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Master in Education - MEd


Trinity College Dublin    School of Education

Part time September Other 2-3 years part-time

About the course

The M.Ed. programme is designed for learners who wish to develop and enrich their own knowledge and practice in their specific areas of education and who aspire to leadership positions.

M.Ed. students register on one of the twelve strands of the programme, giving them the opportunity to further their understanding of educational theory and research, contemporary issues, and practice and policy issues within their specialisms. All students also attend a common research module.

The M.Ed. programme is a modular programme and prospective applicants study on a part-time basis over two or three years.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to hold a good honours degree (2:1) and have at least two years’ experience in the field of education (or similar). In order to complete the application, the applicant will require electronic copies of their undergraduate degree transcripts, the email addresses of two academic referees, and an up-to-date CV.


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Jamie Herlihy (M.Ed. 2014) - The Desmond School of Music and Theatre

My time undertaking the Drama in Education programme at Trinity College was a memorable and stimulating experience. The instructors are incredible minds whose passion is inspiring and infectious. They are also prominent figures in the field and intently interested in the use of drama across a wide range of disciplines.

As a second level English and Music teacher, I did not have any prior theoretical foundation in drama. My background experience lay in performance and active methodologies in the classroom. In this regard, the summer school aspect of the course ensured to provide each student with both a practical and theoretical understanding of new concepts. This 'hands-on approach' allowed us ample opportunity for further study relating to our individual interest.

As a part-time student, I sometimes found studying away from the campus challenging. However, I must commend the School of Education for its wonderful support network. Our class were affirmed in their research though regular communication and online mentoring given by the course instructors. One of the highlights for me was getting the opportunity to meet and share ideas with like-minded individuals from all around the world who have now become life-long contacts and friends.

Completing the M.Ed. programme has also had a significant impact on my professional life and since graduating, I have taken a career break to establish my own school – "The Desmond School of Music and Theatre" in my hometown. This would not have been possible without the knowledge and skills that I acquired during my time at Trinity.

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