MA Education
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)

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.

Programme Outcomes

Design and implement evidence-based research relevant to educational settings and requirements.

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.

Lead debate and discussion confidently in relation to education systems, arrangements, and practices.

Understand the affordances of learning technologies in relation to enhancing learning and research contexts and equally be aware of its drawbacks.

Contribute capably to team-based learning.

On successful completion of the programme, the student will - Engage meaningfully with concepts, principles, and values from a range of academic genre and disciplines.

Subjects taught

Core Modules:

Research Methods 1
Development education
Mentoring and Leading Learning
Educational Research Writing
MA (Ed) Thesis
Option Modules (3 out of 8 modules):

Ed.Sc:Psych in Schools(MEd/MA)
Critical Policy Analysis
Children's Rights & Participat
School Effectiveness
Inclusive Education
Equalities Childrens Learning
History of Childhood&Learning

Entry requirements

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

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MA Education FT (W027)


Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Applicants are expected to hold a with an upper second class honours (2.1), or international equivalent in their primary degree and who demonstrate evidence of interest in educational issues.




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.

Enrolment dates

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.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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