Education Learning & Development

Revitalise your professional practice with new insights from research.

Are you a practitioner who wishes to advance your skills and competencies at postgraduate level? Gain a specialist qualification at Griffith College which will enable you to support and inform your role and prepare you for leadership in your field.

Students complete nine modules from the MA in Education, Learning and Development.

In Semester One, students complete the first two modules - Professional Practice (10 ECTS), Learning Designs: Contexts and Considerations (10 ECTS).

In Semester Two and Three, students complete a further five mandatory modules that build on the knowledge and skills developed within the Certificate and provides opportunities for consolidating learning in areas such as learning theories within Psychology of Learning and further exploration of principles of inclusion within Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

In Semester Two also choose two modules as electives from a current suite of five elective modules in year one, semester two.These electives are offered subject to demand within a particular cohort of participants.

Why Study Education, Learning and 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.
• 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 weekly recorded webinars, online mentoring sessions, online drop-in sessions, and occasional face-to-face Saturday workshops on campus.
• 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 experienced practitioners
• Networking opportunities with fellow practitioners in education, learning and development.

Subjects taught

Semester One (Certificate 20 ECTS)
• Professional Practice (10 ECTS)
• Learning Designs: Contexts and Considerations (10 ECTS)

Semesters Two & Three (Postgraduate Diploma 40 ECTS)
• Strategic Learning and Development (10 ECTS)
• Psychology of Learning (5 ECTS)
• Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (5 ECTS)
• Research Methods (5 ECTS)
• Personal and Professional Development (5 ECTS)

Elective Modules (choose two)
• Emergent Learning Technologies (5 ECTS)
• Innovation for Learning (5 ECTS)
• Supervision of Research Projects (5 ECTS)
• Workplace Learning (5 ECTS)
• Learning Analytics (5 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 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
Griffith College is accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency.

Application dates

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

Students will be required to submit a copy of the following documents:
• Proof of Identification i.e. a copy of your Passport or Driving Licence
• Primary degree Award Certificate and/or Transcripts
• An updated C.V.
• Evidence of lecturing or training experience i.e. a reference letter from the person/organisation facilitating your lecturing/training practice, or a copy of your timetable.

If you do not currently have these documents, you can apply now and email a copy of the documents to


15 months.

Blended Learning / Part-Time

Enrolment dates

Intake Dates:
We run two intakes for this course, commencing as follows:
Autumn: September*
Spring: February*

*subject to sufficient numbers.

Post Course Info

Academic Progression
Students who complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Training and Education may go on to complete the MA in Education, Learning and Development.

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.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Part time

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