Education - Adult & Community Education

The MEd in Adult and Community Education is particularly suited to those who are seeking ways of understanding the connections between theoretical frameworks and the assumptions that underpin their work practices. This programme will provide the opportunity for participants to:
•critically reflect on their experience in the field
•develop the public debate on social justice and critical citizenship
•have a thorough grounding and an understanding of the background to and influences on research in 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.

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.

Minimum English language requirements:
• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62

National University of Ireland Maynooth's TOEFL code is 8850


1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

Career Options
The MEd is particularly suited to those who are seeking theoretical frameworks from which to explore and question the assumptions that underpin their work practices and critical reflection.

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Dr Michael Murray / Dr Bríd Connolly
Tel: +353 1 708 3306 / 3591
Fax: +353 1 708 4687
Email: /
Address: Department of Adult and Community Education, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

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.

Closing Date: 30 June 2020

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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