Applications are NOW OPEN for September 2024!

Start date: Saturday 21 September 2024
Closing date for Applications: 7 September 2024
To Apply click on this linkPAC 
Course Fee: €1,950*
*Applicants may be eligible for funding of up to 50% under the HCI Pillar Learner Subsidy - for more information click here.
(There is an additional fee of €350 if participants wish to sit the optional MII Certified Assessment)


Mediation is increasingly being used within Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) organisations; as well as being used more in the resolution of court-based or private dispute resolution.  Mediation knowledge and skills play a significant role in the resolution of disputes from: family (separation, parenting, international child abduction, older persons); commercial; workplace; community; and peace-building to name a few. We are now seeing more mainstream use of mediation across a range of areas in Irish society.  The Mediation Act 2017 places specific requirements on mediators.  This programme facilitates participants in developing the knowledge and skills that underpin the mediation of conflicts and disputes.  In addition to understanding current concepts, policy and good practice relating to mediation, participants will develop the critical skills required to be an effective mediator. Successful completion of the course will provide participants with the opportunity to take a separate professional assessment of their skills.  Successful completion of this assessment allows participants to apply to join the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII).   
Through blended learning that employs online and live classes, practice sessions and peer feedback, this module will provide participants with a structured learning environment. Following completion of the module, these credits may be accepted as part of relevant School of Law and Criminology postgraduate programmes, such as postgraduate diplomas or masters.

Entry Requirements
Applicants should have a minimum 2.2 grade, honours (level 8) degree. However, this course is open to experienced professionals who do not hold a primary degree. See Recognition of Prior Learning | Maynooth University for more information.

Minimum English language requirements: Please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non- EU applicants.
National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

Course Structure
This course will be commencing on Saturday, 21 September and teaching will conclude on Saturday 14 December.
This course will be delivered in person (Saturday classes) and online (Tuesday classes).
Saturday, 21 September 2024 
Tuesday, 1 October 2024 (Online)
Saturday, 5 October 2024
Saturday, 12 October 2024
Saturday, 2 November 2024
Tuesday, 5 November 2024 (Online)
Tuesday, 12 November 2024 (Online)
Saturday, 16 November 2024
Tuesday, 26 November 2024 (Online)
Saturday, 30 November 2024
Tuesday, 3 December 2024 (Online)
Friday 13 December 2024
Saturday 14 December 2024

Students wishing to take the optional competency assessment, to register with the MII as professional mediators eligible to practice, will attend an additional practice day and competency assessment (dates to be confirmed).

Career Options 
Mediation skills are a desirable skill in a range of professions, including for those working in human resources, trade unions and any role where conflict may need to be resolved. Successful completion of this course will provide participants with the opportunity to undertake a professional assessment of their skills.  Successful completion of this assessment allows participants to apply to join the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII). 
There is an increasing use of mediation in Ireland.  The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland has existed since 1992.  This organisation accredits training programmes and offers a professional base to a range of organisations and individuals (current membership circa 750).  Career paths for mediators now exist within a number of public bodies: Legal Aid Board (Family Mediation); Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman; Residential Tenancies Board; The Workplace Relations Commission; and Traveller Mediation Service.  The demand for mediation services also complements the portfolio of work that can be offered by self-employed dispute resolvers. 
How to Apply
Online application only:
PAC Code: MMC17

The following documents should be uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.
Academic Programme Director Contact Details
Dr Treasa Kenny
Academic Programme Coordinator & Lecturer
School of Law and Criminology
Phone: 087-2335587
Location: 3rd Floor, Rye Hall, North Campus, Maynooth University