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Master of Education

  • Part time available
  • Please contact [email protected]
  • September
  • 2 or more years, up to 8 years part-time

Course Description

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.

Due to the flexible nature of the programme, students can choose to complete modules at their own pace and can take one or more modules per year, up to 8 years. Students can opt for a M.Ed with Specialism or M.Ed. General. It is possible to study modules of particular interest without completing a Masters degree. Students, for example, might also exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies after completing 60 credits.

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.

It aims to develop a deeper understanding of professional practice and the field of education as an academic discipline, and through the specialisms it allows a student to deepen their knowledge in a particular area of interest.

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

Entry Requirements

This modular-based course will enhance the academic study of education in a supportive environment, through a reflective exploration of the practice, policy and theory of education. Applicants will hold the equivalent of an honours degree and/or honours postgraduate diploma.Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

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