MEd Education
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
This is a 90-credit part-time taught Masters degree programme designed to respond to the interests and needs of education professionals, including those in full-time employment.

On successful completion of the programme, students will have deepened their understanding of key issues within the field of education and familiarised themselves with the latest national and international research in education. (*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)

The aim of this programme is to enable students to explore the core issues and policies relating to Education. It aims to enhance the knowledge base of a range of professionals within the education system, including, but not confined to, classroom teachers, aspiring school leaders, those working with vulnerable pupils and those working with agencies supporting schools.

It aims to familiarise students with the latest national and international research in relation to Education.

It critically explores policy and current discourses in relation to a range of issues, especially equality of participation in education, Inclusive Education, Effective Education, School Leadership and School Organisation. It explores a range of barriers to education, including those arising from disability and additional educational needs, social background and linguistic and cultural context.

Vision and Values Statement

The course content is informed by the most up-to-date and progressive thinking in relation to Education policy, nationally and internationally.

It links theory and practice in a critical discourse on Education.

It is informed by the most up-to-date research, both nationally and internationally.

The ethos of the programme is very strongly influenced by social justice, children's rights and respect for diversity.

It encourages a critical approach to every aspect of education at every level of the system: the classroom, the school and the macro education system.

There is a focus on effective teaching within effective schools.

School improvement is a key theme within the programme.

Subjects taught

This is a two-year, part-time programme, delivered in blended/online format, leading to a 90-credit Masters qualification. Modules will be delivered by synchronous online lectures over two hours at evening time, with some onsite activities organised outside of normal working hours, such as on Saturdays. For those unable to attend onsite, recordings of the inputs will be made available.

The components of this 90- Credit Master's qualification in Inclusive Education are:

Thesis (30 credits)

3 x 10 credit core modules (including Research Methods)
3 x 10 credit elective modules selected from 6 options

Core Modules:

Research Thesis
Research Methods 1 and 2
Equalities Childrens Learning
Elective Modules: 3 of the following options:

Critical Policy Analysis
Leadership for Quality Learning
School Effectiveness
Inclusive Education
History of Childhood&Learning

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold an honours degree at undergraduate level (or equivalent) from a recognised higher education institution, or the candidate must present such other evidence of academic standing and/or relevant professional experiences as will satisfy the College of Human Sciences Graduate Taught Programmes Board of their suitability for masters studies. In addition, applicants should have relevant professional experience.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MEd PT (W030)


* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No




2 years part-time.


MEd Education (W030) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4925
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
This Masters in Education qualification has the potential to further the careers of a range of educators, including mainstream class teachers and aspiring school leaders.

It will enhance recruitment opportunities with a range of agencies that support schools.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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