Course Overview

The one-year Master of Education (Special and Inclusive Education) offers teachers who have successfully completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational (PGDSEN) the opportunity to continue their study and conduct educational research that will assist them further in effectively supporting students with special educational needs in their schools. The course includes, complements, and develops learning that has taken place during the PDSEN, with an additional core focus being on the development of participants’ research literacy and personal research skills.

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Adopt a critical stance in their reading of existing research.
  • Critically discuss ontological and epistemological concerns in educational research.
  • Identify and justify appropriate methods for investigating a well-refined research question(s) in the context of their minor thesis.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of current knowledge at the forefront of learning in special and inclusive education by conducting a literature review in a chosen area.
  • Design and plan small-scale quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods primary research or secondary research.
  • Understand, explain and demonstrate compliance with key ethical responsibilities associated with research involving human participants (especially vulnerable populations).
  • Gather, scrutinise and reflect upon data in the context of set research objectives.
  • Conduct basic descriptive and inferential analyses using IBM SPSS, and report and present findings appropriately.
  • Analyse qualitative data using appropriate techniques, and report and present findings in an aligned manner.
  • Synthesise research findings and critically evaluate them in the context of existing knowledge in the chosen area.
  • Reflect on the role of the researcher in the research process.
  • Demonstrate insight into the chosen research area by making recommendations that effectively communicate the outcomes and implications of the research.

Applications and Selections

Advanced entry into the Master of Education (Special and Inclusive Education) is restricted to candidates who have successfully completed the PGDSEN and obtained an award of H2.1 or higher within the past five years. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis so early application is advisable. Applications can be made online. For further information please contact the course director, Dr. Niamh Flynn, email:

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Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry is restricted to teachers who have recently completed the Postgraduate Diploma in SEN and obtained a H2.1 award or higher.

Additional Requirements


1 year, part-time

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

31 July 2022

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting



Course code


Course Outline

Students will complete a dissertation focused on special and inclusive education that will provide an opportunity to demonstrate the ability to engage in primary research and consolidate the learning outcomes achieved in other modules on the PDSEN programme.

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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

For education professionals, it is vital that their practice is evidence-based; that is, informed by the latest high quality research. This MEd programme will enable participants to become research engaged and literate, as well as to conduct small-scale yet significant educational research to a high professional standard in the rapidly evolving area of special and inclusive education. The knowledge and skills acquired through the completion of this course will advance the professional development of teachers who currently work, or wish to work, in SEN teaching, co-ordination and leadership roles in primary and post-primary schools.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,946 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€4,806 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,216 p.a. 2021/22

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Dr Niamh Flynn
Course Director
T: +353 91 494 071

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  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2022

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