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Education & the Law

Programme Description

Litigation is now a common feature of life in educational environments and the challenges it presents demand access to expertise which offers perspectives on how these challenges might be addressed. This MA / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate programme brings together education, legislation, theory and practice.

It enables participants to engage with, discuss and reflect on national and European legislation and case law relating to education in a critical and informed manner. It will inform the development of best practice in educational settings at a local level thereby seeking to ensure compliance with relevant legislative provisions.

Entry requirements

Level 8 Undergraduate Degree (H2.2) or equivalent. For students without the relevant academic qualification but with relevant previous experience, recognition for prior learning can be awarded.


Two modules are offered per academic year. The modules are delivered over one semester (8-12 weeks).

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

This programme will be of benefit to those working in, or in partnership with, educational institutions/ settings. The programme is suitable for candidates who wish to progress further in their professional sector and are already in employment.

It aims to enhance professional knowledge and it is designed to provide a student-centred, accessible, flexible, coherent framework for the personal, professional and academic development of participants. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own work practices and to link their study to their working environment.

Further enquiries

Program Administrator

Education Department

T: 353 71-9195550 / 071 9143580


Subjects taught

Programme Content and Structure

There are currently four modules to choose from in Stage 1 and 2 compulsory modules in Stage 2 (MA year).

Stage 1 modules are as follows:

• Legal issues in the Educational Setting

• Minors/Vulnerable Adults and the Law

• Data Protection, Social Media and Intellectual Property in the Educational Setting

• Employment and Equality in the Educational Setting

Stage 2 Modules (core modules):

• Advanced Research Module

• Dissertation Module

Students successfully completing 45 ECTS of modules in Stage 1 of the programme continue to Stage 2 where they undertake the Advanced Research Module and the Dissertation Module and exit with a Master of Arts (Education and the Law).

Alternatively, students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate on successfully completing 30 ECTS (2 modules) or with a Postgraduate Diploma on successfully completing 60 ECTS (4 modules). Students may also study standalone modules and exit with 15 ECTS (NFQ, Level 9) upon successful completion of a module.

Two Stage 1 modules may be offered annually while Stage 2 will be offered annually. Participants may commence the programme at any stage.

Application date

Enrolment and start dates

Next intake September 2019

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