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Foundation Studies

Master in Education
(Foundation Studies)

Timetable 2017-18 [PDF]


Applications can now be made for the Master in Education Foundation Studies programme organised by the School of Education Trinity College Dublin. In the 17/18 academic year the Foundation Studies Strand will consist of one core module entitled Thinking Education, and three further modules chosen from a range of courses to include: Assessment and Evaluation in Education: Issues and Applications, Educational Psychology, Education and Social Policy, History and Historiography of Education, ICTs in Education, Introduction to Language Education, Sociology of Education and Teacher Leadership for 21st Century Schools. However, not all modules may be offered in any given academic year.

Aims of the programme

The Foundation Studies programme aims to provide students with the opportunity to engage with a number of disciplines that inform educational theory and practice. In addition it aims to equip students with the knowledge and capacity to undertake empirical and/or non-empirical forms of research related to their chosen domain. The course is comprised of a range of modules that reflect the current research and teaching interests within the School of Education. Students choose four of these modules to make up the first part of the M.Ed. programme.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is intended for persons who wish to gain a comprehensive and contemporary understanding in a number of disciplines that inform educational theory and practice. It is appropriate for practitioners working at all levels in education (primary, post-primary and tertiary) as well as those who have a professional interest in education.


The taught component contains four modules, with each module containing approximately 25 hours of contact time. Modules will be offered on week day evenings in Trinity College normally from 4-6pm during both Semesters. The modules will take an interactive approach based around relevant readings and student participation. Assessment will be by means of academic papers of approximately 4000-5000 words in length (or equivalent). Activities such as student presentations, case-studies or portfolio type projects may form part of the assessment of some of the modules. Students who have attained a satisfactory level in their module assignments may progress to the dissertation year. This is a research year and the student will be involved in the writing of a
dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor. A course in research methods forms part of the dissertation work.

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Last updated 11 September 2017