Trinity College Dublin


M.Ed. students register on one of the twelve strands of the programme, giving them the opportunity to further their understanding of educational theory and research, contemporary issues, and practice and policy issues within their specialisms. All students also attend a common research module.

Is This Course For Me?

The course is open to teachers at all levels of the education system, to appropriately qualified professionals working in the areas of education, training, administration and management, and to graduates in areas related to the strand specialisms. We welcome applications from both Irish and international graduates who wish to relate their particular fields of competence to the theory and practice of education.

Subjects taught

Course Structure

The Master in Education programme is a modular programme, and prospective applicants may choose one of the following study modes.

Option 1: Full-time. 5 taught modules and 15,000-word dissertation completed in one year.

Students intending to apply for the full-time route must submit a description of their area of research interest when applying.

Option 2: Part-time, 2 years. 5 taught modules and 15,000-word dissertation completed over two years.

The taught component is completed in year 1, and the dissertation is completed in year 2.

Option 3: Part-time, 3 years. 5 taught modules and 15,000-word dissertation completed over three years.

3 taught modules are completed in year 1, 2 taught modules are completed in year 2, and the dissertation is completed in year 3.

Click here for further information on modules/subjects.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold a good honours degree (2:1) and have at least two years’ experience in the field of education (or similar). In order to complete the application, the applicant will require electronic copies of their undergraduate degree transcripts, the email addresses of two academic referees, and an up-to-date CV.


1 year full-time / 2 or 3 years part-time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake September 2024

Closing Date

30th June 2024 (except for Drama in Education and Music Education 31st May 2024)

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities

This course covers a wide range of academic disciplines and prepares graduates for a career in teaching. Our graduates have also pursued careers in both the public and private sectors, including school counseling, careers guidance, curriculum development, publishing, and HR.

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

  • Apply to

    Course provider