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Education Studies - Inquiry-Based Learning

What is the Master in 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. 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.

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.


2 years part-time.

Number of credits

ECTS Credits: 90

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
Introduction to Education Studies

This module gives a broad overview of education studies to students as they embark on the Masters course. The aims of the module are as follows:

• To prepare students for deep engagement with the Master in Education Studies course

• To encourage students to write about education, inspired by experience and by reading

• To identify and engage with contemporary issues in education and reflect on them through various perspectives such as history, philosophy, psychology, sociology and experience, using multiple media, such as film, visual arts, music and poetry

• To analyse the relationship between pedagogy and education

• To explore the purpose of education and how this has changed over time

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
Choose on elective from those available. Sample options are:

• Religious Diversity and Intercultural Education, Schools and Diversity

• Inclusion and Intercultural Education

• Teaching English as an Additional Language: An Intercultural Approach

• Human Rights, Human Rights Education and Intercultural Education

• Early Childhood Education – Policy and Practice

• Language and Literacy

Year 2

Dissertation Module
Research methodologies and research ethics

The research design process
– Research proposal
– Dissertation


Award Level: NFQ 9
Awarding body: Trinity College Dublin,
The University of Dublin

Assessment method

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.

Enrolment and start dates

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