Education Studies - Intercultural Education

The Master in Education Studies (Intercultural Learning and Leadership) is an innovative and unique course for educators who want to examine the complexities of teaching in a diverse and globalised world. Through engaging in this programme, participants will be prepared to take on leadership roles in their schools and workplaces, bringing the skills of a critical intercultural educator to support learners in achieving their potential.

Who is the course for?
This course is for educators who want
to engage with the opportunities and challenges of teaching in a diverse and globalised world. The course aims to equip participants with the threshold academic knowledge of educational leadership, in the context of critical examination of race, language diversity, and religious diversity

What will I study?
Students on this course will study four discrete modules in first year; namely, schools and diversity, inclusion and intercultural education; school leadership in diverse settings; teaching English as an additional language and religious diversity and intercultural education. In Year 2, students have the opportunity to focus on one of these areas in greater depth. They will develop research skills and prepare a dissertation of 20,000 words on a topic relevant to intercultural education.

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

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
An honours degree (level 8) with second class honours or higher, and at least three years teaching experience or equivalent professional experience. In exceptional cases students who meet the honours degree requirement but do not have the necessary experience may be considered for the course. Candidates may be shortlisted and invited to attend an interview and complete a written assignment as appropriate. 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. Types of assignment include essays, case studies, and a discussion forum, and a literature review in year 1, followed by a research proposal and dissertation in Year 2.

Subjects taught

Module Listing

Year 1

Module 1
Schools and Diversity, Inclusion and Intercultural Education
• Aspects of culture and individual cultural backgrounds

• Approaches to understanding diversity in society and education

• Policy, legislation and literature impacting on culture and education

• Effective teaching and learning strategies for the diverse classroom

• The inclusive school: building a shared sense of community

Module 2
School Leadership in Diverse Settings
• School leadership: Concepts and paradigms
• Learning-centred leadership
• Ethical leadership
• Distributed leadership
• School leadership: Practitioner perspectives

Module 3
Teaching English as an Additional Language:
An Intercultural Approach

• Linguistic diversity in the context of intercultural education

• The role of oral language in the development of English language proficiency

• Literacy: supporting the development of English language proficiency

• Developing a whole-school and community approach to teaching English as an additional language

• Assessment & evaluation

Module 4
Religious Diversity and Intercultural Education
• Religious diversity in the context of intercultural education

• Key pedagogical principles underpinning the religious dimension of intercultural education

Encounters with the 'other'; entering into interreligious dialogue

• Learning from the experience of others

• Developing a whole-class and whole-school approach to religious diversity and intercultural education

Year 2
Dissertation Module
• Research methodologies and research ethics
• The research design process
• Research proposal
• Dissertation


ECTS Credits: 90


2 years part-time.

Post Course Info

What are my career options?
Graduates of the course will be well prepared for many leadership and management roles in schools, including principalships. Graduates will be well placed to offer professional development for teachers or to work with pre-service teachers on the topic of intercultural education. Furthermore, graduates could contribute to the field of intercultural education by presenting conference papers and writing journal articles.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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