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Post Graduate Diploma in Trauma Studies

5th July 2020

An Invitation to join us on the online

Post Graduate Diploma in Trauma Studies starting in September 2020.

The application process is now open!

An online Postgraduate Diploma in Trauma Studies (PGDip) has been developed in partnership between both the Adult Education Centre (ACE) and the School of Criminology, Department of Sociology at University College Cork, Ireland and WAVE Trauma Centre, Belfast. The Post Grad pathway provides academically grounded but professionally informed trauma education shaped by issues emerging in trauma practice.

            Modules of Study

  • Trauma and Victimology: Key Issues, Methods and Structures
  • Research Methods
  • Trauma and Addiction: Key Issues, Methods and Structures
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Growth
  • Complex Loss: Grief, Trauma and Social Context
  • Social Approaches to Trauma: Family, Society and International
  • Public Health Challenges in Post Conflict Societies

Isabel Stewart, Module Co-Ordinator – Public Health Challenges in Post Conflict Societies gives an insight into the module in this short talk.

Duration of the Programme

The Online Postgraduate Diploma is a two-year part-time programme of study with the opportunity to exit at the end of year one with a Postgraduate Certificate in Trauma Studies. The opportunity to progress to a Masters qualification is currently being developed.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold an honours (NFQ level 8) primary degree with a minimum 2:2 in a relevant discipline. Candidates without an NFQ level 8 award are eligible to apply, subject to the approval of the programme Academic Director, if s/he can demonstrate at least three years’ professional experience in a related field. Further information and the application process can be accessed at

Bursary Criteria:

A two-year bursary opportunity funded by Victims and Survivors Service (Peace IV Shared Spaces and Services – Victims and Survivors 2017-2021) for those working/supporting victims and survivors of the conflict/Troubles from the Northern Ireland Conflict is available.

The bursary programme awards a part bursary in year one of 1334 euro and a full bursary in year 2 dependent upon the full completion of the year one modules.  The outstanding balance of year one can be paid on a phased basis to University College Cork.  If you are interested in this bursary opportunity please contact  for an application form .

Bursary application must be returned by Wednesday 5th August 2020

A Masterclass will be held early August. Details to be confirmed.