Education - School Leadership

Key programme benefits to future students
This programme guides students through the process of conducting educational leadership research and is designed to empower both experienced and aspiring school leaders in their career and across their lifespan. The programme provides students with the prerequisite knowledge and skills to seek out evidence vital to decision making processes whilst creating a space for their creation of new knowledge based on student-led research projects.

This programme will provide aspiring and established leaders with a research informed perspective on organisational leadership in education.

Key Fact: This programme is endorsed by the Centre for School Leadership (CSL) as it meets the national priority of providing school leaders with a structured pathway towards Masters qualification.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Advanced Research Methods 1: Research Design
• M. ED Thesis 1
• M. ED Thesis 2

Entry requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a Postgraduate Diploma in School Leadership or equivalent with a minimum second class honours grade two. Applicants are expected to have a minimum of 2 years teaching experience.

Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable).
A copy of your passport or birth certificate (long document).
Overview of the Educational Leadership Research Topic/Area (500 words maximum)
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice.
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year part-time, blended.

Enrolment dates


Post Course Info

Graduate careers
This programme is endorsed by the Centre for School Leadership (CSL) as it meets the national priority of providing school leaders with a structured pathway towards Masters qualification.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Part time

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