New MSc Loss and Bereavement Studies Programme 2017/18

Now open for application

Since 2004 the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has supported bereavement education programmes delivered by the Irish Hospice Foundation. During 2016/17 we revised the MSc Bereavement Studies and now open for applications (accreditation pending). The revised programme now offers a two strand option;
  • MSc Loss & Bereavement*
  • MSc Loss & Bereavement (Counselling)* 
*Accreditation Pending

Aims and Objectives of the Programme

The programmes aim to impact on health, social and community systems and ultimately to enhance quality of life.  They are rooted in contemporary scientific research about loss and bereavement as well as being designed against a policy and professional regulation backdrop. The programmes aim to promote competent, sensitive and ethical practice in bereavement care in Ireland and to support researchers and practitioners in their efforts to apply research findings to practice.

Course Details

DURATION: Two years. Part Time STRUCTURE: Year 1 = 7 modules (5 at 10 credits, two at 5 credits) and a dissertation in year two. A 10 credit module consists of 250 hours of learning including lecture time, self-directed learning, course preparation, examination time, and supervision. The two year programme equates to 90 credits and it is devised to support Level 9 learning outcomes.

MSc Loss & Bereavement

For MSc Loss & Bereavement applications are invited from representatives of a wide range of professional disciplines whose work or volunteering roles involve the provision or organisation of bereavement support care in community, health or other areas. Applicants must possess a Level 8 degree in a relevant area or equivalent demonstrated through a defined Recognition of Prior Learning process (RPL). RPL requires demonstration of significant professional experience in social/health care in a loss/ bereavement related area OR as a bereavement support volunteer; completion of CPD and other training relevant to loss and bereavement; evidence of personal insight into loss history.

For MSc Loss & Bereavement (Counselling)

For MSc Loss & Bereavement (Counselling) applications are invited from qualified, accredited psychotherapists and counsellors. Applicants must possess counselling/psychotherapy accreditation through a national body and a Level 8 degree in relevant area (or equivalent as demonstrated through RPL). RPL involves demonstration of formal training in counselling/ psychotherapy; significant professional experience in loss/bereavement related work; evidence of personal insight into loss and bereavement.

Module Details

Irish Hospice Foundation Msc Bereavement Studies Modules

Class times

Class times will be; 9.15am to 5.30pm on Thursday to Saturday. Dates  Year 1 2017: October 19, 20, 21; November 16. 17.18; December 14, 15. 2018: January 18, 19, 20; February 15, 16, 17; March 15, 16; April 19, 20, 21; May 24, 25, 26; June 7, 8


A range of assessment methods will be applied. These include written coursework, reaction papers and a dissertation/ work based project in year two.


The course is delivered by the Irish Hospice Foundation and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Accreditation is pending through the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the National University of Ireland.

Fees  (for EU students*)

A non-refundable deposit of €500.00 is required on acceptance of a course place.
  • Year 1 Fees: €5,000.00
  • Year 2 Fees: €5,000.00
Fees include an IHF supplement of €50 for display, photocopying & printing of downloaded electronic material. The balance of the annual fee may be paid in two instalments. The first instalment of fees must be paid prior to Registration. Cheques should be made payable to The Irish Hospice Foundation. Fees are eligible for tax relief. *non EU students, please contact Irish Hospice Foundation for rates


All classes, tutorials and seminars will be held at the training rooms of the Irish Hospice Foundation, 4th Floor, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2.

Library and Information Service

The Irish Hospice Foundation also houses the Thérèse Brady library, a specialist Library and Information Service related to death, dying and bereavement including a specialist collection of books, journals and resources and access to a wide range of electronic resources.


Applications must be submitted online through the RCSI application page.


General Enquiries:

For all general enquiries contact: Maura Dunne, Education Administrator, Irish Hospice Foundation, 4th Floor, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2. Tel: (01) 6793188 Fax: (01) 6730040 E-mail: maura.dunne@hospicefoundation.ie Course content enquires:  Orla Keegan, Course Director, Irish Hospice Foundation, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2. Tel: (01) 6793188 E-mail: orla.keegan@hospicefoundation.ie     07/13/2017  
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