Master of Education

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

Please note GYA47 Master of Education is a separate programme to the Initial Teacher Education programme, the Professional Master of Education (PEG01)
A teaching qualification, or equivalent, is one of the entry requirements to GYA47 Master of Education.
The Master of Education (MEd) is a newly-designed, two-year, part-time, modular postgraduate programme. In year one, students complete six modules which include elements of the Educational Sciences and Professional Studies. In year two, the taught research methodology module is specifically designed to equip participants with the necessary research skills to enable students to complete a minor research thesis. Teaching and learning strategies include lectures, workshops, tutorials and seminars.

With participants from a wide range of educational contexts and disciplines, the M.Ed. offers a dynamic learning environment that aims to foster collaborative learning. Given the nature of the programme, there is a strong emphasis on developing the capacity for self-directed learning and research, with appropriate support from academic staff and a personal supervisor. Specifically, the programme aims to provide participants with the opportunity to a) re-engage with theory, research and practice in elements of the Educational Sciences and Professional Studies, and to b) design and conduct a piece of educational research to a high professional standard.


Key facts

Entry requirements

  • Primary degree, and

  • Teaching qualification, or equivalent.

  • Honours standard in at least one of the above.

  • Generally, two to three years professional experience is required.

Duration: 2 years, part-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 120

Average intake: 20

Closing date: 26th June 2015 (extended date)

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The programme combines a taught element with research in the field of education. It is comprised of two components, totalling 60 ECTS credits. Classes take place on Wednesdays during term from 5–9pm, along with sessions during school mid-term breaks and potentially during other holidays.


Programme Structure:

Year One: 60 ECTS

1. Psychology of Learning and Teaching (10 ECTS)
2. Sociology of Education (10 ECTS)
3. Leadership and Policy Development (10 ECTS)
4. Contemporary Classroom Methodologies (10 ECTS)
5. Professional Practice (10 ECTS)
6. Critical Reading and Academic Writing (10 ECTS)

(Modules offered may vary from year to year)

Year Two: 60 ECTS

1. Research Methodologies (15 ECTS)
2. Minor Thesis (45 ECTS)

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above. Selection criteria is based on the applicant's prior academic achievement on the qualifying award(s) and the standard of the personal statement.

Who teaches this course?

All members of academic staff in the School of Education contribute to the programme. Further information is available at:

Requirements and assessment

Assessment is by means of a number of module-linked assignments and a minor research thesis of 20 - 25,000 words.

Find out more

Dr. Elaine Keane
Programme Director
School of Education, Nuns Island
National University of Ireland, Galway 

T: +353 91 493 032

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €4,495 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,271 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

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