The Master of Education is designed for educators who wish to pursue in-depth study in education for both professional and personal development. This programme offers the opportunity to educators to expand their knowledge within a special option.

The MEd is a two year part time programme. In the first year students undertake three core modules and three modules in their chosen special option, In the second year of the programme students undertake a thesis with the support of a supervising tutor.

2018/19 Special Options:

On campus
•Special Option 1 - Physical Education
•Special Option 2 - Leadership in Science Education
•Special Option 3 - History, Geography and Local Studies
•Special Option 4 - Digital Learning
•Special Option 5 - Socially Inclusive Music Education
•Special Option 6 - Global Citizenship and Human Rights Education
•Special Option 7 - Special and Inclusive Education

Online/Distance Education
•Special Option 8 - Educational Leadership
•Special Option 9 - Teaching and Learning
•Special Option 10 - Special and Inclusive Education

Further Special Options information on IoE Postgraduate Programme page

The Master of Education programme combines educational theory and applied studies and assists learners in the development of up-to-date knowledge in a chosen area of specialisation and beyond. The programme incorporates current educational thinking and the most effective pedagogical practices within a wide range of contemporary educational issues.

The key focus of the programme is that it offers students an opportunity to develop expertise in a chosen field, to critically reflect on your own practice and thinking, while also engaging with educational research and theory. It provides a grounding in research methodology and contemporary educational issues.

The on-going commitment is to provide our students with the highest academic standards in teaching, learning and research, while supporting and fostering differing learning styles and needs.

A benefit of the Master of Education at DCU is that students may choose from a range of special options. The programme is designed for those working within the education sector. This diversity of backgrounds of students, which the special options of the course attracts, leads to a dynamic learning environment.

The programme is delivered by a team of academics and practising experts with applied experience in their fields. A number of special options allow students to pursue the Masters of Education online.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements
Applications are welcome from Primary teachers, post-primary teachers and other professionals in the education community. Candidates are required to have a good honours primary degree, minimum H2.2. Candidates will be interviewed for places.

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


2 years part-time

Careers or further progression

The Master of Education programme is designed to meet the professional and personal needs of teachers and educators.

The course is intended for those who wish to make a significant contribution to the enhancement of professional practice in their chosen special option by reviewing and systematically applying appropriate theories and research to their professional practice.

Further enquiries

t: +353 (01) 884 2394

Application date

Please apply through PAC ( ) by 30th March 2018

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