Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The MA in Education degree course provides graduates who have academic, professional or personal interests in education with an opportunity to pursue these through study and research at postgraduate level.
-The programme offers a number of elective modules in Educational Sciences and Professional Development.
-Students are exposed to a range of research skills and techniques which enable them to engage with, and produce, high quality educational research (*Please note this is not a professional training programme, applicants who intend to train as secondary school teachers should apply for the Professional Masters in Education)
Vision and Values Statement
This programme is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of educational issues, practices and research in order to pursue or develop a career in education or related disciplines. Criticality, academic capability and reflective professionalism are at the heart of the programme. The learning environment facilitated and structured by the programme is designed to develop constructive engagement with ideas and issue from the world of education, and to offer engagement with distinctive strands in educational sciences, professional development theory, and social research methods. Workshops, symposia, seminars and lectures characterise the programme approach to student engagement and include multi- and trans-disciplinary perspectives which we feel are of value to the contemporary professional. Individual, small-group and full-class activities provide this. Assessment practices reflect this also and are designed in order to offer appropriate modalities to demonstrate learning across key issues, policies and debates within the field of education and education research. It will also help students to develop skills that will enable them to engage with, and produce, educational research. plinary perspectives which we feel are of value to the contemporary professional.
On successful completion of the programme, the student will
1. Engage meaningfully with concepts, principles, and values from a range of academic genre and disciplines.
2. Design and implement evidence-based research relevant to educational settings and requirements.
3. Choose between a range of media in order to select appropriate means and modes to communicate critical study, small-scale research and systemic issue and material review.
4. Lead debate and discussion confidently in relation to education systems, arrangements, and practices.
5. Understand the affordances of learning technologies in relation to enhancing learning and research contexts and equally be aware of its drawbacks.
6. Contribute capably to team-based learning.
This programme is intended for applicants with an upper second class honours, or international equivalent in their primary degree and who demonstrate evidence of interest in educational issues.
Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes
Stage 1 - Core
Research Methods 1
Stage 1 - Option
Inclusion and Equality in Education
Digital Learning Design:Teaching, Learning & Technology
Education Sciences: Psychology Applied to Schools
Inclusive Education for Pupils with Additional support Needs
Advanced Research Methods 1(Qualitative)
Critical Policy Analysis
Children's Rights & Participation
Research Methods 2
Guiding Effective T & L
Educating Ireland PME
Curriculum and Assessment
Students, Schools & Society
Equalities, Social Justice and Children's Learning
History of Childhood&Learning
Wellbeing of Children and Youth
Internship: Work Experience and Career Development
Languages&Learning in Schools
The Psychological Development of Children and Young People
Educational Research Writing
Mentoring and Leading Learning
Development and the Global South
International Political Theory
1 year, Full-time
MA Education (W027) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900
***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.
Next Intake: 2020/2021 September
Post Course Info
Careers & Employability
Graduates who have graduated with an MA in Education work in a diverse range of careers in education in roles such as: teachers, policy advisors, education professionals, education leaders, education outreach officers, and education and training officers.
MA Educational Psychology FT
MSc Children & Youth Studies FT
Professional Masters Education FT