Course Overview

Important: this course is NOT on offer For Entry 2021.

The Professional Diploma in Education Studies is offered by the School of Education at NUI Galway covering a number specialist content areas. The Professional Diploma in Education Studies (Leading Innovation) is a qualification in leading innovative learning in schools. It will be delivered through distance education and supported with an online/blended approach to engaging learners. It is aimed at education professionals who would like to challenge and/or improve the way they think about their work in a variety of ways. Our course will include some face-to-face sessions and we believe that these combined with more frequent online engagement dimension will provide a dynamic and transformative learning experience for all learners. 

We are committed to developing our students’ critical voice through reading, discussion, peer learning, presentations, critical review, reflection and practical application. This commitment to participative learning experiences will ensure that high quality learning outcomes are achieved.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

  • Dr Paul Flynn, School of Education, NUI Galway
  • Professor Gerry Mac Ruairc, School of Education, NUI Galway

Requirements and Assessment

This programme is assessed through various continuous assessment techniques and project work in each of the following modules: 

Semester 1: Leading Innovation for Inclusive Learning (15 ECTs)

Semester 2: Literacy & Numeracy in 21st Century Classrooms (15 ECTs)

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

A Level 8 Undergraduate Degree (H2.2) or equivalent in education, the social sciences, arts and humanities or other relevant discipline is required.

Additional Requirements


1 year (2 semesters); blended/distance education, part-time

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Important: this course is not on offer For Entry 2021.

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Important: this course is not on offer For Entry 2021.

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Course Outline

The course is delivered in a blended manner comprising one 15 credit module per semester. As options and modules are added students will have more choice in both semesters. The basic structure for students will require a choice of one core and one optional module to complete the programme, (as there are a total of two linked modules at present- both are core). Ideally students should try to work through the full diploma as part of a single cohort over one academic year. There is some flexibility in relation to this—please contact the course administrator in order to discuss your options.

There will be weekly online lecture-discussion forums for 1.5 hours per week based on assigned readings on selected topics on a designated evening. Students are also expected to attend the university for face to face workshops and seminars three times during each semester. The overall course is also supported by a combination of live and pre-recorded online lectures, assigned readings, focused tasks and group based discussions.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

There are four main career pathways:

  1. Permanent or more substantial contract in initial employment as a teacher
  2. Internal promotion within current schools
  3. Job mobility—transfer to other schools
  4. Employment opportunities in education support services

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€2,958 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€2,888 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€70 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

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  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021 PDF (11.3MB)