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Aggression Studies

School of Education, Trinity College, Dublin

Master in Education
(Aggression Studies)

Applications can now be made for the Master in Education Aggression Studies programme organised by the School of Education Trinity College Dublin.[please see full details here (PDF)]

Aims of the programme

The principal aim of the M.Ed. (Aggression Studies) programme is to provide school personnel with the knowledge and skills they need in order to undertake practical work against bullying, harassment and violence within school and educational communities based on whole-school / community principles, and informed by best national and international practice. To these ends, course participants study the psychology of aggressive behaviour and child and adolescent development, before proceeding towards the consideration of the means of
preventing and countering aggression, bullying, harassment and violence, and having the experience of practically implementing such means within their own school / educational communities under supervision.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is designed for school personnel, particularly those with responsibility for or a role in policymaking, and those with a pastoral role within the school community – e.g., principals, deputy / vice-principals, year heads, class tutors, SPHE teachers, resource teachers, guidance counsellors, etc. – and other suitably qualified persons.


The taught component contains four modules. The blended learning approach of the first three modules involves a combination of on-line supported distance education and face-to-face interaction at a fortnightly tutorial during
the academic year. The fourth module involves the course participants undertaking supervised practical antibullying / anti-violence work within their own school / educational communities. Each module requires course participants to attend these tutorials, and also to read and utilize on-line resources in advance of each week of
tutorial attendance. The first and second modules are completed in the first semester of the academic year, and the third and fourth modules are completed in the second semester of the academic year. Those students who have attained a satisfactory level in their module assignments progress to the dissertation year. Normally, students are required to submit their dissertation within twelve months. The second year is a research year, and the student will be involved in the writing of a dissertation under the guidance of an experienced supervisor.

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Last updated 23 September 2014