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ProfDip Education Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)

The Professional Diploma in Education Studies programme is aimed at students who have an interest in deepening their knowledge of education matters and professionals working in areas related to education. The programme encourages students to engage broadly with education sciences and professional development. Students can select from a broad range of interdisciplinary subjects or develop their own strand within the diploma, such as focusing on the area of Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Students must complete 30 credits from a wide range of modules on offer in the School. The programme enables students to engage broadly with education sciences and professional development or to develop their own strand within the diploma, such as Mental Health and Wellbeing.

On successful completion of the programme, students will have gained sufficient grounding in the theories and issues in the education world and have engaged with concepts, principles, and values from a wide range of academic genres and disciplines

Students will critically assess certain key theoretical, policy, and practical approaches to education as informed by the cognate disciplines of education and prevailing influences on educational practice.

Who should apply?
Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The Professional Diploma in Education Studies (PDES) is open to graduates with a general interest in Education and to qualified teachers who wish to continue their studies in Education issues such as teaching children with additional support needs, children's rights, curriculum and pedagogy, mentoring as professional development and mental health and wellbeing.

Entry requirements

Candidates applying to this programme will normally hold an honours degree at undergraduate level from a recognized higher education institution. We welcome international applicants and advise that applicants, whose first language is not English, should have an IELTS overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6, or equivalent. Only applicants who have met the English language results will be considered.


One year part-time programme delivered over two semesters.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Sarah Conroy
Contact Number:01 716 7965

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option

Professional Development: Digital Learning Design EDUC40270

Education Sciences: Psychology Applied to Schools EDUC40310

Leading a Learning Organisation EDUC40410

Responding to the Additional Support Needs of Learners (1): Theoretical and Practical Perspectives EDUC40420

Critical Policy Analysis EDUC41500

Educational Psychology and Positive Psychology EDUC41510

Children's Rights & Participation EDUC41520

Contemporary Issues EDUC41620

School leadership and the quality of teaching and learning: actors, agency, activities EDUC41640

Global Classroom EDUC41990

Guiding Effective T & L EDUC42090

Equalitiy and Social Justice in Children's Learning EDUC42590

Curriculum and Pedagogy EDUC42610

Philosophical Perspectives on Education and Childhood EDUC42650

Mentoring as Professional Dev EDUC42770

Children's Literature EDUC42780

Mindfulness for Schools: Learning from the Inside Out EDUC42870

Mental Health & Wellbeing EDUC42880

History of Mental Health EDUC42900

Assessment method

The programme is assessed by continuous assessment (projects and assignments). Results are awarded at first class honours, second class honours or pass levels.

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

Professional Diploma Education Studies PT (W314)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Part 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: 2017/2018 September.

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

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