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Final Places Remaining – MSc Loss & Bereavement Programmes

A photo of four smiling students (one man and three women) from Irish Hospice Foundation's MSc Loss and Bereavement programme.

The final places remain for our MSc Loss & Bereavement programmes starting this September. Applicants are invited to apply by the extended deadline of July 26, 2024.

About our MSc Loss & Bereavement programmes

In partnership with Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Irish Hospice Foundation runs two accredited Level 9 MSc programmes focusing on loss and bereavement: MSc in Loss & Bereavement and MSc in Loss & Bereavement (Clinical Practice).

These programmes are run part time over two years.

Why are these postgraduate courses important?

IHF recognise that loss and bereavement are core life experiences for everyone. Whilst they have been the subject of major scientific and social study over the past 30 years, the application of our new knowledge and clinical skills often lags behind.

These postgraduate programmes have been designed to impact on health, social and community systems and ultimately to enhance quality of life. They are evidence-based, rooted in contemporary scientific research and clinical skills training, as well as being designed against a policy and professional regulation backdrop.

Who are these postgraduate courses for?

For the MSc Loss & Bereavement, applications are invited from representatives of a wide range of professional disciplines who wish to develop a deeper understanding of loss and grief at individual and societal level or whose work/volunteering roles involve the organisation of bereavement support in community, health or other areas of general bereavement care. We welcome applications from a diverse range of professionals, including psychologists, chaplains, bereavement midwives, social workers, nurses, doctors, teachers, emergency first responders, among others.

For the MSc Loss & Bereavement (Clinical Practice), applications are invited from mental health professionals such as counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, healthcare workers, nurses, social workers, bereavement coordinators and others who design and implement clinical bereavement interventions as part of their practice.

Please note: These are not the only roles we consider. We are open to applicants from a variety of backgrounds and occupations.

If you’re considering applying but don’t know if the programme is right for you, please contact Jen Leech (contact details below).


This course is RCSI accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the National University of Ireland as a Level 9 qualification.

Apply today

For the course commencing this September, the extended application deadline is Friday, July 26.

For more details on the programme and to apply, visit MSc Loss & Bereavement.


For any questions about the programme, please contact:

Jennifer Leech
Education Administrator, Irish Hospice Foundation
[email protected] 
01 679 3188