Education - Adult & Community Education

The Masters provides the space and support for critical reflection on the professional experience of adult education in the field, helping students to understand and contribute to the public debate on social justice and critical citizenship and to develop a thorough grounding in the background and influences of research on adult and community education.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a primary degree with a minimum grade of 2:1 in one of the social sciences (adult education, community work, social care, sociology, political science, economics, psychology, anthropology, education etc.) or have a minimum grade of 2:1 in the Postgraduate Diploma in Adult, Community and Further Education/the Higher Diploma in Further Education where candidates must achieve the grade of 2:1 on foundational modules: aociology of adult and further education, philosophy of adult education and psychology of human development. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.

Please note: The University may waive these conditions in certain cases. Selection will be based on application, interview and references. The interview will include a discussion of the candidate's proposed research topic.


MHA92 1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

For professionals working in the adult education sector including further education, this course provides the theoretical frameworks with which to explore and question the assumptions that underpin their workplace experience. It will also enable them to build critical reflection with respect to power relationships (among them gender, class, race, ethnicity and disability), pedagogical approaches and professional practice.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Dr Michael Murray / Dr Bríd Connolly
Tel: +353 1 708 3306 / 3591
Fax: +353 1 708 4687
Email: /
Web: /adult-and-community-education

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include advanced gender studies, advanced theories in adult and community education, ethical perspectives, power and politics, research methodology and group supervision and reflexive research.


Adult and Community Education at Maynooth is at the forefront of development in adult educational practices, research, and innovation in Ireland. The Department has influenced policy development on equality of access to education, professionalisation of the sector, lifelong learning, and recognition of prior learning. The Department is recognised as a leader in outreach programmes for third level education.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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