Adult Learning & Development

Course Overview
The Master of Arts Degree in Adult Learning and Development is intended to give training, education and human resource practitioners the opportunity to:

Extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of theories underlying adult learning, training, education and development;

Apply critical analysis and problem solving skills in the development of new knowledge and practice to the field of adult learning, training, education and development;

Contribute to the debate on the role of lifelong learning in the context of international experience, government priorities and in the framework of personal and professional development.

NB: Participants have an exit option on successful completion of 60 ECTS. In such cases participants will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Learning and Development (Level 9 NFQ).

Who's Suited to This Course
Our students have come from a wide range of backgrounds such as; further education teachers, instructional designers, educational consultants, human resource specialists and self-employed trainers.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Academic: Candidates must have achieved a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree.
Experiential: Candidates must possess a minimum of three years' experience in training and education or other relevant experience.
Candidates for entry may be required to attend for interview prior to being offered a place on the programme. The number of places will be restricted.

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.).

Assessment Info

Assessment includes written assignments, practical projects, online contributions and reflective learning journals. Students complete a research-based dissertation in the second year of the course.

Note: Students who gain 60 ECTS may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Learning and Development.

Subjects taught


Year 1
- Human Resource Development and Training for Work
- The Psychology of Adult Learning and Development
- Adult Learning Theories and Concepts
- Teaching and Learning Online
- Lifelong Learning: Concepts, Context and Issues
- Social Science Research

Year 2
- Learning and the Individual
- Management and Leadership in Training and Education (Elective)
- Online Learning and Design (Elective)
- Dissertation

Curriculum Information
Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases). Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Year 1 (45 Credits)
Required ED417: Teaching and Learning Online
Required ED418: The Psychology of Adult Learning & Development
Required ED408: Human Resource Development and Training for Work
Required ED415: Lifelong Learning: Context & Issues
Required ED416: Adult Learning Theories & Concepts
Required ED414: Social Science Research
Optional ED403: Psychology of Learning 2
Optional ED404: Psychology of Learning 1
Optional ED409: Educational and Training Technology
Year 2 (45 Credits)
Required ED420: Learning & the Individual
Required ED410: Dissertation
Optional ED421: Management & Leadership in Training & Education
Optional ED422: Online Learning Design
Optional ED414: Social Science Research
Optional ED405: Management of Training and Education




Duration: 2 years, part-time
Mode of study: Blended learning

Notice: due to COVID-19 restrictions Semester 1 teaching in 2020/21 will take place in a fully online mode.


Fees: (per annum)
EU: Year 1 €4,200, Year 2* €3,700
Non-EU: Year 1 €4,700, Year 2 €4,200

*The Postgraduate Diploma has an EU
fee of €1,250 (Non-EU: €1,750) for Year 2.

Enrolment dates

Start Date September

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Career Opportunities
You may find career opportunities in the further education and training sector and in voluntary & community-based training organisations. You may also find employment in human resources and staff development areas of a wide range of organisations and businesses. Opportunities also exist with private training providers and in the corporate training and professional development sectors.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Daytime,Blended

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