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This level 9 (90 credits) taught Masters course is offered on a modular basis. This means students can choose how many modules they take each semester and design their own programme to suit their lifestyle. Each module counts for 10 credits. With this flexibility, students may complete their Master’s degree full-time over the course of one year or part-time over the course of a number of years. It is possible to study modules of particular interest without completing a Masters degree or to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies after completing 60 credits.

The Master of Education course is designed for primary and post-primary teachers, aspiring and existing leaders, early childhood educators, and other students and professionals interested in the field of educational studies. It aims to develop a deeper understanding of professional practice and the field of education as an academic discipline.

Course Structure

Students can choose between taking a Specialism and taking a General degree with the option of completing either a Thesis or a Capstone Project at the end of the programme. Key features of both options are outlined in the table below.

Specialism Option

General Option

Four M.Ed Specialisms are on offer:


  • Educational Leadership
  • Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Care and Education (in conjunction with Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education)
  • Social Justice Education


Students will write a Thesis or Capstone project within their Specialism


Students choosing the M.Ed. General will have more choice in module offerings.


Students can write their Thesis or Capstone Project on a topic of interest, chosen in conjunction with a supervisor.


A range of educational research methodologies are taught as key components of the course to support students in developing the necessary research skills to conduct their own research, and to interpret and interrogate research around key educational issues.

The Thesis will count for 30 credits and a Capstone Project will count for 20 credits of the Master of Education. Modules will be delivered on various weekday evenings or as intensive courses over weekends or during the summer.

For more information https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/education/master-education-20172018

Duration: 1 year Full-time

PAC Code


The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport. Applicants are only required to submit the names and contact details of 2 referees.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

Visit the Master of Education (FT) page on the Maynooth University website for more details!




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