Education Studies - Inquiry-Based Learning

The Master in Education Studies (Inquiry-Based Learning) is an innovative and unique Masters course that taps into the widespread and growing interest in inquiry-based learning at all levels of education, from early childhood to higher education.

What is the Master in Education Studies (Inquiry- Based Learning)?

Despite the growing interest in this area, few opportunities exist in Ireland for students to study for a Master's degree where most of the credits are awarded for study and research in inquiry-based learning. This course aims to rectify this. The course is framed to provide clear interaction between theory and practice. A key feature of the course is to build a community of inquiry among participants, with a focus on collaborative tasks both online and face-to-face.

Who is the course for?
This course is open to teachers and anyone working as an educator in any profession or subject area, at any level.

What will I study?
In year one, students on this course will study 4 discrete modules consisting of a common core module, and three specialism Inquiry-Based Learning modules. In year two, students focus on an area of interest, related to Inquiry-Based Learning within Education Studies, in greater depth. They will develop research skills and prepare a dissertation of 20,000 words on a topic relevant to inquiry-based learning.

Early Exit Award
Upon successful completion of year 1, students have the opportunity to exit this course with a Postgraduate Diploma (Inquiry-Based Learning).

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
An honours degree (level 8) with second class honours or higher and at least three years teaching or equivalent professional experience. In exceptional cases applicants who meet the honours degree requirement but do not have the necessary experience may be considered for the course. English Language Requirement: IELTS Level 6.5 (or equivalent).

Assessment Info

How is the course assessed?
Assessment is linked to the modular nature of the course. It consists of a variety of assessment methods in year 1 followed by a research proposal and dissertation in year 2.

Subjects taught

Module Listing
Year 1

Module 1

Introduction to Education Studies
• Pedagogy, learning styles and pedagogical tact
• Character, compassion, care, empathy and flourishing
• Well-being and critical thinking in education
• Postgraduate reading and writing

Module 2

Learning through Inquiry
• Inquiry and the learner
• Inquiry-based teaching
• Nurturing a culture of inquiry
• Assessment in inquiry-based learning

Module 3

Inquiry-Based Learning & the Environment
• Inquiry in the natural environment
• Inquiry in the built environment
• Environmental inquiry in public spaces and for public debate
• Pedagogical opportunities for and assessment of environmental inquiry learning

Module 4

Promoting Inquiry-Based Learning through Creative Technologies

• Theory and pedagogy of developing inquiry based learning through the application of technology in education

• Accessing educational resources online appropriate for creating and resourcing an IBL environment

• Experimentation with digital tools and toys to enrich children's collaboration and inquiry

• Assessment of inquiry based learning supported by digital technologies

Year 2

Dissertation Module
• Research methodologies and research ethics
• The research design process
• Research proposal
• Dissertation


ECTS Credits: 90


2 years part-time.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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