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Education Studies - Intercultural Education

What Is The Master In Education Studies (intercultural Education)?
What is the Master in Education Studies (Intercultural Education)?
The Master in Education Studies (Intercultural Education) is an innovative course, which uses a blended approach of face-to-face and online learning. It is open to applicants with primary and post-primary teaching experience. It is particularly relevant to those interested in social justice, equality and diversity.

Who is the course for?
This course is for educators who want to better understand the role of education in a diverse society. The Master in Education Studies (Intercultural Education) is rooted in principles of social justice and equality, and is relevant for all educators.

What will I study?
Students on this course will study four discrete modules in first year; namely, schools and diversity, inclusion and intercultural education; teaching English as an additional language; religious diversity and intercultural education; and human rights, human rights education, and interculturalism. In year two, 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.

What Are The Programme Aims?
• To develop students’ competence in the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to interculturalism

• To enable students to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to educating children and young people in a variety of settings, e.g. primary, post-primary, tertiary, and non-formal sector, in the area of intercultural education

• To provide students with a high level of theoretical understanding and critical awareness of key issues in intercultural education

• To develop students’ competence in relation to “culturally relevant pedagogy”

• To enable students to conduct original research in the area of intercultural education

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
An honours degree (level 8) with a second class honours or higher, and at least 3 years teaching experience or equivalent professional experience. Candidates may be shortlisted and invited to attend an interview and complete a written assignment as appropriate.


2 years part-time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

What are my career options?
Graduates of the programme would be well prepared for many leadership and management roles in schools, including principal ships. Graduates would 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.

Further enquiries

Marino Institute of Education
Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9 Ireland
t: +353 1 805 7700
f: +353 1 833 5290

Subjects taught

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:
Teaching English as an additional language: an intercultural approach:
• Linguistic diversity i n 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 3:
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 inter religious dialogue
• Learning from the experience of others
• Developing a whole-class and whole-school approach to religious diversity and intercultural education.

Module 4:
Human rights, human rights education, and interculturalism:
• Introduction to human rights and human rights education
• Human rights education in schools
• Human rights and multiculturalism
• Human rights and interculturalism
• Global human rights and the intercultural classroom.

Year 2:
Module 5:
Research Methodology:
• Research methodologies and research ethics
• The research design process.

Module 6:
Research proposal and Dissertation.


Awarding body:
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Award level: NFQ 9

Assessment method

How Is The Programme Assessed?
Assessment is linked to the modular nature of the programme. It consists of assignments, case studies and a literature review in Year 1, followed by a research proposal and dissertation in Year 2.

Course fee

Contact the Institute directly for details of fees for programmes in 2017–2018.

Enrolment and start dates

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