Education & Training Management - Leadership

Participants come from all levels of the education system (primary, post-primary, adult and community, and third level) as well as from industry, the health sector, state agencies, and community organizations.

Using a combination of blended and face-to-face sessions structured to support achievement for students undertaking Masters level study while balancing work and family commitments, this programme offers the opportunity to:

Through the course of the programme participants explore the theories of organisational management and leadership, organisational decision making and the psychology of organisational behaviour, change management and culture in organisations.

You learn the key dimensions of the recruitment, selection and retention of human resources.

Gain knowledge and skills in research, culminating in the opportunity to complete a research project of relevance in your own workplace setting.

Subjects taught

The Masters in Education and Training Management (Leadership) programme is a two-year part-time programme. This is a blended programme that takes place on selected Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and on selected Saturdays. The programme commences in late September. The Graduate Diploma element of the programme consists of 6 modules and runs over 3 semesters. The dissertation element is a piece of independent research that takes place in the second year of the programme.

Academic Structures
Programme Academic Structure for 2023 - 2024, MSc in Ed. & Training Mgt (Leadership)
This information is provisional & subject to change.

Part-time Programme Structure
Year 1 Core Modules:
Code Title Credit Semester Exam % CA % Resit Category
ES504 Organisational Management and Decision Making 10 Semester 2 0 100 1
ES584 Leadership and Human Resource Management 10 Semester 1 0 100 1
ES585 Research Design 10 Semester 2 0 100 1
SG502 Organisational Culture and Change 10 Semester 1 0 100 1

Year 2 Core Modules:
Code Title Credit Semester Exam % CA % Resit Category
ES592 Organisational Behaviour and Learning 10 Semester 1 0 100 1
ES593 Entrepreneurial Ed. & Training Management 10 Semester 1 0 100 1
SG500 Action Research 5 Semester 1 0 100 1
SG501 Dissertation 25 Autumn Semester 0 100 2

Year 2 Optional Modules,
Code Title Credit Semester Exam % CA % Resit Category
UM405 Uaneen Non-Contributing Module Year long 0 100 1

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a good honours degree (minimum 2.2) with three years substantial experience working in a recognised education/training environment.

In certain circumstances, applicants not possessing the above qualifications may be considered if they are able to present, at interview, evidence of professional experience and responsibility in a relevant area of work, and high-level interest in the research literature relevant to one of the themes highlighted in the programme. Such applicants will be required to submit a written assignment or portfolio prior to interview.

Candidates should note that an interview is part of the selection process for this programme. Shortlisted candidates are expected to be available for interview. Interview slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. It is not possible to accommodate other interview dates.

Due to the specialist nature of this programme, additional criteria may be used to assess suitability to undertake this programme. For further information, please contact the Programme Chair using the contact details below.

Application dates

Application Deadline
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until the following dates:
Closing date for EU Applicants is the 30th April 2024.

To apply for this programme:
All Applicants must apply through DCU's Student Application Portal which is available at the Application Weblink.

• Provide certified academic transcripts for all years of study at college or university in original language*, with certified English translations if applicable.
• Provide a copy of passport.
• Provide a personal statement of 500 words, outlining your reasons for applying.
• Where an applicant is in their final year of their undergraduate degree, please submit certified transcripts for all years completed to date.

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition to the above, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language which meets DCU entry requirements

If you require a study visa and are a Non EU student, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

All entry requirements should be met before the commencement of the programme.

Queries on Completed Applications
Queries from EU applicants should be directed to
Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to


2 years part-time, blended learning.

Enrolment dates

The programme commences in September 2024.

Post Course Info

The MSc in Education and Training Management (Leadership) at DCU is a management qualification. It builds on a long heritage equipping educators moving into, or holding, leadership roles with the knowledge and skills to succeed in those roles. It is the ideal qualification for those who wish to progress in their current employment environment connected to the broad education and training sector including schools, industry training, health and many areas of public sector management.

For others, the MSc as a management qualification has allowed participants to make a career change. Participants have moved into industry training roles, and the academy. The dissertation in particular allows this opportunity to build a new career pathway.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Evening,Part time,Weekend

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