The Masters of Education programme is designed to develop students' professional autonomy as both learners and practitioners with a strong focus on inquiry learning and the integration of theory, practice and research. Core taught modules will introduce the student to the, contemporary issues in education, postgraduate academic community and support the student in conducting high quality, ethical research. All students will share four core modules and develop a specialism through a thesis and two associated elective strand modules. An original research thesis must be completed as part of the programme.

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Year 1
Autumn Semester
• Contemporary Issues 1: Perspectives on Learning,Teaching and Assessment
• Academic Writing and Inquiry

Spring Semester
• Contemporary Issues 2: Perspectives on Educational Policy and Practice
• Specialist Module 1*

Year 2
Autumn Semester
• Advanced Research Methods 1: Research Design
• Specialist Module 1
• *Thesis

Spring Semester
• Thesis

Entry requirements

An appropriate degree or equivalent recognised by the University of Limerick (NQAI - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). An honours primary bachelor's degree or equivalent (2.1 or 2.2 honours) in a relevant or appropriate subject. Relevant educational experience in primary, post-primary, adult, further, higher education or other relevant professional educational experiences [minimum = 1 year] is required. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

Please contact the Course Director for further details.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Application dates

What to Include with your Application

•Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)

•English language qualifications (if English is not your first language)

•A copy of your birth certificate/passport


2 Years part-time

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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