better communication skills, increased concentration and attention span, a greater capacity to hold information, lower levels of psychological distress and anxiety along with higher levels of well-being, resilience and overall life and work satisfaction.

This programme critical examines the empirical research undertaken in these areas and evaluates the implications for contemporary society. It provides the student the opportunity to establish a committed mindfulness practice and to deepen their understanding of Mindfulness Based Interventions.

Graduates from this course can integrate their new skills and knowledge into their current place of work. This programme is designed to allow the student to experience the impact a committed mindfulness practice can make within the areas of education, health care, social care, the work place, family and relationships.

Graduates from this course can integrate their new skills and knowledge into their current place of work. This programme is designed to allow the student to experience the impact a committed mindfulness practice can make within the areas of education, health care, social care, the work place, family and relationships.


  • Applicants should hold a level eight honours degree or an equivalent qualification or professional qualification within a relevant field such as health care, education, social care, family care or workplace development


  • Have at least five years of relevant experience within one of these areas for those with a degree out-side of relevant areas
  • An interview forms an important element in assessing a candidates suitability for the programme, final decision on the inclusion of a candidate onto the programme will be determined by this process

Fees and Costs

€2,100 Year 1: €3,100 Year 2

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

  • AP6805: Mindfulness Practice (5 credits)
    Eight week mindfulness based stress reduction programme informed in parts by mindfulness based cognitive therapy for the general public.
  • AP6806: Mindfulness in Personal and Professional Life (5 credits)
    Mindfulness in family and relationships, work, health care and education. Research into mindfulness and its implications for contemporary life. Eastern origins and influence of western psychology in mindfulness based approaches.
  • AP6807: Mindfulness and Reflective Practice (5 credits)
    Reflective practice, acceptance and commitment training, nine attitudinal foundations of mindfulness.
  • AP6808: Enquiry into Mindfulness Practice (15 credits)
    Enquiry into personal practice, deepening of personal practice. Exploring the connection between and transition from formal practice to informal practice, practising mindfulness in every aspect of daily life.

Year 2 Modules

  • AP6809: Research Methodologies (5 credits)
    Qualitative, quantitative and mixed research. Theory, research and practice, data gathering, reflexive practice in research.
  • AP6810: Research Project (25 credits)
    Demonstrate the ability to complete a minor research work to the appropriate standard.

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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