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Education Leadership

Your Course
This master's programme is a one-year qualification for candidates who have completed either the PDSL or DGCS leadership Diploma. Course content will focus on qualitative and quantitative research approaches with a particular emphasis on critically identifying perspectives on researching school leadership. Students will complete a leadership focused dissertation that will provide an opportunity to demonstrate the ability to engage in primary research and consolidate the learning outcomes achieved in other modules on the PDSL/DGCS programme.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. Masters award for those who have completed the Graduate Diploma in School Leadership or the Dioplóma Gairmiúil I gCeannaireacht Scoile. Find out more:

2. Develop and consolidate expertise in the area of school leadership and research.

3. Engage in a critical exploration of a leadership in a dynamic professional learning community.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Candidates must have completed the PDSL/DGCS in order to be eligible to apply for this course. This is a one-year, top-up programme to enable graduates of the PDSL/DGCS to obtain a master's qualification.


1 year, part-time (Year 2 entry only)

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
School principalship, middle leadership positions in schools, education support services, entry to PhD/ Doctoral studies.

Further enquiries

School of Education
T: +353 91 492 195

Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

Closing date: 31 July 2020

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