Course Overview

The Professional Master of Education (PME) at NUI Galway is a recognised postgraduate qualification for teaching (post-primary) and provides the professional knowledge, understanding and pedagogical skills required to become a teacher.

The PME is a two year full-time programme for graduates and is accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland for the purposes of registration as a post-primary teacher (Pupils 12–18 years) in Ireland and the EU, as well as other English- speaking countries. 

A provisional PME Academic Calendar for 2019/20 is available here

Please note that we also provide this course through Irish

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Applications and Selections

All applications for the Professional Master of Education (PME) are made through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC).   

Prior to entry into the PME, all applicants must complete a subject declaration form for return to the Teaching Council for each subject. The completed forms are to be submitted with a candidate’s application through the Postgraduate Applications Centre.

Post-qualification with the PME graduates’ registration as a teacher in the post-primary school system in the Republic of Ireland is regulated by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

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

Continuous assessment through written assignments, collaborative and research projects.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

The minimum requirement is a primary degree, Level 8 (or equivalent international qualification) deemed eligible by the Teaching Council for the purposes of registration as a post- primary teacher. More information:

Additional Requirements

School Placement
Throughout each of the two years of the programme students have two school placements (one per year).
Students are responsible for securing their own school placement for PME Year 1 prior to registration on the programme. The requirements for the PME Year 1 placement are outlined in the FAQs document (see ‘Find Out More’ link). Please note: All students registering on the PME will be subject to Garda Vetting in compliance with the University's policy.


2 years, full-time

Next start date

September 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

28 February 2020

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting




Course code

Visit for relevant PAC application codes

Course Outline

Course Content

Year 1 modules:

  • Professional Studies
  • Educational Sciences
  • Professional Practice/School Placement
  • Subject Teaching Methodologies

Year 2 modules:

  • Practitioner Based Research
  • Professional Practice/School Placement
  • Subject Teaching Methodologies

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This new qualification in Initial Teacher Education at Master’s level will qualify graduates for employment as a post-primary teacher and is recognised in Ireland, Europe and non-EU countries.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,500 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Tuition

€5,276 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Non EU

€15,350 p.a. 2020/21

Please note:  The fee payable by EU students is listed under "Fees: EU".  This field is the sum of the student levy + tuition.  Fees are payable each year and are subject to change year-on-year.

The Professional Master of Education is a two year, full-time programme.  EU fees for each year of this programme are €5,300.  You may have paid €260 deposit to PAC to accept your place for year 1. Once you register this will become part payment against your fees due and you will be liable for the balance.

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  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020 PDF (21 MB)

  • School of Education brochure 2019

    School of Education brochure 2019 PDF (3mb)

  • PME Frequently Asked Questions

    PME Frequently Asked Questions PDF (189KB)

  • PME Academic Calendar

    PME Academic Calendar PDF (228KB)

  • DES Post-Primary Schools Nov 2017

    DES Post-Primary Schools Nov 2017 XLS (82KB)