Education Learning & Development

Become an expert in designing engaging learning experiences with our Masters.

Our Masters has been designed to meet the needs of educators and practitioners who support adults learners. Graduates will gain a specialist qualification which will enable them to support and inform their role and in turn become a more confident, innovative and engaging practitioner.

Why Study Education, Learning & Development at Griffith College?
Our Masters programme has been designed to meet the needs of practitioners and educators who support adults' learners in a variety of contexts. This may include Learning and Development specialists, role holders in Human Resources department, instructional designers, self-employed trainers or lecturers in higher education. Here are some of the benefits of studying with Griffith College:

Career development and increased employment prospects

You join a diverse, collaborative, reflective community of practitioners who learn from and with each other through discussion, assignments and reflection.

You will engage in the underpinning concepts, theories and best practices associated with the design and implementation of effective and engaging learning for all adult learners, and apply these to your own practice.

You will engage in critical reflection of your own practice and other enquiry and research techniques to improve your practice

On completion, you will be a more confident and agile practitioner with the skills and competencies to design, teach, assess and evaluate educational programmes in line with best practice

Course Highlights
Flexible, part-time blended schedule
Delivered via face-to-face workshops on campus, taking place approximately 3 days a month (Fridays and Saturdays), weekly recorded webinars, online drop-in sessions.
Elective specialism allows you to choose modules which align with your individual educational and training needs or career development.
Practical and applied learning approach
Programme team of practitioners from a wide range of education, learning and development roles.
Networking opportunities with fellow practitioners in education, learning and development

Course Details
This MA programme includes two embedded programmes, the Certificate (20 ECTS) and the Postgraduate Diploma (60 ECTS).

The Postgraduate Diploma incorporates the modules of the Certificate and a combination of mandatory and elective modules totalling an additional 40 ECTS.

The MA incorporates the Certificate modules, Postgraduate Diploma modules and electives, and a 30 ECTS Dissertation.

Entry requirements

Applicants will need a Level 8 Primary degree in their area of expertise.

Applicants are also required to have lecturing or training experience with adult learners. The minimum experience requirement for the Masters is 50 hours.

Students must have a minimum of 2 hours of practice during the course of the programme. This is to facilitate peer and tutor observation sessions.

Accreditation of Prior Learning and Prior Experience (APL/APEL):
The Faculty welcomes applications from those who may not fulfil the above eligibility requirements however they may have prior academic and/or professional learning experience which may be relevant to the programme.

Applicants who wish to be considered are requested to indicate this at the time of application and we will be happy to examine all of the relevant documentation accordingly.

Subjects taught

Semester One (Certificate 20 ECTS)
Professional Practice
Learning Designs: Contexts and Considerations

Semesters Two and Three (Postgraduate Diploma 40 ECTS)
Strategic Learning and Development
Psychology of Learning
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Research Methods
Personal and Professional Development

Elective Modules (choose two)
Emergent Learning Technologies
Innovation for Learning
Supervision of Research Projects
Workplace Learning
Learning Analytics

Semester Four
Dissertation 30 ECTS


25 Months Part-Time / Blended Learning.

Please see website for detailed timetable.

Enrolment dates

Intake Dates
Dublin: February 2020; September 2020.

Post Course Info

Academic Progression
On completion of the programme the learner can go on to pursue a Ph.D. in the area.

Career Progression
Our Masters programme aims to advance the professional development of educators and practitioners with the aim of furthering their careers.

Having a Level 9 postgraduate specialist qualification will increase your opportunity for career advancement and promotion.

On completion, the graduate will be a confident and competent professional who demonstrates their mastery of designing learning experiences for a wide range of learners in many contexts. The exposure to learning from other practitioners and their complex contexts will have enhanced their own abilities to address challenges of ill-defined and unpredictable contexts. This high level of competence will ensure that graduates are agile and innovative practitioners.

At an organisational and national level, there is an increasing need for adult educators to have formal qualifications. Many who support learners in an organisational context such as role holders in Learning and Development or Human Resource departments have a Train the Trainer qualification at Level 7 or a degree in Human Resources. The individual or the organisation may want to have a higher level or specialist qualification to support and inform their role.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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