The Master of Education course is designed for primary and post-primary teachers, aspiring and existing leaders, early childhood educators, and other students and professionals interested in the field of educational studies. It aims to develop a deeper understanding of professional practice and the field of education as an academic discipline.

This level 9 (90 credits) taught Masters course is offered on a modular basis. This means students can choose how many modules they take each semester and design their own programme to suit their lifestyle. Each module counts for 10 credits. With this flexibility, students may complete their Master's degree full-time over the course of one year or part-time over the course of a number of years. It is possible to study modules of particular interest without completing a Masters degree or to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies after completing 60 credits.

Entry requirements

The Master of Education MH52G is not a teacher training course. It does not confer qualified teaching status.

This modular-based course will enhance the academic study of education in a supportive environment, through a reflective exploration of the practice, policy and theory of education. Applicants will hold the equivalent of an honours degree and/or honours postgraduate diploma.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth's TOEFL code is 8850


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Career Options
It aims to develop a deeper understanding of professional practice and the field of education as an academic discipline, and through the specialisms it allows a student to deepen their knowledge in a particular area of interest.

Further enquiries

Programme Director
Dr. Caitriona O'Toole
Executive Assistant Georgina Sherlock
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3656 / 3472
Address: Education Department, Education House,
Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Subjects taught

Students can choose between taking a Specialism and taking a General degree with the option of completing either a Thesis or a Capstone Project at the end of the programme. Key features of both options are outlined in the table below.

Specialism Option
General Option

Four M.Ed Specialisms are on offer:

•Educational Leadership
•Teacher Education
•Early Childhood Care and Education (in conjunction with Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education)
•Social Justice Education

General Option
Students choosing the M.Ed. General will have more choice in module offerings.

Students can write their Thesis or Capstone Project on a topic of interest, chosen in conjunction with a supervisor.

Students will write a Thesis or Capstone project within their Specialism

A range of educational research methodologies are taught as key components of the course to support students in developing the necessary research skills to conduct their own research, and to interpret and interrogate research around key educational issues.

The Thesis will count for 30 credits and a Capstone Project will count for 20 credits of the Master of Education. Modules will be delivered on various weekday evenings or as intensive courses over weekends or during the summer.


Maynooth University Department of Education is at the forefront of postgraduate teacher education, leadership, and guidance and counselling in Ireland. We are concerned with the study of education and provide an energetic, dynamic, interdisciplinary research culture. We are engaged in a broad range of educational research. We work to develop and critique the provision of education, and we provide a series of courses aimed at education professionals.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing Date : 21 March 2019

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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