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MSc Loss and Bereavement Programmes: Applications Open

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

Applications are now open for our MSc Loss & Bereavement and MSc Loss & Bereavement (Clinical Practice) programmes commencing September 2024.

The MSc Loss & Bereavement and MSc Loss & Bereavement (Clinical Practice) is a collaborative programme from Irish Hospice Foundation and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. These part-time postgraduate programmes are delivered over two years.

For 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.

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

Join the Open Evening

Interested in applying? We’re holding an online Open Evening for prospective applicants on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet lecturers and past students, learn about the programme details and timetable, and ask any questions you have about the programme. This is a free event. Registration is required via Eventbrite.

How to Apply

Applications are open for the course commencing September 2024. Applicants must apply online via on the RCSI website.

More Information

To download the course brochure and learn more, visit MSc Loss & Bereavement and MSc Loss & Bereavement (Clinical Practice).

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jennifer Leech, Education Administrator at Irish Hospice Foundation, at [email protected] or 01 679 3188.

Dr Cathal Delaney

Non-Consultant Hospital Doctor and RCSI Lecturer
MSc Loss & Bereavement 2021 – 2023

“The MSc in Loss and Bereavement has been an incredibly rewarding experience both personally and professionally. Working as a non-consultant hospital doctor, the learning during the master’s has deepened my knowledge of bereavement and increased my confidence in recognising grief and supporting patients and families experiencing loss. The teaching staff are extremely supportive, and I am very grateful to my classmates for the shared learning and collaboration. I would highly recommend this master’s to any healthcare professional.”

A headshot of a man named Cathal Delaney, dressed in graduation robes. He is a graduate of Irish Hospice Foundation's MSc Loss & Bereavement programme, run in partnership with RCSI.

Deirdre Callis

IACP Accredited Therapist and Supervisor | Head of Family Support Service
MSc Loss & Bereavement (Clinical Practice) 2021 – 2023

“Working within the charity sector as Head of Services for families with rare genetic disorder has allowed me to develop an insight into loss like never before. … We as an organisation have been able to apply the learning from the MSc Loss & Bereavement (Clinical Practice) at a strategic level with the design and introduction of a new bereavement policy. We have introduced new supports for the team, and I have been able to apply key interventions at clinical level. I would highly recommend this master’s to any counsellor/psychologist or service working within the community and believe the more professionals who are engaging and learning about the topic of bereavement and loss will add such value at many levels.”