Education - Modular

The M.Ed degree is a modularised programme and can be attained through a credit accumulation process, the focus being on the continuing professional development of teachers at all levels of education. Students can design their own special programme from the available modules to suit their own professional specialisation, research areas and personal interests. However, students should note that a minimum and maximum quota of students will be applied to each module. In 2017, selection of students was based on teaching qualification, academic record, professional experience and the online supplementary Candidates Statement submitted to PAC.
CKE59 - MEd Modular (120 credit route): Applicants meeting the initial entry requirements should apply for the 120 credit route.
CKE67 - MEd Modular (60 credit route): Applicants meeting the initial entry requirements and who have an approved postgraduate diploma in the general education area or equivalent (with an honours grade) should apply for the 60 credit route. Equivalencies are subject to the School and College approval.

A total of 120 credits, or 60 credits in the case of a holder of one of the approved diplomas, must be completed. Students are limited to studying a maximum of 30 credits in any one semester (for example a maximum 60 credits in any one year). Teaching periods are September-December and January-March/April).

Why Choose This Course?

The M.Ed degree course is grounded in current educational issues.

The range and choice of modules available make the course relevant to all members of the teaching community.

The course is organised and timetabled to suit the schedule of working teachers.

Its' modular and flexible structure allows credits to be accumulated over a two to five year period depending on individual students' choices and circumstances.

Connecting educational research is linked to professional practice experiences throughout the course.

Entry requirements

To apply for entry to the M.Ed degree modular programme you must hold:
-a primary degree and the Professional Master of Education (formerly the Postgraduate/Higher Diploma in Education) with a second class honours in one (or its' equivalent)
-or have a second class honours BEd degree, (or its' equivalent)
-or have a second class honours BSc (Education in Physical Sciences), (or its' equivalent)
-or have a second class honours Grade 1 (2H1) BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years & Childhood Studies (or its' equivalent)

Professional teaching experience, equivalent to five full years (excluding initial teacher education), will be considered as an honours equivalent.

Furthermore applicants must also possess a minimum of one year's post teacher education professional teaching experience, or certified equivalent (e.g. research in schools, voluntary work with schools, working with school teams).

In addition to the above requirements, applicants who have achieved at least a second class honours grade in one of the following postgraduate diplomas (or equivalent – equivalencies are subject to School and College approval) will be eligible to apply for the 60 credit route: (CKE67)

Approved Postgraduate Diplomas:
Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Administration
Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership
Postgraduate Diploma in the Teaching of Religious Education
Postgraduate Diploma in the Teaching of Science in the Primary School
Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education Needs/Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Support/Compensatory and Remedial Education
Postgraduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies (CSPE)
Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling
Postgraduate Diploma in Italian/Spanish for Post-Primary Teachers
Postgraduate Diploma in English and the Teaching of English
An tArd Teastas i dTeagasc agus i Litriocht na Gaeilge

English Language Requirement

IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent. Further information on English Language Requirements can be found at

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .


1 to 5 years
Teaching Mode: Part-Time

The programme can be studied in a flexible timescale within a 5 year period.

(This is a part-time Modular Programme and is open to Irish/EU Students only).

Number of credits

60 or 120

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information

The MEd offers:
Continuing professional development for educators at all levels. A broad knowledge of educational studies and an introduction to key research in this area. Critical reflection on educational theory and classroom practice.

Skills needed to conduct a research study and write a dissertation.

M.Ed degree graduates have gone on to other posts in the education sector, e.g. school Principals, the inspectorate, college lectureships, research positions and the professional development service for teachers.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Anita Cronin
+ 353 21 490 2467
Claire Dooley
+353 (0)21 490 2467

Subjects taught

The M.Ed degree offers a variety of taught modules that focus on core areas of the course, e.g. early childhood education, literacy, second language teaching, mathematics, information and communications technology, physical and health education.

The course also explores contemporary issues for education – teaching, learning and assessment, childhood, equality and diversity, socio-cultural perspectives, and special educational needs – reflecting the diverse needs and interests of those who take this course.

Modules are informed and driven by research, and are assessed by project work that links your professional settings to contemporary educational research. This leads to a dissertation based on your professional educational research interests.

Further details on the content and modules are available in the following link to University Postgraduate Academic Calendar: Calendar - Book of Modules

Modules to be offered in 2018-19 are currently being developed for publication. Listed below for information are modules that were delivered on the MEd Modular programme over the last three years. Some of these modules will be included for 2018-19 along with new offerings.
Perspectives on Literacy Development
Models of Childhood in Postmodern Culture
Second Language Learning
Second/Foreign Language Teaching: Innovative Practice for the 21st Century
The Arts in Education
Early Childhood Education: Past, Present, Potential
Teaching Children to Think
The Inclusion of Pupils with Special Educational Needs: Opportunities, Challenges, Dilemmas
Topics in Mathematics Education
ICT in Teaching and Learning
Learning as Identity: Teaching Implications
Developments in Teaching and Evaluation of Teachers
Sport Pedagogy in Physical Education and Youth Sport
The Education of Pupils with Selected Categories of Special Educational Needs
Perspectives on Play and Experiential Learning in Early Childhood
Children's Literature and Pedagogy
Developing Numeracy in the Classroom
Researching Contemporary Classroom Methodologies
Intersections of Identity and Practice in Inclusive and Special Education
Child Development, Play and Active Learning in Early Childhood

All students are required to complete the ED6035 dissertation module (30 credits). Students are advised that the dissertation module is normally taken only on completion of the required number of other taught modules.

Dissertation students are required to attend and participate in a series of compulsory research seminars and independently prepare a research proposal on their chosen research area. Students must then write a dissertation of 15,000 words under the supervision of an allocated Staff member.


Course Practicalities
Lectures are timetabled to facilitate working teachers. Each 15 credit module is timetabled for two hours (e.g.5-7 pm or7-9 pm) on one night per week. Lectures are currently timetabled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the two 12-week semesters (September-December and January-March/April). You can register for a maximum of 30 credits in any one teaching period.

Should you have any specific query regarding lectures of the various modules the staff of the School of Education namely Claire Dooley/ Anita Cronin will be able to advise you thereon and can be contacted at the following :
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Tel: +353 (0)21 490 2467

Assessment method

All assessment of M.Ed degree modules is by project work (normally 5,000 words), leading to the completion of a 15,000 word dissertation based on your professional research interests. There are no end-of-year written examinations. All M.Ed degree modules feature readings, reflections, presentations and other in-class assignments.

Application date

Applications for 2019 start dates will open on November 1st 2018.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means we offer places four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. We advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

For all completed applications received by January 11th 2019
Offers will be made:Offers will be made by January 25th 2019

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by March 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by May 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offer will be made by July 15th 2019

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 2nd September 2019

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