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MA Education

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA in Education degree course provides graduates who have academic, professional or personal interests in education with an opportunity to pursue these through study and research at postgraduate level.

The programme offers a number of elective modules in Educational Sciences and Professional Development.

Students are exposed to a range of research skills and techniques which enable them to engage with, and produce, high quality educational research (*Please note this is not a professional training programme, applicants who intend to train as secondary school teachers should apply for the Professional Masters in Education)

Vision and Values Statement

This programme is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of educational issues, practices and research in order to pursue or develop a career in education or related disciplines. Criticality, academic capability and reflective professionalism are at the heart of the programme. The learning environment facilitated and structured by the programme is designed to develop constructive engagement with ideas and issue from the world of education, and to offer engagement with distinctive strands in educational sciences, professional development theory, and social research methods. Workshops, symposia, seminars and lectures characterise the programme approach to student engagement and include multi- and trans-disciplinary perspectives which we feel are of value to the contemporary professional. Individual, small-group and full-class activities provide this. Assessment practices reflect this also and are designed in order to offer appropriate modalities to demonstrate learning across key issues, policies and debates within the field of education and education research. It will also help students to develop skills that will enable them to engage with, and produce, educational research. plinary perspectives which we feel are of value to the contemporary professional.

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme, the student will

1. Engage meaningfully with concepts, principles, and values from a range of academic genre and disciplines.

2. Design and implement evidence-based research relevant to educational settings and requirements.

3. Choose between a range of media in order to select appropriate means and modes to communicate critical study, small-scale research and systemic issue and material review.

4. Lead debate and discussion confidently in relation to education systems, arrangements, and practices.

5. Understand the affordances of learning technologies in relation to enhancing learning and research contexts and equally be aware of its drawbacks.

6. Contribute capably to team-based learning.

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for applicants with an upper second class honours, or international equivalent in their primary degree and who demonstrate evidence of interest in educational issues.

•Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.


1 year, Full-time

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Graduates who have graduated with an MA in Education work in a diverse range of careers in education in roles such as: teachers, policy advisors, education professionals, education leaders, education outreach officers, and education and training officers.

Further enquiries

Contact Name:Sarah Conroy
Contact Number:+353 (0)1716 7965

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core


Research Methods

Data Analysis

Stage 1 - Option

Professional Development: Digital Learning Design

Education Sciences: Psychology Applied to Schools

Leading a Learning Organisation

Responding to the Additional Support Needs of Learners : Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

Research Design

Advanced Research Methods 1(Qualitative)

Educational Psychology and Positive Psychology

Children's Rights & Participation

Contemporary Issues

School leadership and the quality of teaching and learning: actors, agency, activities

Guiding Effective T & L

Curriculum and Assessment

Students, Schools & Society

Equalities and Social Justice for Children

Philosophical Perspectives on Education and Childhood

Children's Literature

Mental Health & Wellbeing

History of Childhood&Learning

Application date

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Applicants are expected to hold a good honours degree, and to show evidence of interest in educational issues.

The following entry routes are available:

MA Education FT (W027)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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