Adult Learning & Teaching

Who is this course for:
Qualified teachers working or intending to work in the Further Education and Training sector.

Course Profile
The Master of Arts in Adult Learning and Teaching is designed to afford teachers who have successfully completed the Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education) or an equivalent Level 8 qualification to progress their studies. Having achieved this qualification applicants will then be awarded a 30 credit exemption through the RPL process for advanced entry to the Masters.

This course aims to develop the required skills, competencies and capabilities of educators intending to work in the lifelong learning environment. It prepares participants to: address management and leadership demands; effectively implement a learning environment; and engage with the online learning environment to become effective e-Learning professionals. The research element of the programme allows participants to: develop an evidence-based disposition that promotes systematic intellectual inquiry; and engenders responsibility for recognizing and acting on the ongoing requirements which underpin the professional standards within this sector.

Entry requirements

Special Entry Requirements
Candidates must have a:
• Professional Diploma in Education (Further Education) or
• An equivalent teaching qualification award (NFQ Level 8/60 ECTS)

Assessment Info

Assessment includes written assignments, group projects, online contributions and reflective learning journals.

Subjects taught

Social Science Research (10 ECTS)
Social Science Research explores the principles and skills relating to planning and designing research, developing a literature review and preparing survey strategies. It examines in detail the nature of inquiry, qualitative and quantitative methods of research based on philosophical assumptions and applied to different research questions.

Management and Leadership in Training and Education (10 ECTS)
Management and Leadership in Training and Education explores key concepts of management and leadership to provide a foundation for implementing strategic objectives in training and educational contexts. Management and leadership competencies, innovation management, programme management and leadership perspectives are studied to underpin development of a successful learning environment.

Online Learning Design (10 ECTS)
Online Learning Design focuses on pedagogical concepts and instructional design models that are fundamental to designing and developing an online learning environment. It examines pedagogical, technical and practical issues that affect the development of effective online learning environments and the issues relating to managing and monitoring online learning activities, assessment and evaluation.

Dissertation (30 ECTS)
Participants completing the Master of Arts in Adult Learning and Teaching must complete a research based dissertation.


ECTS: 90 (60 to complete + 30 Exempt)


1 year, part-time
Mode of study Blended Learning


Fees: (per annum)
EU: €5,000 Non-EU: €5,500

Enrolment dates

Start Date- September

Post Course Info

What career or further study opportunities are there?
Successful students may continue their postgraduate studies. Career opportunities occur as training, learning and development and instructional specialists in a wide range of public and private organisations and businesses. These include: further education and training centres; voluntary and community-based training organisations; and human resources and staff development sectors.

Opportunities also exist within private training providers alongside corporate training and professional development sectors.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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