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Higher Diploma in Further Education

Maynooth University    Department of Adult and Community Education

Full time See Course Other 1 year Full-time

About the course

The Higher Diploma in Further Education is a post-graduate programme for anyone working in, or seeking to work in, an environment where Further Education (FE) awards (QQI or equivalent) are offered. These include, but are not limited to, FE Colleges, Community Education, Youthreach Centres, Charities and private providers.

This course is particularly suited to those already working with adult learning groups, particularly where this is in a setting that delivers QQI awards. If this is you, it may help to stabilise and advance your career prospects. It also allows you to take some space to reflect on your practice and the ideas that underpin it. 

Course Structure

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Entry Requirements

You need to fulfil one of the following criteria:
an honours degree (level 8);
an ordinary degree (level 7) with relevant experience;
another professional qualification (equivalent to 180 credits at level 7) with a minimum of three years’ relevant experience in vocational or instructional settings - applicants via this route will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to successful progression through a recognition of prior learning process.

 Course Content

Where is Maynooth University


These postgraduate scholarships for Masters study are funded with the support of the Alumni Affinity Card and provide graduates of Maynooth University (including the graduating class of 2018) with a €5,000 scholarship towards fees for a full-time Taught Master's programme at Maynooth University.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must intend to pursue a
full-time Taught Master’s degree at the University commencing meet the following eligibility criteria:
1. A minimum overall result of 65% in an Honours Bachelor’s degree from
Maynooth University. Applicants should apply before they receive
their exam results.
2. Satisfy the entry requirements of the Maynooth University Taught Master’s
Programme they intend to undertake.

The scholarship is not open to those who have already commenced or have previously
undertaken a Master’s programme.

A minimum 65% honours level 8 undergraduate degree result and a personal statement is required.

Application Procedure

Apply online via: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships
An application guide is available on the online application system to guide you step by
step through the application process.
For further information please email: masters.scholarships@mu.ie or tel. 01-

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