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:

- Build on your existing skills and develop your expertise in designing, implementing and evaluating effective learning programmes, including accredited and non-accredited programmes.

- Enhance your research and critical thinking skills and apply your learnings while focusing on completing a major research project of direct relevance to your organisation and/or professional career path.

- Increase your opportunities for career advancement and promotion as a result of having gained the skills above, and having a specialist Level 9 qualification

- Experienced programme team includes practitioners from a wide range of education, learning and development roles who bring their expertise to the classroom and offer insights of a practical and applied nature.

- Elective specialism allows the participant to choose modules which align with their individual educational and training needs or career development.

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 (20 ECTS) 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 Dissertation (30 ECTS).

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

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.

English Language requirements;
In response to the worldwide closure of English Language Test Centres arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, Griffith College is now accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. This is a temporary measure for our intakes up to and including February 2022.

Application dates

How to Apply
Students who wish to apply for this course may apply directly to Griffith College.

Applicants will be required to submit a copy of their:
- Level 8 Degree Award Certificate

- Up-to-date CV

- Evidence of lecturing or training experience i.e. a reference letter from the person/organisation facilitating your lecturing/training practice

- Photo ID (Passport or Driving Licence)

There is a facility to upload these documents on our online application form. Alternatively, if you do not currently have the documents you may send a scanned copy to


25 Months Part-Time / Blended Learning.

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
Through the MA in Education, Learning and Development, you will have gained specialist skills to support and inform your role as an educator and practitioner.

On completion, you will be a confident, agile professional who can demonstrate your expertise in designing, implementing and evaluating effective and engaging learning programmes for your learners, participants or clients.

Having gained these skills, you will be well positioned for a promotion or for career advancement within the field of education, learning and development.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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