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.

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

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.).

Application dates

Closing Date: TBC

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.




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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