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At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Adult Learning & Development (Masters)
The Master of Arts Degree in Adult Learning and Development is intended to give training, education and human resource practitioners the opportunity to:
- Extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of theories underlying adult learning, training, education and development;
- Apply critical analysis and problem solving skills in the development of new knowledge and practice to the field of adult learning, training, education and development;
- Contribute to the debate on the role of lifelong learning in the context of international experience, government priorities and in the framework of personal and professional development.
NB: Participants have an exit option on successful completion of 60 ECTS. In such cases participants will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Learning and Development (Level 9 NFQ).
Applications and Selections
* Please note applicants are not required to complete the section relating to Leaving Cert results.
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
- Academic: Candidates must have achieved a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree.
- Technological: Candidates must have computer proficiency and access to the internet.
- Experiential: Candidates must possess a minimum of three years’ experience in training and education or other relevant experience.
Candidates for entry may be required to attend for interview prior to being offered a place on the programme. The number of places will be restricted.
2 years, part-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
Next start date
Mode of study
Master of Arts in Adult Learning and Development
Students will attend 1-day and 2-day workshops throughout the academic year (see below). This usually amounts to 14 days in total.
|Modules - YEAR 1
|Human Resource Development and Training for Work||5||1 day|
|The Psychology of Adult Learning and Development||10||2 days|
|Adult Learning Theories and Concepts||5||1 day|
|Teaching and Learning Online||5||1 day|
|Lifelong Learning: Concepts, Context and Issues||10||2 days|
|Social Science Research||10||2 days|
|Modules - YEAR 2
|Learning and the Individual||5||1 day|
|Management and Leadership in Training and Education (Elective)||10||2 days|
|Online Learning Design (Elective)||10||1 days|
Why Choose This Course?
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Find out More
Adult Training and Education Studies
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island
Tel: 091 494061
Fax: 091 528905
What Our Students Say
Annette Murphy | Current Student
I’ve had the most wonderful experience of learning from, and with, my fellow students and faculty members in a constructive and supportive environment. Therefore, I can now say with confidence that I understand, and have personally experienced, what it is like to place a learner at the center of the learning. The facilitative and open approach from faculty and support staff was extremely helpful and demonstrated a genuine desire for each student to achieve success and gain as much as possible from the course.
Seona Joyce | Past Student
This course gave me the flexibility to fit my studies around my lecturing, which made it a practical option for me. While the assessment schedule was demanding at times, the lecturers were very supportive. It gave me great insight into how adults learn so that as well as enhancing my personal development, professionally it enabled me to apply new understanding to my everyday teaching practice.
Orla Fox-Colleran | Past Student
I have transferred what I have learned and I now have a better understanding of different styles of teaching, learning and so much more. It has broadened my horizons both personally and professionally. It’s not easy, but it is worth every minute and every cent spent on it.
ATES Postgraduate Courses Brochure PDF (300 KB)
ATES Undergraduate Courses Brochure PDF (300 KB)
ATES Short Courses Brochure PDF (300 KB)
Adult Learning Prospectus PDF (3.4 MB)
Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2017 PDF (14 MB)
Postgraduate Research Prospectus 2017 PDF (6.4 MB)
Diploma Series Brochure PDF (1.6 MB)
Short Courses Series 2016 PDF (1.4 MB)