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.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally education professionals with both academic qualifications and professional experience. An honours degree or honours postgraduate diploma in education is required.


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. 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.

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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