Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
11 Months
Professional Diploma
NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr. Maura Adshead
Email: Telephone: 353 (0)61 213429
Name: Deirdre McGinn

Express Interest

Register your interest here for more information or to be notified when applications are open.

Brief Description

Applications are accepted from those whom are currently or have previously served in the role of TESS Home School Community Liaison Coordinator. 

The professional Diploma in Community engagement offers previous and past Home School Liaison Coordinators within  the Tusla Education Support Service (TESS) accredited learning at graduate level equivalent to 30 ECTS. This credit can be transferred and used as a recognized prior learning in any third level institution in Ireland and may be used as an entry route to the Masters in Community Research at UL.

The diploma provides previous and past Home School Liaison Co-ordinators within TESS a unique opportunity to work and learn with local communities in local communities. Over 11 months, you will be part of a diverse team charged with designing and delivering a project to address a local identified need.

Build Your Master Plan: Stack Your Way to Success: If you are using this Professional Diploma as the final 30 ECTS Credits to stack into our Master of Professional Practice (MPP) you will need to apply via the MPP page HERE.

The programme facilitates student involvement in community/university partnership projects, providing the necessary training and facilitation between students and community partners to enable them to effectively identify the tasks and work packages that students reasonably carry out in order to address identifed community needs. In Limerick we work with local community consortia in Moyross, Southill, Our Lady of Lourdes, St Mary's and St Munchins as part of a wider UL ambition to support University-community collaboration that is reciprocal, beneficial and goal orientated.

Autumn Semester  

Spring Semester 


UP5101 Engaged Research Design (12 ECTS) 

UP5102 Engaged Research Design (12 ECTS) 

UP5105 Engaged Research Evaluation (6 ECTS) 

Applicants must have a first or second-class honours degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or an approved equivalent qualification. Candidates should be proficient in the use of English.

Applicants must be currently or have previously served in the role of TESS Home School Community Liaison Coordinator. Should the course be over-subscribed candidates will be short-listed as deemed necessary. 

Short-listed candidates will also be required to attend an interview. 

Applications forms for this programmes can be obtained from David Dineen in the TUSLA Educaiton Support Service (contact email is at the top of the page).

What to include with your application

  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
  • A copy of your most recent CV
  • A copy of your passport or birth certificate (long version)
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language requirements:
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

For more information Click Here

EU - €3,210 per annum

Non- EU - €6,955 per annum

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email

Please click here for information on funding and scholarships.

The professional Diploma in Community Engagement is specifically desgined to meet the professional needs of previous and past home School Co-ordinators within TESS.